Health Benefits Of Fenugreek (Methi)

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a natural herb that was originally found in the Mediterranean area but is now cultivated in countries such as India (the world’s major producer), and even in countries outside of the Mediterranean like China, Spain, and Argentina. Fenugreek seeds appear to have multifarious uses and benefits, as cuisines, medicines, home remedies and even for hygiene; the herb is prized for both its leaf and seed. Today, it is commercially available as supplements.

The Mediterranean world and India, known for their penchant for spicy herbs, use fenugreek extensively in their cuisine. Fenugreek has become a part of their daily diet and also staple condiment in both their comfort foods and other specific food preparations. However, aside from fenugreek’s use in the kitchen, it has been reported to be a natural herbal alternative to relieving fever, asthma, arthritis, skin inflammation.

Fenugreek has certain substances that are antiseptic in nature that would help in the treatment of wounds. It has proven to be a potent herbal remedy for diabetes even in its raw form as it reduces sugar in the blood and boosts one’s tolerance for sugar.

Fenugreek (Methi) is a leafy vegetable with potent medicinal uses. Its regular addition in your diet helps in keeping the body healthy. It is a strong, robust perennial herb.

There are two common varieties of fenugreek; Marwari Methi and Masuri Methi.

Steaming is considered to be the best option for cooking fenugreek leaves. The seeds of methi usually contain mucilage, oil resin, and albumin which are used for flavoring various food items.

The leaves of fenugreek have aromatic, mild aperient and cooling properties. The paste of methi leaves if applied over the scalp at regular intervals proves to be an effective source of lengthening of the hairs, preserving the natural color of the hair and keeping hair soft and silky.

Furthermore, the application of methi paste over the face daily, at night time, and later washing off with warm water helps in treating various skin problems such as pimples, blackheads, face dryness, and inhibiting the appearance of the wrinkles over the face.

Fenugreek Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving (100g Per Serving)
Calories 323
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 1.5g
7%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 67mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 58g
19%
Dietary Fiber 25g
100%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 17%
Iron 186%

How to treat various health ailments using fenugreek or methi leaves:

Digestive Disorders:


The regular consumption of fenugreek seeds helps in relieving gastric issues. Fenugreek is beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, and biliousness.

Anemia:


To treat this ailment it is advised to consume include leaves of fenugreek liberally in your diet for beneficial results.

Pregnancy And Lactation:


Fenugreek proves an effective tonic for pregnant and lactating mothers. It is advised that methi seeds should be fry in the ghee and later it should be finely grounded and mixed with flour and sugar for halwa. It should be consumed in small quantity every day.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4586661/)

Deadened Sense Of Smell And Taste:


The regular consumption of fenugreek seeds helps in overcoming the problem related to a deadened sense of smell and taste.

Dandruff:


To treat dandruff, it is advised that two tbsp of methi seeds should be soaked, all night, in water and later finely grounded to paste next morning. This paste should be evenly applied over the scalp and left for half an hour for beneficial results.

Fevers:


To cure problem-related to fevers, it is advised that a tea made with fenugreek should be consumed at regular intervals for beneficial results.

Respiratory Disorders:


To treat issues related to the respiratory system such as bronchitis, sinusitis, catarrh, pneumonia, it is advised that tea made by fenugreek should be consumed at a regular interval for beneficial results.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5930943/)

Sore Throat:

To treat a sore throat, it is advised that you gargle fenugreek tea prepared by boiling fenugreek seeds in water. This should be done once a day for beneficial results.

Bad Breath And Odor:


To treat bad breath and body odor it is advised to drink tea made from fenugreek at regular intervals for beneficial results.

Diabetes:


To treat diabetes, it is advised to consume fenugreek seeds, daily, in the morning with water for beneficial results.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17313713)

Swellings:

To curb problems related to swellings, it is advised that poultice made from fenugreek leaves should be applied over the affected area to have gradual relief from pain.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4980935/)

 

Fenugreek has in it, a natural compound that is almost like estrogen hormone known as diosgenin. This is why many people recognize the benefits of fenugreek seeds as part of medicinal hormone aid because it reduces the pain of hot flashes and menstrual cramps. It also helps the production of breast-milk in nursing mothers. It is also bragged about by some women as natural breast enhancer! It gives nursing mothers renewed energy after childbirth.

Athletes also like it because it builds muscle mass. It promotes metabolism for overall health. With increased intake as a supplement, it is known to lower triglycerides (that which is associated to the buildup of fatty mass in arteries that causes heart problems and stroke) and cholesterol levels, and it’s also popular as a dietary supplement.

Side Effects
The benefits of fenugreek seeds intake may be many and good, but as with everything that is consumed, it must be taken with care. In using fenugreek as supplements, it is advisable to talk with your doctor before using it, mostly for women who are pregnant, and who may be sensitive to fenugreek’s labor inducing power. An overdose of fenugreek is said to result to allergies, diarrhea, low blood sugar, bleeding, and miscarriage in pregnant women.

 

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