The Many Uses Of Fenugreek Sprouts
There are many claims about the good things fenugreek sprouts can do for you. Naturally, not all of these claims have been substantiated. Most agree however that fenugreek sprouts are very healthy, have an outstanding reputation as a culinary item, and are effective in treating a number of ailments. Fenugreek sprouts are healthy. There is little dispute about that.
Fenugreek Or Alfalfa - A rough translation of fenugreek is Greek hay, and the mature plant, which is a legume, stands about 2 feet tall and has long been used for animal fodder, and seems to be particularly effective as a food for animals which have for whatever reason, gone off their feed. Its widespread use as animal fodder might make one wonder about its suitability for human consumption. One only needs to look as far as alfalfa. Alfalfa hay is an excellent food for livestock, and alfalfa sprouts are very popular as a healthy human food. Fenugreek sprouts are no different.
Fenugreek spouts and seeds have been a staple in Mediterranean cuisine for centuries and are used in many Asian dishes as well. The seeds are often used as a spice, and both fenugreek leaves and powdered fenugreek seeds are important ingredients in curry.
Fenugreek sprouts are quite easy to grow, with a jar and some cheesecloth being about the only equipment needed. It takes about 3 days to grow edible sprouts. One of the interesting characteristics of fenugreek sprouts is that the flavor can change somewhat from day to day, and if you grow them you'll probably settle on a specific stage of growth where you like them best.
Super Sprouts - As far as nutrients are concerned, fenugreek sprouts are power-packed little plants, rich in vitamins and containing more minerals than one finds in a row of over-the-counter pills. Seriously, at least 14 different minerals are found in fenugreek sprouts, including calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and silicon, and zinc, to name just half of them. Nearly all of the vitamins are found in the plant, as well as folic acid, both soluble and insoluble fiber, amino acids, lysine, and protein. Given all of that, it's not hard to see that fenugreek sprouts are not only healthy eating, but might serve a useful purpose in treating certain ailments as well.
Valid Claims - So just what are some of the claims about fenugreek sprouts that appear to have a reasonable amount of validity? For one thing it is an effective detox agent, although you’ll have to eat more than a few sprouts for it to really be effective. At first you may smell a little like fenugreek, which is not unpleasant although not really pleasing either. Eat enough sprouts however and the fenugreek scent goes away, presumably meaning you've been detoxified. Fenugreek tea has long been used to treat and soothe digestive disorders and symptoms, and the sprouts seem to have a similar effect. Fenugreek is also well known as an aid in relieving sore throats and congestion. The seeds as a spice, may be a little more effective than the sprouts, but whether you use seeds, leaves, or fenugreek sprouts, you'll probably witness at least some relief.
Valid Or Invalid Claims? - Here's a brief list of some of the claims regarding benefits of fenugreek sprouts. You can pick the ones you think make sense, remembering that not all claims may be true. Fenugreek has been used in a number of cultures for a long time however, which means that not everything that is said about it is necessarily hype. Fenugreek is said to treat the following conditions: chronic fatigue, sciatica, arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pain, ear infections, obesity, digestive disorders, and mood swings. It is also regarded as an aphrodisiac. Some claim fenugreek can be used to treat cataracts and glaucoma, though most physicians would probably disagree.