A Review on Nutritional and Antioxidant Values, and Medicinal Properties of Trigonella foenum-graecum L.
|Gausiya Bashri1, Vijay Pratap Singh2* and Sheo Mohan Prasad1|
|1Ranjan Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Allahabad, Allahabad-211002, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|2Govt. Ramanuj Pratap Singhdev Post Graduate College, Baikunthpur, Korea-497335, Chhattisgarh, India|
|Corresponding Author :||Vijay Pratap Singh
Govt. Ramanuj Pratap Singhdev Post Graduate College
Baikunthpur, Korea-497335, Chhattisgarh, India
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received July 24, 2013; Accepted August 06, 2013; Published August 14, 2013|
|Citation: Bashri G, Singh VP, Prasad SM (2013) A Review on Nutritional and Antioxidant Values, and Medicinal Properties of Trigonella foenum-graecum L. Biochem Pharmacol 2:118. doi:10.4172/2167-0501.1000118|
|Copyright: © 2013 Bashri G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are concerned for many diseases including diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, inflammatory disease, carcinogenesis and aging. In treatment of these diseases, antioxidant therapy has gained much importance. Recent research is now being aimed to find naturally occurring antioxidants of plant. In India, Trigonella foenum–graecum L. (fenugreek) is an important medicinal plant and its leaves and seeds have been used in various illnesses and as a health tonic since very long time. Fenugreek is known to have hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolaemic, antioxidant potency, digestive stimulant action, and hepatoprotective effect. Recent research demonstrated that fenugreek is a valuable medicinal plant of multipurpose uses and may be used for preparing various products such as steroidal hormones. To enhance the contents of therapeutic substances in fenugreek, breeding and biotechnology practices have been applied with considerable success and have also contributed to pharmaceutical industry income. In this short review, we will summarize nutritional and antioxidant values, and medicinal properties of fenugreek together with breeding and biotechnological practices that are being made in hope to increase its metabolites’ contents.