Thursday, 1 January 2015

Fenugreek Seed Benefits and Usage

Fenugreek Seeds are strongly aromatic and flavorful. They are bitter in taste till they are not slightly roasted. They are rich in vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins A, B6, and C, and are a storehouse of minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium.

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 Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds:

  • Increases Breast Milk - Fenugreek is used as a galactagogue by nursing mothers to increase inadequate breast milk supply.
  • Reduces Cholesterol - Fenugreek contains saponins that help 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 levels.
  • Prevents Diabetes - An unusual amino acid, so far found only in fenugreek, has possible anti-diabetic properties such as enhancing insulin secretion under hyperglycemic conditions, and increasing insulin sensitivity.
  • Protects from Cancer - Studies have shown that the fibers in fenugreek help prevent certain cancers. Fenugreek has estrogenic effects and could be a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
  • Maintains healthy Testosterone Levels - According to study report significant positive effect of fenugreek on physiological aspects of male libido and also found that it may assist to maintain normal healthy testosterone levels.
  • Aids Digestion - 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 - Fenugreek complements diet and exercise for weight loss. This thermogenic herb aids weight loss by suppressing appetite, increasing energy in the short term, and potentially modulating carbohydrate metabolism.

Fenugreek as Natural Remedies:

  •  Herbal tea made with fenugreek, lemon and honey is traditionally used as remedy for fevers.
  • A paste made from fresh fenugreek leaves applied regularly to scalp before bath helps hair growth, improves hair complexion, and reduces dandruff.
  • Fenugreek is used traditionally as remedy for eczema, burns, abscesses, and gout.
  • Fenugreek extract has been suggested to assist in balancing women’s hormones as also to enlarge breasts.


Medicinal usage of fenugreek seed:

  • Its seeds have been used in many traditional medicines as a laxative, digestive, and as a remedy for cough and bronchitis.
  • If used regularly, fenugreeks may help control cholesterol, triglyceride as well as high blood sugar levels in diabetics.
  • Fenugreek seeds added to cereals and wheat flour or made into gruel, given to the nursing mothers may increase breast milk production.


Culinary usage:

  • Fenugreek is one of the chief ingredients in Indian curry and masala powders.
  • Small quantity of sprouted seeds added to vegetables and lentil dishes.
  • Fenugreek greens, known as methi, either fresh or dried, is one of the prominent leafy-green featuring in India and Pakistani cooking with spinach, potato, carrots, etc.
  • Sprouted fenugreek seeds are used in salads, paste, dips, fillings, etc.

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