Indian miracle Seed: Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum - graceum L.)
Tejashwini Padakatti, Renuka Meti
Food used as a preventative to disease and as an essential part of medicine has been established for over 4000 years by physicians of natural medicine. Fenugreek seed is one of the best medicines. It is commonly known as Methi an annual herb belonging to family Fabaceae. Chemical properties of fenugreek seeds were evaluated for nutritional study and found to be excellent source for protein, fibre and vitamins. It is common ingredient in dishes from the Indian subcontinent. It is known for its medicinal qualities such as antidiabetic, anticarcinogenic, hypocholesterolemic, antioxidant and immunological activities. Beside its medicinal value, it is also used as a part of various food product developments as food stabilizer, adhesive and emulsifying agent. Fenugreek seed helps for production of milk in lactating mother. Sprouted fenugreek seeds have amazing health benefits on the metabolic diseases and hence these seeds can be used as a large number of nutraceuticals.