In India, fenugreek is commonly referred as ‘Methi’. It is a multipurpose spice which is widely used in Indian kitchens for various culinary purposes. The seeds are used in cooking, to make medicine, or to hide the taste of other medicine. Fenugreek seeds smell and taste somewhat like maple syrup. Fenugreek leaves are eaten in India as a vegetable. The fenugreek plant stands erect at two to three feet tall, and the seed pods contain 10–20 small, flat, yellow-brown, pungent and aromatic seeds.
It is an herb whose leaves and seeds have been used since millennia. Fenugreek is taken by mouth for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, inflammation of the stomach (gastritis). Fenugreek is also used for diabetes, painful menstruation, polycystic ovary syndrome, and obesity. It is also used for conditions that affect heart health such as “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis) and for high blood levels of certain fats including cholesterol and triglycerides. Traditionally, fenugreek seeds have been used as a condiment to promote better health and as a potent hair potion. Methi seeds also helps controlling the diabetes to inducing labor.
Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease – Due to the presence of galactomannan, fenugreek plays a key role in maintain your heart health. It also contains high amount of potassium that counters the action of sodium to help control heart rate and blood pressure.
Reduces Cholesterol – It contains saponins that helps to reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods. Some studies also indicate saponins to have a role to play in reducing the body’s production of cholesterol, especially the LDL or bad cholesterol.
Controls Diabetes – Fenugreek slows down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into bloodstream, because of the presence of the natural fiber galactomannan. A certain amino acid (4-hydroxyisoleucine) in fenugreek induces the production of insulin so therefore, 15-20 grams of fenugreek is recommended for controlling blood sugar on a daily basis.
Relieves Constipation – It adds bulk to the stool due to its high fiber content. This also makes it helpful in treating constipation and diarrhea, while also relieving minor indigestion.
Protects from Cancer – Methi seeds may help to prevent the certain cancers. The saponins and mucilage in fenugreek bind to toxins in the food and flush them out, thus protecting the mucus membrane of the colon from cancers.
Helps with Weight Loss – This thermo genic herb aids weight loss by suppressing appetite, increasing energy in the short term, and potentially modulating carbohydrate metabolism. Fenugreek complements diet and exercise for weight loss.
Cures Acidity – Methi seed helps in curing the acid reflux (heartburn) as it has mucilage which covers the stomach and intestinal linings and soothes the irritated tissues of the gastrointestinal tract.
Treats Digestive Problems – It helps in treating the common digestive problems like loss of appetite, stomach upset, stomach inflammation or gastritis and etc.
Rich Source of Vitamins – It is very helpful in treating the kidney ailments and deficiency symptoms of the vitamin such as mouth ulcers, baldness, chronic coughs, chapped lips, beriberi, boils, cellulitis, tuberculosis, bronchitis, cancer and etc.