Fenugreek is one of the oldest medicinally used plants, with roots in both traditional Indian and Chinese systems of medicine.
It is an herb in the same family as soy. People use its fresh and dried seeds, leaves, twigs, and roots as a spice, flavoring agent, and supplement. It was even described on an Egyptian papyrus dating back to 1500 B.C., according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
One tablespoon of whole seeds has 36 calories and provides the following:[2.73 grams fiber2.55 grams protein21.2 milligrams magnesium19.5 milligrams calcium3.72 milligrams iron0.32 milligrams thiamine.0.13 milligrams manganese
Health Benefits Of Fenugreek Seeds
- Raise testosterone and boost sperm count
Fenugreek may help increase low testosterone and sperm levels. In a 2017 study, 50 male volunteers took an extract of fenugreek seeds for 12 weeks. About 85 percent of the participants had an increased sperm count. The results also indicate that the extract consistently improved mental alertness, mood, and libido.
- Improve milk production and flow
Fenugreek may help stimulate breast milk production and ease the flow. Practitioners of traditional Asian medicine have long recommended fenugreek for this purpose. In a 2014 study, 25 women who had recently given birth drank three cups of fenugreek tea daily for 2 weeks and saw an increase in milk volume in the first weeks.
- Menstrual Cramps and menopausal problems.
Diosgenin, a naturally occurring compound in fenugreek that mimics the estrogen in the human body is accountable for its ability to minimize the effects of hot flashes and menstrual cramps, this is according to Michael Castleman, author of “The New Healing Herbs.”
- Help treat skin problems
Fenugreek or methi 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.
- Helps counter acid reflux or heartburn
One teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in your food can be an effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburn. Mucilage of fenugreek seeds coat the lining of the stomach and intestine and soothe irritated gastrointestinal tissues. Before consuming, you can soak the methi seeds in water to make their outer coat mucilaginous.
- Pain relief
Fenugreek has long been used for pain relief in traditional systems of medicine. Researchers think that compounds called alkaloids in the herb help block sensory receptors that allow the brain to perceive pain. In a 2014 study, 51 women with painful periods took capsules of fenugreek seed powder three times a day for the first 3 days of their periods for 2 consecutive months. They experienced a shorter duration of pain and fewer symptoms between the months.
- Reduces Inflammation
Fenugreek’s glycosides and steroidal saponins (steroid precursors) have anti-inflammatory properties, people often take fenugreek to reduce the redness, pain, and swelling caused by inflammation, and use it for ulcers arthritis, and gout.
The herb shows promise for helping reduce the discomfort of skin conditions like eczema. Ground into a paste, fenugreek may even soothe certain skin conditions when applied topically. Try making a poultice — wrap fenugreek seeds in cloth, warm it, and apply it to your skin — to reduce inflammation
- Induces and eases childbirth
Fenugreek has been known to be helpful in inducing childbirth by stimulating uterine contractions. It also reduces labour pain. However, Excess intake of fenugreek seeds during pregnancy could put you at risk of miscarriage or premature childbirth.
- Fenugreek for weight loss
Galactomannan, a water-soluble fiber found in fenugreek seeds, curbs your appetite by enhancing the feeling of fullness, which helps in weight management. Galactomannan also increases the body’s metabolism, which boosts fat burning as well as overall health.
Drinking warm fenugreek water is an effective way to reduce weight. This amazing recipe is simple and can be prepared quickly.
How to use fenugreek for weight loss.
- Firstly, roast some fenugreek seeds in a pan.
- Crush the seeds using a blender or mortar to make a fine powder
- Add 1 teaspoon of fenugreek powder to a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach every morning to yield results in less than a month.
Caution: Fenugreek is considered safe and is widely used as a great tonic for various health benefits. However, the herb/spice is not recommended during pregnancy as it may cause early uterine contraction.
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