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I cannot emphasise enough on the importance of Fenugreek (Methi) for Indian households. Whenever I have a bad (rather a gastric) stomach, my mom would give me methi seeds soaked in water the night before.
And for sure it cools and soothes my stomach so much.
Methi or fenugreek is consumed as seeds and leaves.
Surprisingly, this spice comes with a lot of medicinal value and is beneficial to the body in many ways.
Fenugreek leaves have a plethora of nutrients such as vitamins (A, B6, C and K), minerals (like copper, potassium and zinc), folic acid, niacin and thiamine.
Now we will see the various health benefits of methi.
Fenugreek is rich in fibre and antioxidants. The two elements help the stomach to cool down and flush out the accumulated toxins. The seeds can be an effective remedy for heartburn. The mucilage coat the lining of the stomach and intestine and relieve irritated gastrointestinal tissues.
To turn the outer coating of the seeds mucilaginous (a new word for today, though), you can soak the seeds in water.
Oh, now I understand why my mom soaks them every time before making me eat it!
You can also drink fenugreek tea in the morning to ease constipation. Don’t know how to make the decoction? Click here to find out.
Methi has compounds that are similar to estrogen (female sex hormone), namely diosgenin and isoflavones. They deduct the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) like menstrual cramps.
Women are subject to iron deficiency during adolescence (the period between early teenage and early adulthood), pregnancy and breastfeeding. The ideal diet to enhance iron for women would be adding methi leaves along with tomatoes and potatoes, that help further in its absorption.
Applying a paste made from fresh fenugreek leaves on your face for 20 minutes can eliminate skin problems like blackheads, wrinkles and pimples. Read more about fenugreek face mask.
Including methi leaves/seeds in your diet can transform your dull and dry hair to shiny and black. Also, it keeps dandruff at bay. Massaging your hair everyday with boiled seeds soaked overnight with coconut oil can be awesome for those of you who have thin and weak hair.
A spoon of fenugreek mixed with a spoon of lemon and honey can alleviate fever, cough and pain from sore throat. This is because of the presence of a substance called mucilage, that gives methi a slightly gluey sensation.
The presence of galactomannan and amino acids are responsible for slowing down sugar absorption in blood and enhancing insulin production, respectively. Therefore, fenugreek seeds/leaves can effectively regulate blood sugar levels and highly recommended for diabetic patients.
As the estrogen-like compounds reduce menstrual cramps, they also can help in breast enlargement and milk production in lactating mothers, as it balances the female sex hormone.
Also ensuring a healthy stomach, adding soaked fenugreek seeds to your morning diet can initiate weight loss. The natural fibre in it swells the stomach and suppresses your appetite.
Fenugreek contains high proportions of potassium and fibre that control heart rate and blood pressure and result in a healthy heart. Additionally, it lowers cholesterol levels that play a crucial role in heart diseases.
Loire Wellness offers Heart Wellness Formula with a powerful combination of Methi and 6 essential herbs to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy heart. You should definitely try this natural supplement.
Here’s a quick look at the health benefits of Methi or Fenugreek with this short infographic. (Source: Pinterest)
I am now sure that you have enough reasons to add this popular Indian herb to your regular diet.
It’s definitely fun for me to bring informative content to you. I hope you have your best days ahead and always stay safe during the pandemic!