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Fenugreek - nutritional value, its use as folk medicine remedy and useful general information.

Many herbs have a curative effect, one of them is fenugreek.

Large amount diostenin in the seeds is used as raw material for extraction of synthetic hormones.

Powdered seeds cause gastric and intestinal secretions and act as appetite enhancing, smoothing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic remedy. Lowers blood sugar and improves metabolism. It is used in diabetes as enhancing tool for fatigue in PP vitamin deficiency. In the Bulgarian folk medicine it is used for cough, hemorrhoids, treatment of diabetes, as a laxative, astringent and sexually arousing remedy.

It is taken in the form of infusion: 1 tablespoon finely triturated seeds, pour 400 ml boiling water, allow to soak for 2 hours, filtered through a paper filter and taken by 100 ml 4 times a day before meals.

Externally in the form of hot porridge its applied to open sores, swelling in rheumatism, gout, boils, eczema. In Germany and France is used as a medicinal plant in homeopathy.

When baking and cooking it, the unpleasant smell in the beginning becomes a pleasant aroma. Therefore, the seed that is used as an essential ingredient in the majority of curry-mixtures are roasted and grind prior that. Can be combined with other spices such as savory, black and red pepper, parsley, dill, mint in vegetable and meat dishes, fresh and canned.

Fenugreek takes odors easily, so it must be kept separate from other spices.

Fenugreek leaves (per 100 g of edible portion) contain the following nutrients:
  • Carbohydrates: 6.0 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
  • Fat: 0.9 g
  • Minerals: 1.5 g
  • Calcium: 395 mg
  • Phosphorus: 51 mg
  • Iron: 1.93 mg
  • Total energy: 49 kcal 
So popular in our colorful salt is prepared with fenugreek seeds and many other spices. In some areas of some countries its preferred to spice up with blue fenugreek - Trigonella coerulea. This is also an annual herb with a height of 60 cm, that grows commonly in dry, grassy places in the countryside to 600 m altitude. The colors are blue, gathered in cumulus cluster. The entire aboveground portion of the plant that is collected during flowering is used as for spice. It has application as an insecticide and diuretic and also as honey producing plant.

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