Fenugreek seeds smell and taste somewhat like maple syrup. Fenugreek leaves are eaten in India as a vegetable. Fenugreek is taken by mouth for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, inflammation of the stomach (gastritis).
Fenugreek Nutrition Facts
One serving — 1 tablespoon — of fenugreek seeds contains:
- 35.5 calories
- 6.4 grams carbohydrates
- 2.5 grams protein
- 0.7 gram fat
- 2.7 grams fiber
- 3.7 milligrams iron (20 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram manganese (7 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram copper (6 percent DV)
- 21 milligrams magnesium (5 percent DV)
- 32.6 milligrams phosphorus (3 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram vitamin B6 (3 percent DV)
The health benefits of fenugreek include relief from anemia, loss of taste, fever, dandruff, stomach disorders, biliousness, respiratory disorders, mouth ulcers, sore throat, diabetes, inflammations, wounds, and insomnia. It is beneficial in lactation and helps in improving digestion, and is used in hair care. It is also shown to reduce cholesterol levels and protect heart health, while simultaneously boosting the immune system and protecting against flu and various infections.