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Absorbs calories from fat, these soluble fibers also help to lower cholesterol and effectively nourish the body, due to its high protein content.


This spice strong in flavor (fenugreek is a small leguminous plant whose young leaves are eaten in salads and seeds as a spice) is not only an essential ingredient of many Indian dishes; It also has an indisputable effect on blood sugar. Supplements are sold for that purpose. According to recent studies, fenugreek has a similar action as insulin, hence its hypoglycemic effect.

The small yellow-brown seeds whose odor resembles that of celery, but whose flavor is more bitter, are rich in soluble fibers and thus allows athletes or too emaciated people to achieve a healthy weight by promoting an adequate musculature when avoiding unnecessary accumulation of fat in adipose tissue, indeed, fenugreek has this ability to absorb calories from fat. These soluble fibers also contribute to lowering cholesterol.

It nourishes the body efficiently, thanks to its protein content.

Among the oldest medicinal and culinary herbs cultivated in the history of humanity, fenugreek is very rich in iron in vitamins and in minerals salts. It also contains diosgenin (a raw material of DHEA), a natural substance very close to the hormones produced by the body of the woman.

Nowadays, the food industry uses it to mimic the maple flavor in some products.

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol;
  • Reduces pain caused by osteoarthritis and neuralgia;
  • Controls the glucose level of diabetics (glycaemia);
  • Fights anemia;
  • Prevents hypertension;
  • Relieving inflammation (external pathway);
  • Relieves bronchitis, colds and various forms of allergies;
  • Stimulating the pancreas;
  • Tonic and hypotensive action on the heart;
  • Vermifuge.


Fenugreek seeds have long been used to induce uterine contractions and to facilitate childbirth. For safety reasons, pregnant women are advised not to exceed the usual doses of food, in order to avoid any risk of miscarriage or premature delivery.

In cooking

The seeds go into the preparation of stews and curries, and give a special flavor to salads and fish dishes, especially when sprouted.

Here is how you can consume fenugreek :

  • - Fenugreek powder : you can use the powder directly by sprinkling it in your culinary preparations.
  • - The seeds of fenugreek : they are very hard, some crunch directly to enjoy their benefits, but be careful, you must have good teeth!
    If you have a good food processor, you can reduce them to powder for cooking.
    Alternatively, you can boil 2 or 3 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in 250 ml of water for 15 minutes, then you drink the infusion to enjoy its virtues. You can do the same thing in decoction or by letting infuse the spice overnight in cold water.
    Once infused or decoupled the seeds will be less hard and can be used in cooking to scent dishes, or can be chewed or even sprouted !

In Africa, India and the Middle East, fenugreek is used in the production of aromatic spices such as Moroccan ras-el-hanout, Indian vadouvan, Indian curry or tandoori masala.

  • - You can sprinkle a teaspoon in your poultry or vegetable stir-fries without any problem.
  • - It goes very well with lentils. Brown 1 or 2 teaspoons of fenugreek powder in oil when cooking garlic or onion.
  • - In the stews. A teaspoon for 2 people will suffice.

Purchase and conservation

Fenugreek seeds can be purchased from organic food stores or bulk supermarkets. Prefer a small quantity, in order to preserve the most freshness of the seed.


Like all spices, fenugreek seeds are easily stored in a sealed container in a dry place away from light.

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