Fenugreek or Methi is a culinary herb that does wonders for your skin, eyes, and body!
Fenugreek has a long history of being considered as the finest herb for gastrointestinal health, to enhance feminine beauty, to balance blood sugar levels, and as an aid to the thought process. It has been a focus of several studies concerning the treatment of diabetes and the prevention of breast cancer. Its ability to balance hormone levels aids in treating PMS and menopause and its antioxidants slow ageing. The plant is also employed against bronchitis, fevers, sore throats, wounds, swollen glands, skin irritations, ulcers, and in the treatment of cancer. Fenugreek has been used to promote lactation and as an aphrodisiac. By and large, it is a miracle herb with profound health benefits.
Fenugreek leaves provide 49 calories and contain 89% water, 6% carbohydrates, 4% protein and less than 1% fat and Calcium. Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, Iron, and several other essential dietary minerals.
Modes of Consumption
Fenugreek seeds are rich in vitamin E and are added as preservatives in pickles.
Dried leaves are used for flavouring meat, fish and vegetable curries and baked dishes.
Herbal tea made with fenugreek, lemon and honey are traditionally used as a remedy for fevers. The soothing effect of mucilage in fenugreek also helps to relieve a cough and pain from a sore throat.
It has been used traditionally as a remedy for eczema, burns, abscesses, and gout.
A paste made from fresh fenugreek leaves applied regularly to the scalp before a bath may help with hair growth, improve hair complexion, and reduce dandruff.
Lowers blood cholesterol and reduces risk of heart diseases
It helps to reduce cholesterol level, especially that of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL). They are known to be rich sources of steroidal saponins that prevent the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides. Due to the presence of galactomannan, fenugreek plays a key role in maintaining your heart health. It also contains a high amount of potassium that counters the action of sodium to help control heart rate and blood pressure.
Controls blood sugar levels
Diabetics must include methi in their diet. Because galactomannan, a natural soluble fibre present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into the blood. It also contains amino acid responsible for inducing the production of insulin.
Aids in digestion
As a rich source of fibre and antioxidants, it helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and also in supporting the digestive system. Fenugreek tea is an excellent drink to relieve indigestion and stomach pain.
Helps in Weight Loss
Chewing on soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach helps a great deal with weight loss. This thermogenic herb aids weight loss by suppressing appetite, increasing energy in the short term, and potentially modulating carbohydrate metabolism.
As a galactagogue: Increases breast milk production in lactating women
It contains diosgenin which increases milk production in lactating mothers.
Help reduce menstrual discomfort
Fenugreek contains compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones with Estrogen or Oestrogen like properties that help to reduce symptoms such as discomfort and menstrual cramps associated with PMS. These compounds also ease menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood fluctuations.
Helps treat skin problems and reduce scars
It can be used in face packs to help prevent blackheads, pimples, wrinkles, etc. Washing your face with water boiled with fenugreek seeds or applying a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves for twenty minutes on your face can work wonders for your skin. The anti-inflammatory compounds present in fenugreek help in the treatment of various skin problems and scars.
Helps resolve hair problems
Using fenugreek as a part of your diet or as a paste to directly apply on your hair makes your hair shiny and black. Massaging your head every day with boiled fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in coconut oil can be an excellent remedy to treat thinning of hair and hair fall.
Limits on Consumption
It is particularly recommended for diabetic people and lactating women. Due to its properties of a galactagogue, lactating women can consume the seeds to increase milk production. For diabetics, the recommended dose is 1 gram of seeds per day.