Fenugreek or popularly referred to as Methi is a household culinary ingredient found in every kitchen. The usage of Methi is popular because of the fact that it is a rich reservoir of medicinal properties that imparts many health benefits to the person consuming it. Methi seeds and leaves are strongly aromatic and flavourful and the seeds are bitter in taste but tend to lose their bitterness when roasted slightly. Traditionally, methi has always been used to cure digestive problems and to improve breast milk secretion in the nursing mothers nevertheless there are also other notable health benefits. The other health benefits include:-
- Rich source of vitamins:
Methi seeds when consumed are a rich source of a variety of vitamins. They are rich in thiamine, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin A, B6, and C and are also a storehouse of minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by countering action on sodium. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome-oxidases enzymes. Lastly, Fenugreek leaves are a rich source of Vitamin K as well.
- Effective method to lose weight:
Methi is an effective method to lose weight as it is composed of natural fibres which tend to reduce hunger yearning in your body thereby burning more calories. The thermogenic property of the herb aids in weight loss by supressing appetite, increasing energy and by modulating carbohydrate metabolism. Chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach can help in weight loss as the natural fibre present in methi can swell and fill the stomach thereby suppressing your appetite.
- Protects the heart:
Courtesy of the presence of low density lipoprotein present in Methi; Methi serves as an effective agent in reducing cholesterol levels in the body. A reduction in cholesterol level in the body automatically ensures that the heart functions under less pressure. Further, methi is also known to be a rich source of steroidal saponins that prevent the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides which prevent blood clotting in the body. Moreover, due to the presence of galactomannan, fenugreek plays an important role in maintaining the health of your heart. Lastly, methi contains high amounts of potassium that counters the action of sodium that help control heart rate and blood pressure.
- Helps in Child Birth and Lactating Mothers:
Fenugreek is strongly advised for nursing mothers because of the presence of diosgenin in it which increases milk production in lactating mothers Also, Fenugreek has been known to be helpful in inducing childbirth by stimulating uterine contractions. Further it also reduces labour pain. But notably, consuming too much of methi during pregnancy could put you at risk of miscarriage or premature childbirth.
- Improves the texture of the skin:
Methi is one of the most common ingredients found in skin treatments because of the presence of Vitamin C in Methi which makes it a very good and powerful antioxidant. Blessed with various anti-inflammatory compounds that aid in the treatment of various skin problems like burns, boils and eczema; methi is an important component when it comes to skin treatments. Notably, the seeds are also known to help in getting rid of scars. Furthermore, methi when used as a facepack can help prevent blackheads, pimples and because of its strong oxidising properties it can help clear the skin and make it a tone brighter. Lastly, when methi is applied to hair it helps keep dandruff away.
- Aids the stomach:
Fenugreek when consumed tends to coat the lining of the stomach and intestine and produce a soothing effect on gastrointestinal tissues. As Methi is rich in fibre and antioxidants, it helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and thus in the process aids digestion. It also acts as a cure for indigestion and stomach pain.