Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek (commonly known as ‘methi’) is a popular ingredient in many Indian dishes. It’s leaves are strongly aromatic and gives a nice flavour to a dish. Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of trigonelline, lysine and l-tryptophan. The seeds also contain a large amount of saponins and fibers that may account for many of the health benefits of fenugreek.It has a little bitter taste.

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  • Fenugreek seeds are rich in vitamin E. These are added as preservatives in pickles.
  • Herbal tea made with fenugreek, lemon and honey is traditionally used as remedy for fevers.
  • Fenugreek has also been used to stimulate uterine contractions and induce childbirth.
  • Fenugreek extract has been suggested to assist in balancing women’s hormones.
  • A paste made from fresh fenugreek leaves applied regularly to the scalp before a bath may help with hair growth and reduce dandruff.

Let’s have a look to some of the benefits of fenugreek seeds:

  • Reduces acidity – Fenugreek is said to be an effective heartburn or acid reflux remedy because the mucilage in fenugreek seeds assists in soothing gastrointestinal inflammation, and coating the stomach and intestinal lining.
  • Helps with Weight Loss –  This thermogenic herb aids weight loss by suppressing appetite, increasing energy in the short term, and potentially modulating carbohydrate metabolism. include fenugreek in your weight loss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. The natural soluble fibre in the fenugreek can swell and fill the stomach thereby suppressing your appetite and aiding your weight loss goals.
  • Reduces Cholesterol – Fenugreek contains saponins that help reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods.
  • Controls blood sugar levels – Diabetics must include methi (either in the form of seeds or leaves) in their diet. Because galactomannan, a natural soluble fibre present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood. It also contains amino acid responsible for inducing the production of insulin.
  • Remedy for fever and sore throat – Fenugreek, when taken with a teaspoon of lemon and honey, can work wonders to reduce fever by nourishing the body. The soothing effect of mucilage in fenugreek also helps to relieve cough and pain in throat.
  • Induces and eases child-birth – Fenugreek has been known to be helpful in inducing childbirth by stimulating uterine contractions. It also reduces labour pain. But here’s a word of caution.

I would recommend to take it after consulting your physician only. As excess intake of fenugreek seeds during pregnancy could put you at risk of miscarriage or premature childbirth.

Side Effects of fenugreek seeds:

  • In large doses, fenugreek may cause birth-defects because of its teratogenic potential. It would be prudent to avoid fenugreek supplementation during pregnancy.
  • Fenugreek seeds can cause internal bleeding.
  • Severe allergy symptoms include chest pain, facial swelling, and difficulty breathing or swallowing.
  • Allergic Reactions: Common symptoms are rash, hives, breathlessness and fainting. Discontinue consumption of fenugreek if you are susceptible to fenugreek allergies.
  • It may cause loose motions

–Ankita K.

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