Natural wonder: Fenugreek
Fenugreek or methi has been explored since ages due to the gamut range of health and beauty benefits it offers. Being enriched with bio active chemicals, minerals and vitamins fenugreek is truly a natural wonder. Let’s explore the goodness of fenugreek here...
Management of Diabetes
Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fibre, which helps lower blood sugar by decelerating digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. Your glucose tolerance is also improved. This property of fenugreek proves effective in treating people with both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Improves your heart health
Fenugreek is loaded with potassium which restores balance of electrolytes and maintains proper cardiac function. The natural element galactomannan is also known to have promising heart benefits. Dietary fibres and antioxidants further balance cholesterol levels, protect blood vessels and maintain blood circulation.
Natural breast augmentation
Many herbal therapists use fenugreek to augment development of breasts in women. It enhances secretion of the hormone estrogen which brings about the desired action. Soak or boils the seeds in water and drink 2 cups of water daily. You can use fenugreek oil for breast massage.
For lactating mothers
Fenugreek is often given to lactating mothers to enhance breast milk production. The compound galactagogue stimulates secretion of milk and therefore, your doctor might recommend a specific dose of fenugreek capsules to receive the promising benefits.
Fenugreek relieves from PMS and menopausal symptoms
Fenugreek contains a wonder chemical which is known as diosgenin. The function of this chemical is similar to that of estrogen. Drinking the water steeped in fenugreek seeds would help to overcome PMS and menopausal symptoms like abdominal cramps, irregular periods, hot flashes, respectively.
Improves digestive health
Fenugreek seeds are loaded with soluble dietary fibres known as mucilage, which helps alleviate digestion problems. Eating some amounts of fenugreek daily can tone down stomach inflammation, acidity, heartburn, gas, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. The healthy fibre and antioxidants further protect your stomach from harmful bacteria and restores the microbial flora. You can have fenugreek supplements after consulting your doctor or try the home remedies- like drinking fenugreek tea or adding a few seeds while cooking or chewing some fenugreek sprouts.
A medicine for skin problems
Fenugreek is an effect herbal remedy for a wide range of skin conditions ranging from boils, eczema, abscesses, and burns. You can use a fenugreek based cream for this purpose or apply the paste of the seeds topically over the affected portion. If you skin is infested with acne and pimples, then start drinking a cup of water steeped with fenugreek water, daily.
Antidote for hair and scalp problems
The bio active chemicals and antioxidants present in fenugreek protect your scalp against dryness, flakiness and dandruff. Soak generous amounts of seeds in water and grind them the next day to form a smooth paste. Apply it all over your hair, especially in the roots to get rid of hair fall. Apart from that fenugreek also adds shine and lustre to hair.
Fenugreek for general health
If you are consuming the sprouts, tea or power of fenugreek on daily basis, then the antioxidants contained in the seeds would naturally boost your overall health. It includes improvement in kidney function, increased immunity towards infections and respiratory symptoms and reduced risk of cancer.
Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 15, 2015