Fenugreek seed. It’s not a commonly talked about seed. When looking at the ingredients of the Superfood Slam bar I was eating the other day the name caught my eye. Little did I know that it would make for an interesting web search. I was quite surprised at how many uses and benefits this little seed from the pea family has.
As an antioxidant it helps to slow aging and supports the immune system in fighting disease. On that note Wikipedia.org says that “in recent research, fenugreek seeds were experimentally shown to protect against cancers of the breast and colon” Great news!
I found an informative article on Nandyala.org about Fenugreek seed, written by Anjali Damerla of Supreme Spice. It highlighted various cooking uses as well as some facts about it’s effectiveness. From the article:
These seeds are very high in protein. 3.5 ounces (100 gms) of uncooked seeds supply 23 gms of protein. This is almost equivalent to the amount of protein found in a 3 -3.5 ounces serving of meat, fish or poultry.
One of the more widely known uses of the seed is to help increase milk production for nursing mothers. This can happen within 24-72 hours of taking the seed and has few side effects.Â As a natural product it may give you peace of mind rather than taking a prescribed drug to achieve similar results.
One of the lesser known uses of Fenugreek seed is that it’s a natural breast enhancement.Â BreastFeedingOnline.com goes on to state that:
…you can drink fenugreek as a tea, use it in yogurt, applesauce or soups, or make a light mixture with any lotion and massage it directly into the breasts.
It may also aid in increasing sexual desire in women as well as increasing breast beauty and health.Â
If correct, that would pretty much eliminate the need for silicon enhancement when you can use a natural and organic product. It does make me think twice about eating too many of the Superfood Slam bars but I’m sure the small amount in a PROBAR® will keep me looking manly and not so womanly.
All kidding aside, I am continually amazed at the various healthy ingredients that can be found in a PROBAR®.
If you know of any other uses or even some recipes that include Fenugreek seed, please let us know by commenting below.
–image credit Purcell Mountain Farms