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    Fenugreek seeds

    Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of the polysaccharide galactomannan. They are also a source of saponins such as diosgenin, yamogenin, gitogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogens. Other bioactive constituents of fenugreek include mucilage, volatile oils, and alkaloids such as choline and trigonelline. Fenugreek seeds are used as a herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine under the name Hu Lu Ba. In TCM it warms and tonifies kidneys, disperses cold and alleviates pain. Main indications are called hernia, pain in the groin. It's used raw or toasted. Fenugreek seeds or "Methi" as it is known in India, if taken/swallowed raw(about 2-3 gms)early morning with warm water even before brushing ones teeth and before tea/coffee is supposed to have a therapeutic and healing effect on joint pains, without any side effects. Fenugreek is frequently used in the production of flavoring for artificial maple syrups. The taste of toasted fenugreek, like cumin, is additionally based on substituted pyrazines.