- Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an herb similar to clover. The seeds taste similar to maple syrup and are used in foods and medicine.
- Fenugreek seeds are also used in many Indian dishes for their nutritional profile and slightly sweet, nutty taste.
- The seeds aroma and taste are strong, sweetish, and somewhat bitter, reminiscent of burnt sugar.
- They are commonly ground and used as a spice and may also be mixed with flour for bread or eaten raw or cooked.
- Fenugreek seems to slow sugar absorption in the stomach and stimulate insulin.Both of these effects lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.
- Cholesterol levels: Some evidence indicates that these seeds can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Traditionally considered an aid to digestion, the seeds have been used as an internal emollient for inflammation of the digestive tract, and they have been used as an external poultice for boils and abscesses.
- It is sometimes used to promote milk production in lactating women.
- Alleviate menstruation cramps: Daily ingestion of seeds in either soaked or powdered form relieves dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation period).
- Anti-inflammatory effects: Flavonoid antioxidants (present in methi seeds) possess anti-inflammatory properties, which fight many chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma.