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Fenugreek

The first recorded use of fenugreek is described on an ancient Egyptian papyrus dated to 1500 B.C. Fenugreek seed is commonly used in cooking. Fenugreek is used as an herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seeds).

Fenugreek has an ancient history of both culinary and medicinal use. It has traditionally been used as an appetite stimulant, and recent research indicates a role in natural steroid production, the hormones that drive the growth process. In addition, Trigonella helps to support healthy digestive systems, as well as to maintain healthy levels of glucose and cholesterol in the blood.

Fenugreek softens hardened mucus. Fenugreek helps expel toxic waste. Fenugreek helps to expel mucus from the lungs and bowels. Fenugreek also helps reduce cholesterol. Fenugreek also helps dissolve fatty substances. Drink Fenugreek with lemon juice and honey to soothe your body.

  • Common Names--fenugreek, fenugreek seed
  • Latin Names--Trigonella foenum-graecum Picture of Fenugreek

What Fenugreek Is Used For

  • Historically, fenugreek was used for a variety of health conditions, including menopausal symptoms and digestive problems.
  • It was also used for inducing childbirth. Today, it is used for diabetes and loss of appetite, and to stimulate milk production in breast-feeding women.
  • It is also applied to the skin to treat inflammation.
  • Fenugreek is also used as a spice. The leaves (top) are available fresh, frozen, or dried. Fresh leaves are used as leafy greens in curries (especially with potatoes), or folded into fry-breads. When dried, the leaves retain most of their flavor and make excellent last-minute additions to sauces, curries, and soup. The seeds benefit from longer cooking to infuse with other flavors.
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How Fenugreek Is Used

The dried seeds are ground and taken by mouth or used to form a paste that is applied to the skin.

What the Science Says about Fenugreek

  • A few small studies have found that fenugreek may help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
  • There is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of fenugreek for any other health condition.

Side Effects and Cautions of Fenugreek

  • Possible side effects of fenugreek when taken by mouth include gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
  • Fenugreek can cause irritation when applied to the skin.
  • Given its historical use for inducing childbirth, women should use caution when taking fenugreek during pregnancy.
  • Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

News About Fenugreek

The bitter marvels of fenugreek

By Vandana Shiva and Maya Goburdhan

The word fenugreek, derived from its botanical name Trigonella foenum-graecum, may not seem very inspiring at first; but a closer scrutiny of this legume reveals its marvels. Fenugreek, known as venthiyam in Tamil and methi in Hindi, is one of the oldest cultivated plants. This native of South Eastern Europe and West Asia is now extensively cultivated in India where its seeds and leaves are an important flavouring ingredient in many regional cuisines.

Given its very distinctive and slightly bitter taste, fenugreek may not be a popular spice in world cuisines but therapeutically, its properties are unquestioned; both the seed as well as its green leaves are highly valued pharmaceutically as it is a rich source of phytonutrients such as thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins A, B6 and C, with the leaves boasting of Vitamin K; it also contains various minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc and manganese.

A common house remedy for reducing and controlling the sugar levels of non-insulin dependent diabetics consists of soaking about 1/2 tsp of methi seeds in a little water overnight and gulping the water and seeds first thing in the morning. It has been found that fenugreek is so far the only plant containing an unusual amino acid, known as 4 hydro isoleucine (4 HO-ILE), an element which could help enhance insulin secretion under hyperglycemic conditions, thus increasing insulin sensitivity. An ICMR report also reveals that consuming 25-100 gm of fenugreek seeds a day diminishes hyperglycemia, while significantly reducing levels of glucose serum cholesterol and triglycerides.

Since the seeds are mucilaginous, they are also effective in soothing heartburns and gastro-intestinal inflammation as they coat the stomach and intestinal lining. This property is significantly helpful in case of ulcers.

The steroidal saponins, which fenugreek contains, help reduce absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods. The diogenin present in it is actually used to make a semi-synthetic form of estrogen. In fact, methi seems to be a very woman-friendly ingredient: at the onset of puberty, to prevent anaemia in young girls, they are fed with the cooked leaves. The seeds are said to increase milk flow and they help post-partum mothers tone up their reproductive system after delivery. For this reason, in some communities, the seeds are fried in ghee, finely powdered and mixed with wheat flour and sugar to prepare a halwa for new mothers.

Cosmetically too, both methi leaves and seeds work wonders for the hair and the skin. A paste of fresh leaves, applied to the scalp regularly, helps lengthen hair and prevent premature greying. At night, applied to the face and washed with warm water, it helps clear the skin and prevent early appearance of wrinkles. A paste made from the seeds that have been soaked overnight, when applied to the scalp, helps reduce dandruff and other minor fungal or bacterial infections.

Fenugreek also promotes well being: it is a powerful detoxifier, increasing colonic health and overall body cleansing, eliminating bad breath and body odour. For best results, it is advised to have a tea made from fenugreek seeds. To prepare it, just soak one teaspoon of seeds in one cup of boiling water for some time; you may add a teaspoon of honey to the brew. This tea also soothes inflamed stomach and intestines while cleansing the stomach, bowels, kidneys and respiratory tract of excess mucus.

On the culinary front, when using seeds, lightly toast them to reduce bitterness and enhance aroma and flavour. Methi seeds are used for pickling and are a component of the Bengali spice blend called panch phoron. They are also used in various curries. As for the leaves, they can be used fresh or dried; a tasty pulao can be made using peas and fresh methi leaves; you can also add the chopped up leaves to vada or pakoda batter. For an unusual and highly palatable “bitter-sweet” experience, try gajjar methi sabzi, packed with the goodness of beta-carotene and various micronutrients. It is also fairly easy to make; all you need to do is heat up some oil, preferably cold pressed mustard or coconut, season it with cumin seeds, a pinch of asafoetida, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and then add diced carrots; when carrots are slightly soft, add cut up fenugreek leaves. Regarding the dried leaves, kasoori methi, coming from the region of Kasoor in Pakistan, which gives it its name, is the most flavourful; but similar varieties, also called kasoori methi are available on this side of the frontier too. A spoonful of it can take any gravy or bake to another level. You can also use them to enhance the taste of breads and rotis.

Taste, health and beauty, this super food is a super performer on all these three fronts. So why not swallow this “bitter pill” eagerly for some bitter experiences seem to be well worth it.



Fenugreek Water Benefits: 5 Reasons to Drink This Up Every Morning

(NDTV Food Desk)

Ayurveda is a goldmine of health benefiting ingredients. Many of them can also be used in myriad ways to arrive at potions and concoctions to tackle some of the severest of ailments. The potency of herb-infused waters is unquestionable. Herbs and ingredients like cumin seeds and carom seeds have long been put to use by soaking these overnight and consuming the water the first in the morning. The humble methi dana or fenegreek seeds is another similar ingredient which has long been included and lauded in the Ayurvedic repertoire of herbal remedies. These tiny, amber-coloured seeds are packed with nutrients essential for the body and properties that help tackle a range of common ailments.

“Methi water is something that anybody can consume. It facilitates weight loss, is good for your liver, kidneys and metabolism,” noted Bengaluru-based weight-management expert and nutritionist, Dr. Anju Sood.

Methi dana is hot in nature and therefore is used in very small quantities while cooking and even when preparing herbal remedies. A teaspoon of seeds are enough to be soaked in a cup of water. You can warm the water before having it on an empty stomach. While fenugreek water is beneficial for most, here’s taking a look at some of its most pronounced benefits to help you decide why you must consider making fenugreek water a regular part of your dietary routine.

Excellent for kapha dominated people

Ayurveda describes kapha dominated people to have a constitution that lacks heat (agni) in their body. Kapha people therefore have a weaker immunity and issues related to cold, cough and flu. Fenugreek water consumption is great for generating heat in the body; it helps give vitality to the body and boosting immunity.

For lactating mothers

“Fenugreek water is excellent for lactating mothers as it aids in milk production. Methi dana has always been one of the ingredients that are used in small proportion, but is excellent for treating various conditions. For pregnant ladies as well as nursing mothers, fenugreek seeds are very beneficial, that is why these are used in ladoos that are made especially for new mothers to boost their recovery,” shared Anshul Jaibharat, a Delhi-based weight-management expert and nutritionist. “Usually herb-infused fluids, warm water help in getting the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy state. Fenugreek water is also good for that purpose,” noted Jaibharat.

Blood sugar regulation

“Fenugreek is excellent for regulating blood sugar levels. It may help in tackling insulin resistance, making it more responsive and sensitive. That is why is it more commonly used by diabetics,” shared Dr. Sood.

Weight loss

Consuming fenugreek water the first thing in the morning is excellent for boosting metabolism. Its consumption generates heat in the body and help in managing and losing weight.

Digestive benefits

“Fenugreek water is a great antacid. Its regular consumption may help strengthen the digestive system and check issues tied to gastritis and bloating. It is most beneficial when consumed during colder months,” shared Ayurveda and Yoga expert Yogacharya Anoop from the Chaitanya Foundation.

Other benefits

“Fenugreek water has also been put to use for tackling issues like water retention and bloating,” explained Anshul Jaibharat. Methi danais a rich source of magnesium, and regular consumption may help your body relax.

Things to keep in mind

Fenugreek seeds are hot in nature therefore just a teaspoon should be enough to be soaked in a cup of water. People with intestinal ulcers must skip consuming fenugreek water. Excessive consumption may cause skin dryness.


Fenugreek can help lower blood sugar levels

By DÓNAL O'MATHÚNA

DOES IT WORK?

FENUGREEK is one of the oldest medicinal plants in recorded history. Its use originated in India and northern Africa, particularly in ancient Egypt.

Fenugreek was and is commonly used in foods, especially in curries. The seeds are used both as a spice and in herbal remedies.

Fenugreek seeds taste somewhat like maple syrup and an extract was often added to bad-tasting liquid medicines.

Today, extracts of fenugreek are added to less expensive brands of maple syrup because of how expensive pure maple syrup has become.

Traditionally, fenugreek was used for digestive problems, to aid labour and delivery, and for a wide variety of other problems.

Recent interest has focused on its potential to lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Evidence from studies

Animal studies have demonstrated that fenugreek leads to reduced blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Beneficial results have been found in several studies, but the magnitude of the benefit varies widely.

In addition, other animal studies found that fenugreek stimulated the uterus of some species, more so in later pregnancy.

Very little research on humans has been published. An early study in Israel found that when fenugreek powder was added to meals, people’s blood glucose levels were significantly lower after the meal. A small, double-blind study was conducted with people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Twelve people took fenugreek capsules for two months, and 13 took a placebo. Everyone was also given advice on diet and exercise. After the two months, the group taking fenugreek had significantly better scores on some tests for diabetes, but not all.

The group also had significantly improved cholesterol levels. A few other low-quality studies, with even fewer participants, have been reported in which patients with type 2 diabetes had improved blood sugar levels.

In addition, a large randomised controlled trial found beneficial effects on blood glucose and cholesterol levels. However, fenugreek was just one of four herbs in the product tested so it is not possible to know which of the herbs contributed the benefits or if the combination was necessary.

Problematic aspects

Fenugreek contains natural agents which prevent blood clotting. Anyone taking “blood thinning’’ agents (such as warfarin or aspirin) should not use fenugreek in case coagulation is hindered too much.

Anyone with diabetes whose blood sugar levels are already stabilised should not take fenugreek without being carefully monitored to ensure their blood sugar levels do not drop excessively.

The taste and odour of fenugreek has occasionally led to some confusion. Some children can consume so much fenugreek that their urine smells like maple syrup. The body odour of babies born to mothers who consume lots of fenugreek can sometimes smell like maple syrup.

This can be mistaken for a rare genetic disease called maple syrup urine disease. The maple syrup odour is not problematic, but confusion with a serious genetic disease can lead to significant worry until properly understood. Fenugreek itself usually does not cause difficulties, although it can cause intestinal problems in some people. Occasionally, people can be allergic to it.

Recommendations

A small amount of preliminary research points to fenugreek having some value in the early stages of type 2 diabetes. However, none of the research is of high quality and so it is premature to consider using fenugreek as a treatment for diabetes. Much remains to be learned about the best way to use fenugreek.

In addition, several grams of fenugreek a day are usually recommended to lower blood sugar levels, which may not to be to everyone’ s taste.

The evidence so far suggests that fenugreek may have a role as one component in the dietary management of early diabetes. Beyond that, much further research is needed.



Amazing Benefits Of Eating Dried Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi)

By Sripriya Satish

What medicinal herb comes to your mind when we talk about curing the various ailments that affect us in today's world? Maybe basil or mint leaves!

But if you had missed out on fenugreek leaves then knowing its amazing benefits on health can easily make you vouch for it!

Many of us are well versed about the health benefits of green fenugreek leaves, its seeds and its powder, but very few know about what benefits the dry fenugreek leaves have for our health.

You have a bad body ache or have problems with your bowel movement, then for such conditions, dried fenugreek leaves are very helpful.

The dried fenugreek leaves can be stored in a cool dry place for about six months. Also the dried fenugreek leaves are easily available in the market.

Come on readers let us explore the immense medicinal benefits which dried fenugreek leaves can offer. Take a look.

Improves Bowel Movement:

This bitter tasting medicinal herb, popularly known as kasuri methi can go a long way in improving one's bowel movement. It effectively treats constipation. Let us see how!

Kasuri methi boasts of high soluble fibre content and acts as a laxative. When soluble fibres enter the intestine, they absorb water, thus growing larger in size. Their large size puts pressure on the intestine and forces the stool to pass out comfortably.

Also, soluble fibres add bulk to the stools which make it softer. Thus consuming dried fenugreek leaves can make the stools to pass out easily. It also helps in treating gastric and other intestinal problems.

Good For The Heart:

One of the major benefits of these leaves is that your heart simply loves the consumption of them. It reduces the risk of blood clotting in the heart.

Clotting in the heart may lead to massive heart attacks and strokes. Also, your heart gets shielded from other chronic ailments like atherosclerosis which is a condition of hardening of the arteries.

Lowers Cholesterol Level:

Kasuri methi is known to cut down cholesterol levels and will be of immense help to people with lipid fluctuations. LDL and triglyceride levels are also cut down by these amazing leaves all the while pulling up the HDL levels.

Good For Diabetes:

Usually bitter tasting herbs are good for people suffering from diabetes and kasuri methi is no exception. Being rich in anti-diabetic elements, this spice can take care of the glucose metabolism in our system and can control and treat type II diabetes efficiently.

A good news is that it can replace the medicine used to treat diabetes called gilbenclamide by balancing blood glucose homeostasis and reducing cellular insulin resistance.

Flushes Out Waste:

One of the important uses of this herb is that it helps to flush out the toxins from our body and helps to clean the intestine. Flushing out toxins from our system also helps to get a clear and blemish-free skin.

A Word Of Caution!

Though this medicinal herb is packed with a lot of health benefits it also has certain side effects, some of which are listed below:

Uterine Contractions In Pregnant Women: Dried fenugreek leaves contain oxytocin which is an effective uterus stimulant. Sometimes, consumption of these leaves beyond the required amount may lead to induced labour. So, pregnant women should watch out for the negative results when this herb is consumed.

Allergies: You should give up on the consumption of fenugreek leaves if you develop certain allergies like breathlessness, fainting, rashes, etc.

Unsafe For Children: Certain children may develop diarrhoea or may lose consciousness. So it is better not to give this herb to small children.

Aggravates Asthma And Leads To Thyroid Dysfunction: According to reports, there is a majority of men who complained of aggravated asthma and improper functioning of the thyroid.

So, it is better to get medical advice before beginning to consume kasuri methi.


Fenugreek: A Food And A Medicine

By Dr. Richard Palmquist

Wizard is a great cat. He’s perfect in just about every way. If not for his troublesome difficulty with feline asthma and respiratory infections, he would hardly even need a veterinarian.

Since many cases of asthma are related to upsets and difficulties in the intestinal tract, we began his therapy by putting him on a special diet. After 60 days of eating only the prescription limited-antigen diet he was no better. We then began a process of detoxification and support of his body using homotoxicology medicines and he showed some improvement. He did develop a sinus infection, which we associated with his chronic herpes viral infection. Finally, after placing him on a customized program that included a supplement containing the spice fenugreek, his nose began to run clear fluid, his cough loosened up and then stopped. His guardian and I were very happy, but I warned that this might be coincidental and that his condition could return.

A month later the condition did recur, but the symptoms quickly reduced with a simple homotoxicology drug commonly used for asthma in children (Engystol). He continues to do well on a natural program.

The Spice of Life:

Fenugreek is a common spice, particularly in India and places that ingest curries. It was discovered to have medicinal qualities thousands of years ago by Ayuravedic practitioners who reported it to be useful for many things including management of metabolic and nutritive disorders such as diabetes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the spice is known as a phlegm mover, and it is said to break up stuck energies and cool inflammation. In modern times, complementary and alternative physicians and veterinarians have long used this spice as a tool for a wide variety of human and veterinary conditions. Modern medical research is just beginning to explore this realm and has not developed sufficient studies to recommend its use.

Integrative veterinarians and physicians look for scientific support of agents that they choose to use in their practices. We want to know how an agent works, what toxicities may be present and if there are interactions which need to be considered. As pioneering alternative and traditional healers discover potential uses for things, integrative doctors seek out this ancient wisdom and work to better understand and use such materials safely and effectively. In this process we see true science at work as someone observes a phenomenon, uses it to help others, teaches others about their findings, and this activity attracts the interest of investigators who further delineate the proper uses for that agent.

It was for this purpose that the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association formed just 25 years ago. We have come far since that first group of holistically inclined veterinarians sat down in a smoky Las Vegas lounge and lamented that there was nothing at the present veterinary continuing education meeting on subjects near and dear to their hearts like acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy. Now we have integrative veterinary programs in an ever increasing number of professional schools and major meetings in the U.S., and because of this work I can write a blog like this one.

The Science:

So what does medical scientific research tell us about fenugreek?

Fenugreek has antioxidative effects. This means that the spice helps prevent and reduce damage from oxidative processes that happen as we live. Our bodies depend upon oxidation to get the energy that powers our activities, but too much oxidation and we get disease and premature aging. Many toxins work by increasing oxidative damage in the body. Eating a proper diet helps reduce oxidation and inclusion of spices like fenugreek can help.

Runaway oxidation can lead to inflammation. Research shows that fenugreek decreases inflammation.

Inflammation is related to the development of chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer. Asthma is an inflammatory allergic condition of the airways and we saw a marked change in Wizard’s condition after we added this to his program. Fenugreek is best researched for its usefulness in lowering blood sugar in diabetic humans and rats where it has been shown to perform nicely. In addition to lowering blood sugar, this handy little spice also reduces LDL and cholesterol levels in humans. That means that proper use of a normal food might even reduce the risk of heart disease. How neat is that?

Another study showed that fenugreek seeds protect against the development of cataracts. This study was done in a lab with test tubes (in vitro) and so we don’t know if this applies in live animals (in vivo) at this time.

Fenugreek is useful in managing cancer patients. In our clinic we find it does what the Chinese said, and we use it as a phlegm mover. In chronic lung diseases we see the mucus thin, the cough become more productive and breathing improve. With the benefits of science we can see how that anti-inflammatory effect would assist, but if we understand Chinese medicine then we know that cancer is considered to be a phlegm condition as well. In fact we recently used this spice in a dog with advanced spread of cancer in his lungs. The dog felt better almost immediately. It reduces cumulative urotoxicity of some chemotherapy agents and protects the kidney. Research shows that it has liver protective effects similar to another well researched herbal agent (milk thistle). Much to researcher’s surprise, an extract of fenugreek was found to be useful in both prevention and treatment of cancer. It may be beneficial in preventing human breast cancer, too.

Pain is a major interest to medicine and research demonstrates clear benefits to use of fenugreek. As an anti-inflammatory we would expect pain to reduce as healing reduces pain, but in addition to this science documents significant analgesic effects. In Chinese medicine, inflammation is known as Heat, and pain comes when Qi stagnates. The Chinese lacked our understanding of cellular events, but they clearly observed the use of this herbal many years before we even had microscopes. Since the analgesic effects were shown against thermal and chemical injuries, this gives us a nice supportive agent for use in such cases.

Rejuvenation medicine is a hot subject. It is exciting to have things that block aging, reverse disease conditions and make us feel better for longer periods of time. Fenugreek has been shown to assist with memory loss through its inhibition of acetyl cholinesterase. It also seems to increase endurance in athletes. Scientists were amazed to discover that ingestion of fenugreek seeds increased the release of growth hormone from research rats. This is perhaps yet another way these commonly ingested spice helps keep people and pets healthier.

Fenugreek extracts may also support patients with Helicobacter related gastric ulcers and chronic fungal issues. It also has been demonstrated to be of use in kidney stones in rats.

While this isn’t a particularly common issue for dogs and cats in my practice, this herbal spice has also been demonstrated to increase libido and lower desire for fatty foods, a characteristic that makes it a highly interesting substance for aging human males.

Toxicology research indicates that fenugreek is a safe compound for ingestion except in patients allergic to the spice. Sensitive patients can get skin or mucosal irritation and other gastrointestinal signs. Toxic effects have been demonstrated on developing fetuses at high levels of exposure and because of this it is advisable to use it with caution in reproductively active females. At normal dietary levels it appears safe, but we lack species-specific research. In a genotoxicity study, there was no problem demonstrated. As with all forms of healing, please consult with your veterinarian or physician before starting any treatment.

Humankind has a rich history of living with our environment and learning by various means how to best use the riches that Nature gives us. Complementary and alternative medicine and Integrative medicine are now working with scientists to understand and speed the flow of medical knowledge. Veterinarians can benefit from obtaining information in the medical literature and at continuing education meetings. Informed clients can help us in that process. Now the challenge is for all of us to learn how best to exchange and use this knowledge to help our fellow Beings live better, healthier lives.


Benefits of fenugreek powder for health

(Thinkers News)
  1. The dust of fenugreek seeds is extremely beneficial for our cardiovascular system .The spice contains galactomannan, a group of natural polysaccharides (soluble fiber), which promotes the functionality of heart and reduces the risk of heart attack.
  2. Fenugreek is high in potassium and low in sodium. Therefore, the powdered seeds can keep our blood pressure under control and regulate our heart rate efficiently .
  3. When it comes to combating the escalating plasma cholesterol, fenugreek powder comes as a great solution. It can lower the level of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL or ‘bad cholesterol’) remarkably. So, it is used as a cholesterol blocking agent .
  4. Diabetic people can be very much benefited by fenugreek powder. The galactomannan present in the spice is capable of decelerating the absorption rate of sugar into our bloodstream. Additionally, it comprises almost all essential amino acids that can stimulate the production of insulin. Both of these are effective in controlling diabetes.
  5. Fenugreek seeds have deep positive impact on our gastrointestinal system . It can flush out toxic materials from our body and keep it clean, which eventually results into better digestion.
  6. Chronic constipation can also be treated with fenugreek seed powder. As it cure indigestion problem, the movement of bowel becomes easier and regular .Moreover, it contains large amount of dietary fiber, which also contributes to constipation.
  7. When ingested in dust form, fenugreek seeds create a protective coat on the inner wall of our stomach as well as intestine and soothe inflammed tissues at the same time. As a result, it does not get affected by the acidic secretion and we do not develop gastric ulcer. It is also useful in healing heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GRD).
  8. Being rich in iron, fenugreek powder is a good remedy for anemic patients It can increase the amount of hemoglobin in Red Blood Corpuscles (RBC) in our blood and aid anemia greatly .
  9. It has been already mentioned that fenugreek seeds contain lots of dietary fibers. Some of them (the exopolysachharide ‘mucilage’, the glycoside ‘saponin’, etc.) binds to toxic materials present in the consumed foods and eliminate them from the body. It safeguards the mucus membrane of the colon and helps us keep colon cancer at bay.
  10. Fenugreek powder is one of the most effective natural remedies for women health issues, especially for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). It is full of two chemical compounds named isoflavones (certain type of phyto-estrogen) and diosgenin (a steroidal saponin), which give a feel of comfort and relaxation during menstrual cramps. Common signs of menopause like hot flashes, mood swing, etc. can also be reduced with it.
  11. The diosgenin content of the spice is highly capable of boosting the production of milk in lactating women. Hence, fenugreek powder is also a must for would-be mothers as well as moms with newborn babies.
  12. Several studies have established that fenugreek can lessen labor pain considerably and make the process of child birth easier by stimulating the contractions of uterine muscles.
  13. As said previously, certain chemical substances present in fenugreek possess properties like oestrogen. They assist in maintaining the hormonal balance and enlarging the breasts in females.
  14. Powdered fenugreek is also good for curing high fever and respiratory diseases. It can help us get relief from sore throat and chronic cough.

Does Fenugreek Have Health Benefits?

By Kristeen Cherney (Medically Reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT)
What is fenugreek?

Fenugreek is an ancient medicinal plant. It’s indigenous to North Africa and India, but it’s now cultivated worldwide for food and supplemental uses.

The plant has been historically used for treating a variety of health ailments. But now fenugreek is typically used in the food market. It’s most commonly used as a flavor in maple syrup. The spice itself may be used in cooking. Fenugreek extracts are also found in cosmetics, supplements, and teas.

Historical uses of the plant have prompted people to investigate fenugreek’s healing effects. The problem is that it can cause side effects, especially if you’re taking other medications.

Uses and benefits

Food and beauty products may contain small traces of fenugreek. The seeds of this plant are where many of the benefits come from. The seeds contain the following components:

• 4-hydroxyisoleucine
• diosgenin
• mucilage
• phenolic acid
• protodioscin
• sotolon
• trigonelline

Research is ongoing about the possible benefits of fenugreek seeds. The evidence supporting their efficacy is mixed.

Type 2 diabetes

Fenugreek is sometimes used as an alternative treatment for type 2 diabetes. But the evidence is conflicting. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) says evidence from the small studies that looked at these connections are weak. But new research is promising. A 2017 study found fenugreek seed extract is safe and effective for reducing fasting blood sugar levels, and people with type 2 diabetes needed less medication.

Skin conditions

Fenugreek has been used in skin dressing to help heal wounds. Some people with eczema may apply extracts directly to rashes as a nonchemical treatment.

Less common uses of fenugreek include:

• conditions characterized by inflammation, such as arthritis
• cancer prevention
• liver disease
• cholesterol treatment
• weight loss
Breastfeeding with fenugreek

Fenugreek is thought to act on dopamine levels to increase a hormone to help breastfeeding. This may explain its possible role in increasing breast milk in women who are breastfeeding. Fenugreek seeds are thought to act as a substance that increases breast milk quantity (galactogogue). One study found that after four weeks breast milk production increased along with babies’ weights and the number of wet diapers when compared with a control group.

Women wanting to take fenugreek for breastfeeding may take oral supplements in doses of 1 to 6 grams once per day. There are also herbal teas that contain fenugreek.

According to the NCCIH, there aren’t enough studies to show a risk for fenugreek.

Fenugreek and testosterone

Some studies have looked at fenugreek and testosterone production in men. However, these studies in men lack scientific support.

In a 2010 study, 49 men were given either 500 milligrams of fenugreek or a placebo. Researchers concluded that there weren’t any significant differences in strengths between the groups. But this amount of fenugreek wasn’t shown to cause any side effects.


Side effects and interactions

While more research is needed on the benefits of fenugreek on health, researchers know more about its side effects. These include:

• asthma symptoms that worsen
• allergic reactions
• diarrhea
• maple-syrup smelling sweat, urine, and breast milk
• interactions with blood thinners
• breast growth in men

It’s also important to note that children and infants should not use fenugreek. You also shouldn’t use fenugreek if you:

• have respiratory issues
• are pregnant
• have a high risk for developing hormone-related cancers
• take estrogen treatments
• have undiagnosed or untreated medical conditions

With your doctor’s consent, you may be able to take fenugreek in small amounts. The FDA recognizes fenugreek as generally safe, which means that many people can safely use it without side effects or toxic effects. But side effects are still possible. You should stop using fenugreek right away if you notice any reactions.

It is important to remember that the FDA does not monitor quality, purity, or packaging of herbs or remedies. It’s important to purchase them from a reliable source.

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As public interest in alternative medicine grows, so does the availability of supplements like fenugreek. It’s easy to purchase online or in health food stores in capsules and extracts.

If you decide to use fenugreek, check with your doctor first. This can help reduce the chances of fenugreek interacting with other medicines or supplements you’re already taking.


Many benefits of Fenugreek

By Pharm. Zainab U. Shariff
Botanical name: Trigonella Foenum-graecum
Arabic: Hulbah
Urdu: Melhi, English: Bird’s foot, Greek: Hayseed
Constituents:
• Seeds - bitter extract, saponins, volatile oil, mucilage, 26.2% proteins, glutamic acid, histidine, alanine, vitamins A, B, C, thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, pyridoxide, 3.0% minerals - carotene, phosphorus, diosgenin, 13.7% moisture, 5.8% fat, 7.2% fibre and 44.1% carbohydrates.
• Leaves contain: 86.1% moisture, 4.4% protein, 0.9% fat, 1.5% minerals, 1.1% fibre, 6.0% carbohydrates per 100g of edible part.
Origin:

Indigenous to countries bordering eastern shores of the Mediterranean region, Central Asia, Ethiopia, Egypt, China and Europe. Mainly produced in India, Morocco and Turkey. One of the oldest medicinal herbs. Annual herb, tall, aromatic light green leaves, 3-foliate, yellow flowers and then pointed pods. The seeds are brownish yellow with a peculiar odour.

Traditional /Islamic Usage

Fenugreek is in India as condiments for flavouring and curry powder. It is bread and bakery products in Ethiopia. When the body is rubbed with it, the skin is left beautiful without any blemishes - Ancient Egyptian recipe for fenugreek ointment 1500 BC. In ancient Egypt it was used to ease child birth and increase milk flow, as well as calms menstrual and stomach cramps.

The seeds are used as aphrodisiac, warming for kidneys and reproductive organs. In China, it is used to treat male impotence.

The Prophet, may Allah grant him peace, once said “if my community had only known what there is in fenugreek, they would have bought it and paid its weight in gold.”

Messenger of God said “seek a cure with fenugreek.” When one of the companions of the prophet was sick, Saad, the prophet said summon a physician for him. Kala’da was called, and he directed that a mixture should be cooked of hulbah and Ajuwa dates into a broth. That was done and he was cured.

When cooked with water, it softens the throat, chest and belly, relieves cough, hoarseness, asthma and difficult breathing. Good for wind, phlegm and haemorrhoids and boils. The Balkans use the aerial parts as folk remedy for period pain and eases labour pains.

Medicinal Uses/Health Tips
- In addition to the above, fenugreek is taken with valerian increases production of milk. When cooked and used for washing the hair, it makes it curly and removes lice.
- Poultice of fenugreek and vinegar is used as poultice for inflammation of the spleen. Fenugreek as sitz-bath is suitable for pains caused by inflammation of the uterus.
- The juice is beneficial for indigestion (constipation) and smoothens the intestine.
- Cooked with dates, or honey and taken on an empty stomach, it dissolves sticky phlegm in the chest and stomach
- When used as bandage and placed on hard, cold tumors it helps to dissolve these tumors.
- It cleanses the stomach and removes excess gas, when its water is taken.
- The oil is good for cracked skin
- It reduces the smell of excrement, sweat and urine
- Regular use of fenugreek keeps the body clean and healthy
- The leaves are beneficial in indigestion, flatulence and sluggish liver.
- Anaemia: the leaves help in blood formation and prevents anaemia
- Tea made of fenugreek seeds is equal to quinine, in reducing fevers
- Its mucilaginous property makes it suitable in healing peptic ulcers.
- Suitable in early stages of respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, influenza, sinusitis and pneumonia.
- One can take up to 4 cups of fenugreek daily and add lemon juice to improve taste
- An infusion of the seed is a good cool drink for small pox patients.
- Fenugreek taken 2 teaspoons of powdered seeds in milk or yoghurt or swallowed whole is suitable in the management of diabetes.
- Two tablespoonful of seeds soaked in water overnight to make paste and applied to the scalp for ½ hour removes dandruff and curls hair.
- An infusion of the leaves is used as mouth gargle for ulcers.
- Two tablespoonful of seeds simmer in a litre of water for half an hour, when cooled and strained is used as gargle. As beauty aid, the paste is applied on face every night before going to bed to prevent pimples, black heads and appearances of wrinkles.
Scientific research

Famous nutritionist Lehord Kordel, said the volatile oil in Fenugreek has high cleansing activity that the fragrance of the seeds emanates from the body pores when used regularly. The oil penetrates the most remote crevices and creases of body cavity. The oil is absorbed into cell tissues to rejuvenate the body.

In rats orally administered, aqueous extracts have been shown to promote the healing of stomach ulcers.

It has been demonstrated to reduce blood glucose similar to guar gum, the mucilage thickens the diffusion layer of mucosal cells and reduce absorption of nutrients. Hence, useful in the management of diabetes.

The seed increased glucose-induced insulin secretion from isolated, rat and human Langerhans cells. In animal experiments, it was shown to reduce cholesterol, which has confirmed in human models. It should not be used in pregnancy.

Dosage Formulations

For appetite suppressant, daily dose of 6g dried seeds (taken 3 times daily) before meals.

External Application: use 50g of decoction powdered seed with ¼ litre of water.

Fenugreek is available in capsules form of 575mg, 610mg and 626mg.


Beauty Benefits Of Methi Seeds

By Debdatta Mazumder

Fenugreek seeds, popularly known as methi, can be your best friend when it comes to your skin care regimen. You spend a lot on beauty products available at market.

However, you know those are not absolutely free from side effects. For example any anti-dandruff shampoo can wash off dandruff, but make your hair more rough and frizzy. While you have handy home remedies, why to use those chemical-laden products, right?

The beauty benefits of methi seeds can mesmerise you. From your hair to skin, a handful of methi seeds can do magic within a few days. All you need to do is to have a clear idea about the best ways to use methi seeds for body care.

Methi is a magical spice that every kitchen has. The spice and the leaves are used as culinary material. Methi Paratha is a yummy recipe that most Indians like.

However, what are the beauty benefits of methi seeds? The use of fenugreek in beauty treatment has its long history. You can find the mention of methi seeds in the pages of old Ayurvedic manuscripts.

Therefore, you should try the best ways to use methi seeds for body care. And you don’t have to spend a lot too. Here are some of the beauty benefits of using methi seeds. Read on to know more.

1.Cures Acne And Pimples:

Grind methi seeds to make a powder. Now, add warm water and honey to make a paste. Apply it on the affected areas. Fenugreek seeds also treat cystic acne. If you've problems of blackheads, methi seed is a good solution to use.

2.Anti-ageing Treatment:

Untimely wrinkles look so irritating, right? Make a face pack with methi paste, warm milk and honey.

Apply it on your face and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Wash it off thoroughly. Methi seeds prevent free radicals and rejuvenate your skin.

3.Wonderful Scrub:

This is one of the best ways to use methi seeds for body care. Exfoliation is very much needed to get rid of the dead skin cells. Soak fenugreek seeds overnight and make a paste of it the next morning.

Now, add curd, gram flour and soaked water to the paste. Apply it on your face and rub gently. Wash it off after 15 minutes.

4.Lightens Your Skin Tone:

Are you tired of trying different methods to get rid of those stubborn dark circles? Do you have those annoying black or brown spots on your skin? Use a pack with fenugreek powder and milk.

Weekly application can reduce those pesky marks and brighten your skin tone effectively.

5.Cleanses From The Inside:

The beauty benefits of methi seeds are plenty. Fenugreek water is a very good toner for your skin that cleanses your skin from the inside. Also, you can drink fenugreek water in an empty stomach, every morning, to get a glowing skin from the inside. It also helps you to lose weight.

6.Removes Dandruff:

Not only for skin, but fenugreek has wonderful impacts on your hair as well. If you want to remove dandruff completely, use fenugreek paste on your scalp and hair.

For a better result, use homemade curd. You can prevent dandruff with regular use of this hair mask.

7.Fights Hair Loss:

While thinking of the beauty benefits of methi seeds, you can't ignore this one. Hair fall is a serious problem today.

Methi works wonderful on your scalp to strengthen the hair roots and also treat the problem of weak hair follicles. Methi also brings luster and a good bounce to your hair.


DIY Methi (Fenugreek) And Curd Hair Pack For Silky Hair

By Riddhi Roy

Fenugreek or methi is used in leaf form as a leafy green vegetable or in seed form as a spice in Indian cuisine. And it isn't just used in Indian food, but also in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey. Fenugreek as a herb has amazing health benefits.

Fenugreek, in fact, has benefits for skin and hair care as well. It is known to promote hair growth and reduce hair fall and damage. For the skin, it reduces pigmentation and improves the complexion. Eating foods that have fenugreek can actually purify the blood and lead to better, clearer skin.

If applied externally on the skin and the hair, fenugreek can give you multiple benefits. Fenugreek seeds boiled in water and used as a rinse can reduce hair fall to a great extent. This herb has proven to be good for various hair problems, like balding, hair fall and even dandruff.

So to find out how to get silky hair using just three ingredients, that you can easily find in your kitchen, keep reading this article. This is a cost effective remedy and it definitely works.

- Ingredients:
• Fenugreek or methi seeds
• Yogurt
• Olive oil
- Method and Application:

Crush the fenugreek or methi seeds to form a powder. You want to make sure that it's fully crushed so that none of the powder remains in your hair after washing. Mix the powder with the yogurt and ensure that the watery part of the yogurt is removed. Add a few drops of olive oil to provide additional moisturisation.

Apply this pack all over the length of your hair as a pre-shower conditioner. Wrap your hair into a bun and cover with a shower cap so that the mixture does not run all over. Keep it on for 30 minutes or even an hour. Then wash it off as you usually would.

Yogurt benefits the hair in a lot of ways. It can act as a natural conditioning mask in itself, while the fenugreek would be promoting hair growth and making the hair less dull. Yogurt also provides a lot of moisture to the hair. You can repeat this treatment once a week for best results.

I hope this post helps you and that you keep coming back to our posts for more amazing DIY beauty tips. Keep trying these out and let us know in the comments section if they work for you!


Fenugreek Nutrients

By Michelle Kerns

Fenugreek is an herb whose seeds are dried and often ground and used to flavor curries and chutney blends. Also known as methi seed, fenugreek contains no cholesterol, only a trace amount of fat and is rich in dietary fiber and essential minerals like iron, manganese and copper. In some folk medicine traditions, fenugreek was used to treat diabetes and to promote both childbirth and lactation. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine warns that although there is little evidence to support these medical uses, pregnant women should avoid consuming large amounts of fenugreek until more research has been conducted.

Iron

A single tablespoon of fenugreek contains 3.72 milligrams of iron. This amount is nearly 47 percent of the recommended daily allowance of iron for an adult man and 21 percent of the RDA of iron for a woman. The body uses iron to synthesize red blood cells and adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the main energy source used during metabolism. If your diet lacks adequate iron, you may be more likely to develop anemia and neurological problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Fenugreek's iron is in the non-heme form, a form not as easily absorbed as the heme iron found in meat. You can increase your absorption of non-heme iron by eating fenugreek with vitamin C-rich foods or a small amount of meat. Try using fenugreek to flavor braises containing tomatoes and beef, chicken or pork.

Copper

Fenugreek contains 0.123 milligrams of copper in each tablespoon, or about 13 percent of the amount of the mineral that adults need daily. Essential for the production of collagen and red blood cells, copper also regulates iron absorption and supports the health and function of the immune and nervous systems. If your diet doesn't include enough copper, you may develop thyroid problems, heart arrhythmia, anemia or loss of skin pigmentation. People who consume the recommended amount of copper regularly may be less likely to suffer from osteoporosis, bone fractures and osteoarthritis later in life.

Manganese

Adult men require 2.3 milligrams of manganese daily, and adult women need 1.8 milligrams. Fenugreek contains 6 percent of a man's RDA of manganese and 7.5 percent of the requirement for women in every tablespoon. Manganese aids in energy metabolism and is required for the synthesis of superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that helps prevent free radicals from damaging DNA and cellular tissue. Manganese also promotes nervous system health and helps regulate blood sugar levels. A diet containing plenty of high-manganese foods like fenugreek may decrease your risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis and severe premenstrual syndrome symptoms.

Dietary Fiber

Each tablespoon of fenugreek seeds supplies approximately 11 percent of the amount of dietary fiber that the Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board recommends for adult men and women daily. Fenugreek contains both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber absorbs water in the digestive system and may help decrease the risk of high blood cholesterol and diabetes by slowing the rate that food is broken down and nutrients absorbed. Insoluble fiber does not absorb water. A high intake of insoluble fiber from sources like fenugreek can regulate bowel movements and may lower your risk of digestive disorders like hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and colon cancer.



Many Faces Of Fenugreek

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To most Americans, fenugreek is just a rare spice with a strange name. They may think of it as the essential ingredient in commercial curry powder, where the ground seeds contribute a heavy, sweetish aroma something like celery seed pounded with burnt sugar. (Actually, it's very far from universal in Indian spice mixtures.)

But it's also used where it originated, in the eastern Mediterranean and nearby areas. The spicy Armenian dried beef product "pastirma" is coated with garlic, fenugreek and red pepper.

Fenugreek goes into the Ethiopian spice mixture "berbere." Egyptians flavor their everyday corn tortilla betau with it. In Yemen, people eat so much fenugreek (particularly in the sauce called "hilbeh") that this member of the pea family contributes measurably to their protein and carbohydrate intake.


Fenugreek for Blood Sugar

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Your body converts nutrients you consume into glucose, an important energy source that travels in your blood to reach all your cells. Although maintaining an adequate supply of glucose is critical for your health, when your blood glucose, or blood sugar, becomes too high after a meal or stays elevated for long periods, this can raise your risk of diabetes. Fenugreek is an herbal remedy that may help keep your blood sugar under control.

Blood Sugar and Diabetes

Insulin is a hormone made in your pancreas that helps move glucose from your blood into your cells, which need it for energy. When you have too much glucose in your blood for any length of time, a high demand for insulin puts stress on your pancreas to produce more of the hormone. Eventually, you might become resistant to insulin, allowing your blood sugar to remain too high, or you may become unable to produce sufficient insulin to control your blood sugar. Either situation can cause Type 2 diabetes, a condition that the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse says can appear at any age and may cause potentially serious damage to your nerves and blood vessels.

Fenugreek

A member of the bean family, the fenugreek plant is sometimes also called bird's foot because of its leaf pattern. Its dried seeds have culinary uses in pickling and as part of spice mixtures, and have also been part of traditional herbal medicine for centuries. Practitioners recommend fenugreek to improve symptoms of menopause and also to increase milk production in breastfeeding women. Fenugreek is also used to improve gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, to increase bile production and as a traditional remedy for high cholesterol and diabetes.

Evidence

Although fenugreek seeds contain many different natural chemicals, a compound called galactomannan and an amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine may be responsible for its effect on blood sugar. Laboratory research published in the "American Journal of Physiology" found that the amino acid improved insulin production and reduced blood sugar levels in both normal and diabetic laboratory animals. Small clinical studies also support the usefulness of fenugreek in controlling blood sugar in human subjects. In one of these, published in the "Journal of the Association of Physicians of India," subjects with mild Type 2 diabetes who took a fenugreek extract for two months had lowered blood sugar levels and were less insulin resistant compared to a placebo group. While promising, these results need confirmation in larger clinical trials with both diabetic and non-diabetic subjects.

Recommendations

Although generally considered safe, fenugreek may cause mild stomach upset or a bloated feeling in some people. Do not consume fenugreek if you are pregnant, since it stimulates uterine contractions. It may also interact with some medications, especially blood thinners. Although there is no recommended dose of fenugreek, clinical studies have used 5 grams of seeds or 1 gram of extract per day. Discuss use of fenugreek with your doctor to decide if it might be helpful for you.



Fenugreek Seed Cultivation

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Fenugreek, Latin name Trigonella foenum-graecum, is an annual herb native to South Europe and Asia. The plant grows quickly to 2 feet tall and fixes nitrogen into the soil. White or yellow flowers appear in the early summer and develop yellow-brown seed pods in the fall. This legume plant is used for food, seasoning, condiments, medicine, dye and livestock forage. The plant and seed give off a maple aroma and taste. This herb is tender and does not survive freezing weather, so the seeds are cultivated during the spring after the last frost occurs.

Soil

Fenugreek seeds grow in sand- to clay-type soil. Good draining soil is the best choice for this herb. Mix well-aged compost into the soil to provide slow-release nutrients to the roots. Do not add nitrogen fertilizer, since the plant will collect the nitrogen from the air and fix it into the soil. Check the soil temperature with a thermometer before planting. Fenugreek seeds need a soil temperature of at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Colder soil temperatures retard the growth of the seeds.

Process

Fenugreek seeds have a tough outer coat that needs to be softened before planting. Soak the seeds for 12 hours in warm -- not hot -- water. Drain and replace the water with warm water every 2 hours. Create rows 4 inches apart with 1/4-inch deep trenches in the prepared soil. Spread the seeds in the trench and cover with soil.

Sprouting

Keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate, which occurs in 7 to 10 days. Thin the seedlings to 4 inches apart when the plants are 2 to 3 inches tall. The extra fenugreek seedlings do not survive transplanting, but can be tossed in a salad for consumption.

Tips

Sow fenugreek seeds every three weeks to have a supply of greens throughout the summer. This allows you to harvest the tender young plants while growing replacement plants. It commonly takes a growing season of four to five months to produce mature seeds. Look for varieties that ripen in three months for a quicker harvest of fenugreek seeds.



Health Benefits Of Fenugreek: Natural Cure For Diabetes And More

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Fenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae, also known as Trigonella foenum-graecum, Greek hay seed, and bird’s foot, is an herb that is commonly found growing in the Mediterranean region of the world. While the seeds and leaves are primarily used as a culinary spice, it is also used to treat a variety of health problems as an herbal supplement in Egypt, Greece, Italy, and South Asia. .

Fenugreek has been found to contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin – a compound that has properties similar to estrogen. Other active constituents in fenugreek are alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan, as well as steroidal saponins -diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin.

Ways To Consume Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds have small, roughly angular, brownish yellow seeds. The seeds have a bitter yet pleasing flavor and potent aroma and are a characteristic taste of curry powders. The pebble-like seeds are often toasted to enhance their pungent aroma and have a powerful bittersweet, somewhat acrid taste, so use them in moderation.

The dried leaves of Fenugreek are used as an herb. The taste is bitter but addictive. An added bonus is its healthful properties – today we do not use many bitter foods that help us in controlling our appetite and this is a tasteful way of adding the bitter taste to our diet.

Top 15 Health Benefits Of Fenugreek
1. Reduces Cholesterol – Fenugreek contains saponins that help reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods, reduce the body’s production of cholesterol, especially the harmful low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.
2. Prevents Diabetes – Fenugreek contains a rare amino acid (4HO-Ile) that has anti-diabetic properties. It enhancing insulin secretion under hyperglycemic conditions (for type 1 diabetes) and increasing insulin sensitivity (for type 2 diabetes). Also galactomannan, a natural soluble fiber, present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood.
3. Protects from Cancer – Fenugreek has estrogenic effects and is a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Saponins and mucilage in fenugreek bind to toxins in the food and flush them out, thus protecting the mucus membrane of the colon from cancers.
4. Increases Breast Milk – Herbal tea made of fenugreek seeds contains diosgenin, works as a galactagogue, enhancing breast milk production in lactating mothers, and facilitates infant birth weight regain, in early postnatal days.
5. Eases Labor Pains: Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions, reduces labor pain, and eases child birth process.
6. Ease Women’s Health Complaints: Compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones, with oestrogen-like properties, help reduce menstrual cramps associated with PMS, ease menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood fluctuations. Abundance of iron in fenugreek covers up the iron deficiency during adolescence (initiation of menstrual periods), pregnancy and breastfeeding.
7. Boosts Testosterone Levels – Significant positive effects of fenugreek on physiological aspects of male libido have been noted. It assists in maintaining healthy testosterone levels curing erectile dysfunction.
8. Aids Digestion – The mucilage in fenugreek seeds is effective against heartburn or acid reflux and soothes gastrointestinal inflammation, relieves indigestion, treats constipation, digestive problems created by stomach ulcers, and coats the stomach and intestinal lining. It also detoxifies the liver.
9. Helps Weight Loss -This thermogenic herb, with its natural soluble fiber, galactomannan, aids weight loss by suppressing appetite, providing quick energy, and modulating carbohydrate metabolism. It also helps flush out harmful toxins.
10. For Fever and Sore Throat: Herbal tea (fenugreek, lemon and honey), is used as traditional remedy to replenish the body after a bout of fever. The mucilage in fenugreek soothes cough and sore throat.
11. Hair Care: Fenugreek contains lecithin that hydrates the hair, reduces the dryness of the hair, cures dandruff, conditions the hair, and treats a variety of scalp issues which makes our hair healthy and strong.
12. Skin Care: Fenugreek has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which draws out toxins accumulated underneath the epidermis and tones the outer layers of the skin and is traditionally used as a remedy for eczema, burns, abscesses, gout, skin inflammation, scars, blackheads, pimples, wrinkles, and cystic acne.
13. Heart Care: Fenugreek seed contains galactomannan (a polysaccharide), that lowers the risks of a heart attack. It is also an excellent source of potassium which counters the action of sodium to help control heart rate and blood pressure.
14. Pacifies Heartburn and Acidity: Due to the presence of high quantities of mucilage, consumption of fenugreek helps soothe digestive inflammation by coating the lining of our stomach and intestine, curing acid reflux or heartburn.
15. Nutrient source: Fenugreek seeds are rich source of trigonelline, lysine, l-tryptophan, saponins, fibers, high content of Vitamin A and C, calcium, iron, proteins, carbohydrates and trace minerals.
Side Effects of Fenugreek
1. While Fenugreek is generally considered to be safe when used moderately, there have been reports of a few minor side-effects. Nausea is one common side effect, while other people have reported gastrointestinal discomfort (diarrhea and/or gas). Also, when using this herb topically on the skin, it is important to watch out for skin irritations and rashes.
2. Fenugreek use during pregnancy is not recommended, since it has the potential to induce labor. If you are pregnant and wish to take it, you should do so only after consultation with your doctor.
3. If you are currently taking any oral medications, you should always use this herb at least 2 hours before or after these drugs. This is important since Fenugreek fiber has the potential to interfere with the absorption of oral medications due to its mucilaginous fiber (which gives it a moist and sticky texture).

Fenugreek is one of the oldest recorded medicinal herbs, highly esteemed by both east and west, and has been regarded as a treatment for just about every ailment known to man.


Fenugreek Benefits: Can It Help Treat Diabetes?

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The fenugreek herb has a rich history and may have tremendous health benefits.

Seeds of this annual herb, a member of the pea family, were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb and reference to it first appears on ancient Egyptian papyrus dated to 1500 BC. Its aromatic properties make it a staple of Indian and Middle Eastern cookery and it has a long history of uses in traditional medicine. Clinical trials have shown that it can improve metabolic symptoms associated with diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels and improving glucose tolerance. It is alleged to offer many other health benefits (including the relief of digestive problems, gout, erectile dysfunction and eczema) and has been used for centuries by women who are breastfeeding to promote milk production.

How Fenugreek Works

In multiple trials fenugreek has been shown to decrease blood glucose and cholesterol. The powdered seed, available as capsules, is high in soluble fiber that slows the absorption of sugars in the stomach, while the presence of the amino acid 4-hydroxyisoleucine may help to stimulate insulin production. One small trial found that adding about 1–2 ounces per day per day of powdered fenugreek seed to the diet reduced blood levels of triglycerides and LDL (“bad cholesterol”) over a 20-day period. Fenugreek seeds are also a good source 
of vitamins, minerals
, and antioxidants, helping
 to protect the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals.

How to Use Fenugreek

Fenugreek leaves and 
seeds can be used to
 add a slightly sweet, nutty flavor to savory
 dishes. Fenugreek can also be taken as capsules, tablets or as a tea. (Some people soak seeds overnight to produce fenugreek water to consume in the morning.) With all products, follow label instructions or take as professionally prescribed. Mild diarrhea, gas or bloating can occur during the first few days of use, but these side effects usually pass quickly.

Safety First

Fenugreek is safe when consumed in food but check with your doctor before 
using supplements if you are taking prescribed diabetes medications or anticoagulant medications such as warfarin or aspirin. Fenugreek is best avoided during pregnancy, when it could cause early contractions.

Where to Find Fenugreek

Fenugreek capsules
are available in health food stores and supermarkets. Fenugreek—or “Methi”—leaves can be found in Asian supermarkets or from a qualified herbalist.


Brewing Fenugreek Seed Tea

By Chris Daniels

Fenugreek seeds have a distinct maple aroma and are commonly used in Indian and Asian cooking. Medically, fenugreek purportedly helps induce lactation, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, protect the liver and act as a laxative. Brewing fenugreek seed tea can help you obtain the health benefits of fenugreek.

1. Prepare one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds for each cup of tea you wish to brew. Lightly crush fenugreek seeds with a large wooden spoon or the side of a chef's knife to promote the release of flavor and the chemicals that give rise to fenugreek's health benefits.

2. Place crushed fenugreek seeds into a tea strainer along with any other herbs or tea leaves you wish to use. Fenugreek tea may be made from fenugreek seeds alone, however, you may add other herbs, loose tea leaves or bagged tea to create a different flavor and reap additional health benefits.

3. Place the tea strained into a small pan and add water, approximately one cup per teaspoon of seeds. Simmer for two to three minutes and allow to steep for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Fenugreek seeds are tough and will take longer to brew into tea than many other herbs or spices.

4. Serve fenugreek tea hot or cold, adding sweetener or milk to taste. You may need to reheat before serving hot. Try enhancing with freshly grated nutmeg and a twist of lemon.

Things You Will Need
• Fenugreek seeds
• Tea strainer
• Small pan

◘ Warning

Consult your doctor before using fenugreek tea regularly if you are under medical care, taking daily medication, or are pregnant, nursing or trying to become pregnant.



Fenugreek & Ovulation

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Fenugreek is a plant extensively harvested in India, Iraq, North Africa and the Mediterranean region. Its seeds are commonly incorporated into Indian and Egyptian curries and stews, and it has been used for centuries in folk medicine to lower blood sugar, restore appetite, increase milk production in lactating women and help with constipation. Fenugreek also contains phytoestrogens, compounds that act like the hormone estrogen, one of the hormones regulating ovulation.

Fenugreek is a plant extensively harvested in India, Iraq, North Africa and the Mediterranean region. Its seeds are commonly incorporated into Indian and Egyptian curries and stews, and it has been used for centuries in folk medicine to lower blood sugar, restore appetite, increase milk production in lactating women and help with constipation. Fenugreek also contains phytoestrogens, compounds that act like the hormone estrogen, one of the hormones regulating ovulation.

Animal Studies

Research done on animals has shown some promise for fenugreek's potential role as a natural alternative to ovulation stimulant drugs such as Clomid. A research article published in the "Iraqi Academic Scientific Journal" in 2011 reported some positive correlations between fenugreek and ovulation induction in an experiment done on female rats. The rats given fenugreek extract seemed to show significant elevation of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones crucial in inducing ovulation. Both these hormones decrease with advanced age. Also, a study done on female mice and published in the "African Journal of Biotechnology" in March 2006 found that fenugreek boosted both the number of eggs produced and the egg quality in the mice. The fenugreek seemed to have a stimulating effect on the pituitary and the ovaries to secrete more follicle-stimulating hormone or FSH, one of the hormones that stimulates ovarian follicles.

Human Studies

Conclusive evidence on the correlation between fenugreek and ovulation stimulation is very difficult to find. Most of the evidence is anecdotal and has not been scientifically proven on humans.

Holistic Doctors

Fenugreek is sometimes prescribed by alternative practitioners. In her book, "Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine," Tori Hudson, a naturopathic physician, lists fenugreek as one of the herbs she recommends as a progesterone precursor. Progesterone helps the production of estrogen, and both hormones are necessary in adequate supply for ovulation to occur. Fenugreek can be taken as capsules or tea.

Contraindications

Fenugreek should be avoided during pregnancy as it can cause contractions in the uterus and lead to early labor or miscarriage. Because it is a mild laxative, anyone with diarrhea or loose stools should avoid it. Fenugreek may cause stomach cramps in sensitive individuals. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, people with estrogen-sensitive cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer should completely avoid fenugreek. Fenugreek was shown to stimulate breast cancer cells in vitro, likely because it mimics estrogen.


Banish dandruff, acne scars, hair fall and more with methi or fenugreek

By Kriti Saraswat

Make these home-made hair and face packs using methi or fenugreek.

Fenugreek known as methi in Hindi is a common kitchen ingredient in Indian households. Both its seeds as well as leaves are used in cooking but did you know you could also use these for making beauty packs at home? Methi can help solve everyday hair and skin problems in an inexpensive way. The reason it is so good for our hair and skin is because it has a compound with oestrogen-like properties called diosgenin. It is also rich in proteins, vitamin C, iron, fibre, etc. Here’s how to use it in home-made packs.

To get rid of dandruff

Methi can help reduce dandruff. In order to make a paste out of it, do the following:

• Soak a handful of its seeds overnight in water and then grind to a coarse paste in the morning.
• Now apply this mixture on your scalp and leave it for a few hours.
• Then wash your hair with a mild shampoo or shikakai.
• Another variation to this paste is to heat mustard oil with a few leaves of henna in it. Then strain it.
• Once it cools down, add the methi paste to the oil and apply on the scalp. Keep it for half-an-hour before washing your hair.
To reduce itchiness on scalp

Methi can help reduce the itchiness and small bumps on the scalp which are a result of heat or dryness. In order to counter these, make this:

• Soak fenugreek seeds overnight in water. In the morning, strain the water and rinse your hair with this solution.
• You can even use other ingredients in addition to methi seeds to get relief from itchiness.
• First, chop and grind some tulsi leaves and then mix sesame oil (til ka tel) in it.
• Heat this on a low flame and add a few fenugreek seeds to it.
• Once they start to crackle, turn off the gas.
• Apply the solution only once you’ve let it cool and strained it.
To control hair fall

Hair fall can be detrimental to one’s personality and self-esteem. In order to control it, make a paste of curd (dahi) and methi seeds.

• You can grind them before you mix them in curd and then apply on your scalp.
• Do keep it for about 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair.
To lighten acne scars

Your pimples have disappeared but have left pesky scars on your face. In order to lighten them, make this effective pack:

• Boil a few seeds of methi in water for 15 minutes and allow it to cool.
• Strain the seeds and apply the liquid on the scars with a cotton ball.
• Follow this ritual at least for a week to see results.
To get rid of burn marks

Burn marks are tough to get rid of but methi can help fade them over time.

• First, make a paste but grinding seeds soaked overnight.
• Apply this mixture on the marks and let it dry completely.
• Now wash the area with water and continue its use on a regular basis.
To prevent pimples

Methi can prevent the eruption of pimples as well as help treat blackheads. For this, instead of the seeds, use the methi leaves.

• Grind them with a little water to make a paste.
• Now apply it on your face at night. Wash it the next morning with lukewarm water.
• If your skin is prone to acne, it is best to use this paste regularly to keep pimples at bay.

Remember, home remedies take time to show any effect. Using them just once will not show any marked improvements. So use them on a regular basis.


Drink Methi (Fenugreek) Water For A Month And See What Happens!

By Luna Dewan

It isn’t just a spice, methi seeds have lots of health benefits. A few of these benefits are explained in this article.

These might taste a little bitter but these small yellow-coloured seeds are a storehouse of natural medicine and can be used to cure and prevent a lot of health problems. So today in this article we will be explaining about the numerous health benefits of drinking methi water.

Also, if you want to know how one needs to consume methi (fenugreek) seeds and water then here it is. All that one needs to do is to take about two teaspoons of methi, put them in a glass of drinking water, cover it and then allow this healthy spice to soak overnight.

Strain the water and then drink it early in the morning on an empty stomach. If you want to reap its health benefits, do this for a month and you will see that the results are amazing.

Fenugreek, which is commonly known as methi, is one of the well known spices that are commonly used across Indian kitchens. So how does this fenugreek seed and water help? Loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, methi is also considered as one of the healthiest spices.

Due to these health benefits and its medicinal properties methi has been widely used as one of major components in Ayurveda as well as homeopathy.

The 8 major health benefits of drinking methi water are here. Have a look.

1. Aids In Weight Loss: Drinking this methi-soaked water as well as chewing a few of these methi seeds helps suppress the appetite. Continue for a month and it aids in weight loss.

2. Digestion: Methi water aids in better digestion and due to its anti-inflammatory properties it helps in providing relief from stomach burning as well.

3. Controls Blood Pressure: Fenugreek contains a compound know as galactomannan and also potassium. These two ingredients help in controlling blood pressure.

4. Reduce Cholesterol Level: Several studies have proved that methi or fenugreek has been found to suppress the bad cholesterol level and also at the same time maintain the good cholesterol level in the body.

5. Arthritis: Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, methi is known to help ease arthritis pain.

6. Prevents Cancer: It is the fibre content in methi that helps remove the toxins from the body especially the colon and prevents cancer.

7. Diabetes: Methi contains galactomannan, one of the most important fibre compounds. This helps decrease the absorption of sugar in the blood, thus preventing diabetes.

8. Kidney Stone: Drink methi soaked water for about a month early in the morning on an empty stomach. This helps in dissolving the stones quickly.


Fenugreek: Health Properties and Culinary Uses

By Anna Twitto

Not long ago, friends of ours came back home after a few months spent in India, and during a leisurely catchup visit, they produced a large bag full of some dried-up leaves. “This is a magic spice!” they bragged. “It’s good in soups, stews, roasts — everything! We made sure to bring plenty from India because we’ve never seen it around here.”

Curious, we took some of the wonder-spice to smell and … had to laugh, because it turned out to be no more and no less than dried Fenugreek leaves — and though I can’t exactly say it’s available everywhere, we can definitely obtain it in Israel with little difficulty, usually in shops specializing in Yemenite cuisine.

Health Benefits of Fenugreek

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), more commonly known as hilbe in Israel, has some wonderful health properties. In fact, I was first introduced to this wonder herb in university, by a professor who had spent many years researching the connection between Fenugreek and diabetes. It turns out Fenugreek counters high blood sugar, lowering and stabilizing it.

Later, when I became a mother, I also became aware of Fenugreek as a plant to aid lactation — it can improve milk supply (though the effects, from my observation, are inconsistent and very dependent on the individual) up to a point that one has to be careful not to overdo.

Culinary Uses for Fenugreek

Unlike Fenugreek leaves, the seeds are very commonly found in Israeli supermarkets and are widely used in making the hilbe spread, which is a traditional part of the Yemenite Jewish cuisine. The first step in making it is soaking the dry seeds in water (I do that during 48 hours, discarding the water several times in between), causing them to greatly expand thanks to their high content of soluble fiber, which may partially account for the plant’s blood sugar-lowering properties.

The soaked seeds are then blended together with some fresh parsley and coriander, lemon juice and salt (and, in the modern variation, also a ripe tomato) to create a frothy greenish sauce that is mainly used as a dip for pita bread.

Those who aren’t fans of the hilbe dip but want to add Fenugreek to their diet for its health properties can do so easily, as the soaked seeds are very neutral in their taste and can be added to soups, casseroles, pot roasts, baked goods or even smoothies without anyone being any the wiser.

Dried Fenugreek leaves, as has been mentioned above, are great as a spice with rich, complex flavor and aroma that can enhance a lot of dishes. I’d like to try them fresh too, but so far haven’t seen the fresh leaves available anywhere. It might be that the only practical way to obtain them would be to sprout some Fenugreek seeds myself.


Ayurvedic cure of diabetes – Top five home remedies that really work!

(Zee Media Bureau)

New Delhi: Diabetes is a serious disease that can't be cured, but it can be treated can controlled. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:

Type 1 diabetes - A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. The cause of type 1 diabetes is not known and it is not preventable with current knowledge.

Type 2 diabetes – a more common type in which your body does not make or use insulin well. It is largely the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity.

Gestational diabetes – It is a form of high blood sugar that occurs pregnancy, but may resolve after the baby is born.

Also Read: Managing diabetes using natural ingredients! (Watch)

Besides treatment and medication, diabetes can be effectively managed by making simple lifestyle changes, including physical activity, eating a healthy diet (avoiding sugar and saturated fats intake) maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and avoiding tobacco use.

Here are some natural home remedies to keep your blood sugar controlled and lead a healthy life with diabetes:

Bitter gourds

This popular vegetable contains at least three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including charantin, which reduces high blood glucose levels in diabetes.

Tip: Take 4-5 bitter gourds, remove the skin and seeds and crush them to make a paste. Extract the juice using a sieve and drink it on an empty stomach for better results.

Holy Basil (Tulsi) leaves

The leaves of holy basil are packed with antioxidants and essential oils which help in mitigating stress and conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Tip: Take few leaves of tulsi and consume them whole on an empty stomach to lower blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon, also known as dalchini in Hindi, is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It has been found to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Tip: Try to include about 1 gram of cinnamon into your daily diet for about a month to help lower blood sugar levels..

Fenugreek seeds

Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds) are the rich sources minerals, iron, vitamins, natural soluble fibres, potassium, sodium, Saponin, amino acid, phytochemicals, etc. The seeds of fenugreek have been found to be helpful in controlling type 2 diabetes. Fenugreek is also used for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, inflammation of the stomach (gastritis).

Tip: Take 4-5 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and soak them in water overnight. Crush them in the morning, strain the mixture and collect the water. Drink it everyday for 2 months.

Green tea

Drinking green tea is one of the effective ways in controlling diabetes. This is because green tea contains polyphenol - a strong antioxidant and hypo-glycaemic compound that helps regulate glucose in the body and assists the body use insulin better. There also are indications that green tea can reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Tip: Take a tea bag of green tea and place it in hot water for 2-3 minutes. Remove the bag and drink it in the morning or before your meals.


5 Incredible Fenugreek Benefits: From Lowering Cholesterol to Aiding Digestion

By Parul Sharma

Beautiful green leaves with a distinct sweet smell, fenugreek is actually one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants. Commonly known as ‘methi’ in Indian households, it is a prized ingredient in the culinary world, and can be used as a herb, a spice (seeds) or a vegetable (fresh leaves and sprouts).

How to Use Fenugreek

India is the largest producer of this ancient herb with over eighty percent of the production centered in Rajasthan. You'll mostly find it as fresh leaves in the market or as a cuboid-shaped, yellow-to-amber coloured seed. The seeds or methi-dana are used as a flavour enhancer while the leaves are used to make leafy delicacies. The quintessential 'Aloo Methi' is a household name synonymous with homely deliciousness.

In South India, methi seeds are ground into powder or used whole in various delicacies to boost the flavour of the dish by that extra mile. "You could splutter a little methi-dana in oil and use it to flavour anything from rice to vegetables like okra and even fish (cooked in mustard oil). Or you can add another layer of flavour to fresh chutneys — that can balance sweet, sour and bitter, with the addition of this ingredient," suggests Food Blogger Anoothi Vishal.

Fenugreek in home remedies

No ingredient in an Indian kitchen is truly useful unless it is used as a part of a magical home remedy. Fenugreek seeds contain protein and nicotinic that are extremely useful against hair fall, dandruff and are also known to help in treating a variety of scalp issues like dryness of hair, baldness and hair thinning. It contains large amounts of lecithin as well, which hydrates your hair and strengthens the roots. You can make a hair mask by grinding fenugreek seeds into a paste or you could even soak them in water overnight and later use the strained liquid to rinse your hair.

Staying true to its multi-talented form, fenugreek is also a rich reservoir of medicinal properties. Dr. Anju Sood, a Bangalore-based Nutritionist advises us, “According to the Ayurveda, fenugreek falls under the ‘hot food’ category. In order to maximize the benefits of fenugreek seeds, they should ideally be soaked overnight, or eaten as sprouts to reduce the heat. The seeds can also be chewed but taking them along with water is equally beneficial and effective.”

Benefits of fenugreek

Fenugreek leaves are rich in folic acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and are a storehouse of minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron. Fenugreek seeds are also an extremely rich source of Vitamin K. Let us give you more reasons to make fenugreek your new secret ingredient.

1. Lowers Cholesterol Fenugreek helps in reducing the body’s production of cholesterol, especially low-density lipo protein (LDL or bad cholesterol). The University of Michigan Health System discusses the relationship between fenugreek and high cholesterol. One of their studies state that the steroidal saponins in fenugreek seeds are thought to slow the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines as well as possibly slow the rate at which the liver produces the substance too. It’s also believed that it decreases the absorption of triglycerides from fatty foods.

2. Controls Diabetes and Lowers Blood Sugar Levels 4HO-Ile, an unusual amino acid, which is found only in fenugreek, has possible anti-diabetic qualities, such as enhancing insulin secretion and increasing insulin sensitivity. Iranian researchers from Qom University of Medical Science talk about the potential of 4HO-Ile as an adjunct to diabetes treatment. Wellness Expert and Founder of NutriHealth, Dr. Shikha Sharma confirms, “Fenugreek is often used as a part of diet plans prescribed to patients with diabetes as a treatment. It is also suggested to include it in your diet if you are suffering from polycystic ovary disorder." Dr. Rupali Datta, Clinical Dietician at Fortis-Escorts Hospital suggests, "You could consume one to two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds soaked in water every morning but those who are on insulin therapy should consult their doctor before doing so."

3. Protects from Cancer It has been seen that the fiber content of fenugreek may help in the prevention of certain cancers. Researchers at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, found that fenugreek has estrogenic effects and could be a possible alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Other studies have shown that saponins and mucilage in fenugreek bind to toxins in the food and flush them out, thus protecting the mucous membrane of the colon against cancer.

According to Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath, “Due to their high protein and fibre content, fenugreek seeds inadvertently aid the battle against cancer. Fenugreek’s anti-oxidizing qualities, and the fact that it is rich in nutrients makes it a holistic remedy for detoxification. It cannot cure cancer, but fenugreek could be seen to help in the fight against it.” On an added note he advises, “Fenugreek is also known to be an excellent remedy for heart problems, obesity and joint pain.”

4. Aids Digestion For those suffering from stomach ailments, eating fenugreek can be really helpful. As it is rich in fiber and antioxidants, it helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and thus, aids digestion. It is an effective treatment for gastritis and indigestion. It helps prevent constipation as well as digestive problems created by stomach ulcers. This is because it acts as natural digestive, and its lubricating properties help soothe your stomach and intestines. In some cases, fenugreek tea is used to relieve indigestion and stomach pain. You can even drink a fenugreek decoction early in the morning to deal with constipation. Mix about a teaspoon of fenugreek powder in a warm cup of water, strain and drink up.

5. Natural Cure for Heartburn and Acid Reflux Fenugreek is known to be an effective remedy for heartburn or acid reflux because the mucilage in fenugreek seeds assist in soothing gastrointestinal inflammation, and coats the stomach and intestinal lining. According to a study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, a two-week intake of fenugreek taken 30 minutes before two meals by subjects with frequent heartburn, radically diminished heartburn severity. You could sprinkle some fenugreek seeds over your stir fry or throw them in your soup for that added crunch and better digestion.


Health benefits of fenugreek seeds or methi

By Gia Claudette Fernandes
Obesity

The natural soluble fibres in fenugreek seeds make the stomach feel full, suppress the appetite, and effectively curb hunger pangs. This helps in fat burning and weight loss. Soak a teaspoon of the seeds in water overnight, and chew them in the morning on an empty stomach, for best results.

Menstrual cramps

Chewing on soaked fenugreek seeds also alleviates PMS-related issues, such as cramps and mood swings. The seeds contain compounds, such as diosgenin and isoflavones, which replicate the benefits of estrogen and provide relief from the discomfort that women face during menstruation.

Iron deficiency

Since women are more prone to iron deficiency, especially during puberty, pregnancy and breastfeeding, including fenugreek seeds in the diet replenishes the body’s supply of iron. Combining tomatoes or potatoes with methi also increases iron absorption.

High blood sugar

Fenugreek seeds are highly effective in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics, as they contain a natural soluble fibre called galactomannan, which has the ability to slow down the blood’s sugar absorption rate. The seeds also contain an essential amino acid, 4-hydroxy isoleucine, which enhances the body’s insulin production.

High cholesterol

Chewing on soaked fenugreek seeds is also said to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and high triglycerides levels, thus cutting down the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The galactomannan in them also helps prevent atherosclerosis and other heart-related problems.


Lesser-known health benefits of fenugreek seeds!

(Zee Media Bureau)

New Delhi: Fenugreek seeds are widely used as a herb, spice and vegetable in the Indian kitchen. Though the seeds has a strong taste and bitter taste, but gives immense health benefits as it contains rich amount of various nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, calcium, phosphorus and iron in it.

Here are some health benefits of fenugreek seeds which we all should know:

Lowers blood cholesterol

Fenugreek seeds are good for health as it helps to reduce cholesterol level, especially that of the low density lipoprotein (LDL). Being a rich source of steroidal saponins, it also prevents the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides. Top five health benefits of cycling!

Prevents heart disease

The seeds contains galactomannan that helps maintain your heart health and also prevents from the risk of developing heart diseases. It also contains rich amount of of potassium that counters the action of sodium to help control heart rate and blood pressure.

Helps digestions

Being rich in fibre and antioxidants, fenugreek seeds helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and aids digestion. Fenugreek tea is used to relieve indigestion and stomach pain.

Helps lose weight

It also helps in reducing weight as fenugreek seeds contains the natural soluble fibre in it that swell and fill the stomach thereby suppressing your appetite.

Controls blood sugar levels

Diabetic people should include fenigreek seeds in their daily diet as it contains galactomannan, a natural soluble fibre that helps in keeping their blood sugar levels in control.


Health benefits of Fenugreek Tea

(Health Benefits Times)

Throughout the huge discovery and exploration of the tombs belonging to great Ancient Egyptian rulers, historians made a surprising find. Strangely enough, this particular find wasn’t gold or even unthinkable treasures. It came in the form of the modest seeds of a single herb; the fenugreek. The fenugreek plant has been utilized for a long time, which makes it quite notable in historical culture. Even though it’s significantly less well-known since it once was, it’s still found in numerous locations all over the world for various causes.Through the Mediterranean region of Europe, fenugreek is utilized like a culinary staple. The taste as well as smell of it has been said to be really similar to maple syrup and licorice. Both the seeds and leaves are utilized to gain a extremely distinctive, fairly peppery flavor.

Additionally it is utilized frequently in Indian cooking just as one component in curry powder. However, the seeds of the fenugreek plant are especially utilized for their several health advantages. Fenugreek tea is made up from these same seeds and may boast a variety of health boosting qualities which are definitely worth taking a look at. It’s because the alkaloids included in the seeds, in addition to a high power of fiber. Since it has additionally been proven to imitate estrogen within the body, and is also utilized as a women’s health supplement too.

Health benefits of Fenugreek Tea

Fenugreek tea is known as herbal tea for ladies because of its properties of resembling female sex hormone estrogen. Many people have been consuming fenugreek tea since ages, because of its tremendous heath rewards. The most crucial of all fenugreek tea health benefits is its capability to encourage breast milk in nursing mothers. Besides, it’s also utilized to naturally increase breast.Listed here are few health advantages of Fenugreek tea

1. Health Supplement for Women

Among its advantages, Fenugreek tea is especially needed for ladiesthat are breast-feeding. All through history it’s got proven itself so that you can enhance milk supply in females if taken regularly. Because it is a secure and natural herb it can make for the great option for women who have to promote breast-feeding but additionally wish to be wary of taking unwanted medicines. Apart from this, various other advantages experienced by ladies who consume fenugreek include balance of hormones, which makes it an all natural treatment for a variety of problems.

2. Encourages Healthy Blood & Circulation

For those who have problems with diabetes, fenugreek could be a fantastic way to reduce most of the signs that they experience too. A number of the key benefits it may offer are definitely the regulation of blood circulation along with the loss of blood glucose levels. Additionally, it may help those that are diabetic person by reducing their levels of cholesterol, that decreases the chance of struggling a heart attack in the process too.

3. Digestive Aid

Another great use just for this herbal tea is that it may help reduce a huge number of digestive problems. It’s suggested to consume fenugreek tea right after meals, since the chemical substances that comprise this particular herb, which includes alkaloids like lysine, assist with the digestive process. In case you are harboring any kind of issues such as loss of appetite, bowel problems, nausea, stomach pains, or inflammation, a fast brew of fenugreek tea offer a fast as well as natural fix that will help you feel a bit more comfy. The presence of an ingredient known as mucilage works effectively in reducing gastrointestinal problems, in addition to acid reflux as well as heart burn.

4. Lowering Blood Sugar

Early research indicates that fenugreek may possibly reduce blood sugar levels in individuals with Type 2 diabetes, in accordance with InteliHealth. Additionally, it may enhance difficulties related to high blood glucose, like insulin resistance. However, anyone taking drugs like Metformin or even insulin to manage blood sugar levels ought to be careful of utilizing fenugreek with one of these medicines. They might have to monitor their blood sugar levels much more carefully.

5. Lowering Cholesterol

Fenugreek reduces blood levels of cholesterol as well as triglycerides in diabetic as well as non-diabetic animals as well as humans, in accordance with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). It seems to lower gastrointestinal cholesterol absorption.

6. Hormonal Stability

This is a great tea to assist stabilize the hormonal function, both in women and men, bringing relief to a variety of problems that may appear at different stages in your lifetime.For ladies, fenugreek tea displays estrogen-like properties assisting to improve libido; decrease the signs of menopause, such as hot flashes as well as mood fluctuations; and reduce the intensity of the effects common in PMS.

This particular tea may also aid ladies who have got abnormal periods. Through uterine stimulation this tea brings on your period, but be cautious, it can possibly mean there’s an increase in fertility, enhancing your likelihood of becoming pregnant.

For men, fenugreek tea may also help with libido. It energizes the reproductive organs, enhancing your testosterone levels. Because of consuming this tea, you might find that it enhances male potency.

7. Relief for Cold Symptoms

The unpleasant thing about colds is how they are able to totally knock you out as cold symptoms control your respiratory system. This is the time a good hot herbal infusion made out of fenugreek seeds could be the exact thing you’ll need.

First, fenugreek tea serves as an expectorant, which suggests it will help to expel nasty phlegm and calms coughs, dealing with a sore throat.

Then it can make you sweat as well as in doing so reduces your fever. Drink it along with honey and lemon to assist you along.

Along with assisting to treat bronchitis, pneumonia and coughs, this particular tea can help you throughout allergy season to tackle the signs and symptoms of hay fever along with other sinus conditions.

Fenugreek Tea Benefits
• Drinking fenugreek tea or even eating fenugreek sprouts encourage the development of breast tissues as well as encourages water retention. Because of this you will get fuller, larger breasts.
• Fenugreek tea is abundant with minerals and vitamins along with other compounds much like estrogen. Therefore, it improves the supply of milk in nursing mothers and in addition feeds the baby.
• It reduces hot flushes along with other menopausal symptoms.
• Increases libido in males and females.
• Beneficial for those who have type-2 diabetes.
• Fenugreek seeds are impressive in curing a disease known as beri beri.
• Minimizes the chance of heart attacks.
• Reduces the amount of cholesterol as well as blood sugar.
• Induces and helps reduce labor in pregnant women.
• Fenugreek tea may also be used like a laxative.
• Fenugreek tea inhibits appetite, hence is beneficial in weight loss.
• Fenugreek tea cleans kidneys and intestines.
Preparation of Fenugreek tea

Fenugreek seeds have got a distinctive maple aroma and therefore are widely used in Indian as well as Asian cooking. Clinically, fenugreek purportedly helps stimulate lactation, lower blood sugar as well as cholesterol, safeguard the liver and behave as a laxative. Making fenugreek seed tea can assist you get the health benefits of fenugreek.

• Prepare one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds for every cup of tea you intend to brew. Gently crush fenugreek seeds using a huge wooden spoon or even the side of the chef’s knife to enhance the release of flavor and also the chemicals that provide rise to fenugreek’s health benefits.
• Place crushed fenugreek seeds in a tea strainer together with any other herbs or even tea leaves you intend to use. Fenugreek tea might be made out of fenugreek seeds on your own, however, you might include other herbs, loose tea leaves or even bagged tea to make a different flavor and reap extra health advantages.
• Place the tea strained in a small pan and add water, approximately one cup per teaspoon of seeds. Cook for two to three minutes and let to steep for the next 10 to 15 minutes. Fenugreek seeds are tough and may take longer to brew into tea than many other herbs or spices.
• Serve fenugreek tea cold or hot, adding sweetener or milk to taste. You may want to reheat before serving hot. Try enhancing along with freshly grated nutmeg along with a twist of lemon.
Side Effects of Fenugreek Tea

Fenugreek tea is made utilizing fenugreek seeds. Only soak one teaspoon of the seeds in one cup (8 ounces) of cold water for approximately 3 hours. Strain out the seeds and drink the liquid, either cold or hot. Or add one teaspoon (for stronger tea, you might add one tablespoon) of fenugreek seeds to one cup of hot (after boiling and removing from heat) water and let steep for 45 minutes. Strain it as well as consume it instantly. If you would like, you might refrigerate the tea as well as drink it later. Nowadays, prepackaged teabags can be found in the market. Utilizing a teabag, you are able to prepare the tea within minutes.

Professionals state that you need to drink the tea right after meals as lysine from the tea assists digest the food. Additionally, it decelerates the rate of sugar absorption within the bloodstream. Therefore, it is good for those identified as having diabetes. Research has shown that it assists reduce cholesterol levels not just in diabetics but in addition in normal healthy people. However, like most other things, there are actually both, fenugreek seeds advantages and negative effects. Some possible negative effects of fenugreek tea are:

1. Lowering of Blood Sugar Levels

Ladies who take mother’s milk tea (of which fenugreek is a vital constituent), have reported a drop in their blood glucose levels and also have experienced dizziness, shaking, food cravings as well as excessive sweating. An excessive amount of fenugreek within the tea is considered to be the reason behind such a change in blood sugar levels. It can possibly cause hypoglycemia in a few women. It is for the same reason that individuals struggling with diabetes ought to be careful of the blood sugar reducing fenugreek side effect. If one is diabetic and also drinks fenugreek tea, it’s important for such a person to watch his blood sugar levels frequently so as to browse the indications of hypoglycemia. Fenugreek normally reduces blood sugar levels. Whenever taken along with other medications for diabetes (that mean to lower blood sugar levels), fenugreek may possibly interact with them and result in a drop in blood glucose levels way below safe levels for diabetic patients.

2. For Pregnant Women

If consumed in amounts greater than what is utilized in cooking, fenugreek can result in earlier contractions within pregnant women. If ingested just before delivery, it may cause the baby to give an impression of maple syrup which may be mistaken for the maple syrup disease. Some nursing women have reported that their babies behave in a very fussy way and pass green stool when they consume fenugreek tea. Once they discontinue drinking the tea, these effects on the baby also goes away. Pregnant as well as nursing women need to consult their physician before you take the tea.

3. For Children

Fenugreek seed side effects consist of bouts of unconsciousness in kids. Even children could have a maple syrup like smell within their urine because of usage of fenugreek tea. Parents need to consult the doctor just before providing the tea to young kids as well as older kids.

4. Blood Clotting

Fenugreek may interact with medications like warfarin which slow down blood clotting. This might lead to bruising as well as bleeding. Therefore, those utilizing blood clotting drugs and in addition ingesting fenugreek tea should get their blood checked frequently to make sure that they do not suffer from the undesirable negative effects of bleeding and bruising.

5. For Migraine

Although fenugreek is additionally utilized as treatment for migraine, there are occasions when it has actually triggered the intensity or duration of migraine. Some research also shows that those with a medical history of heart diseases or even high blood pressure levels should be cautious with regards to the usage of fenugreek tea, even though fenugreek has got properties to lower blood pressure.

6. Gastrointestinal Problems

This may also trigger gastrointestinal symptoms just like diarrhea and upset stomach both in adults and children.

7. Allergies

Individuals with peanut or even chickpea allergy should be careful regarding consuming fenugreek since this might trigger allergy symptoms in such people.


Fenugreek or methi seeds – a natural way to treat ovarian cysts and PCOS

By Debjani Arora

Methi seeds is more than just a seasoning ingredient, here is how it can help deal with ovarian cysts and PCOS.

What comes to your mind when you think of fenugreek or methi seeds — a digestive agent, used to season dals and curries, helps to ease gastrointestinal problems, right? Well, if this is what you associate fenugreek or methi seeds with you already know its worth. But fenugreek or methi seeds have more potential to play than just being a mere seasoning agent.

In fact, there are studies that establish its therapeutic abilities that go beyond correcting your digestion problems. A recent study published in the International Journal of Medical Sciences pointed out that fenugreek seed extracts help to treat ovarian cyst and also symptoms of PCOS. The study took into consideration around 50 premenopausal women between the ages 18 and 45 with a BMI < 45 who suffered from PCOS and had problems with conception. These women were given fenugreek seed extracts in the form of capsules (approximately 500 mg each day) for 90 days .

Fenugreek and fertility

At the end of the study, it was concluded that 46 percent of the women had a reduction in ovarian cyst while 36 percent of them had the total dissolution of the cyst. Almost 71 percent of the women had regular menstrual cycle post the study and 12 percent of them conceived during the treatment. This proves to an extent that fenugreek or methi seed extracts can help ease the discomforts of PCOS and help to better a woman’s chances of fertility. Regular consumption of fenugreek seeds increased secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) that helped to ease the symptoms of PCOS.

Fenugreek and insulin resistance

PCOS is also associated with insulin resistance and disorders of lipid metabolism (cholesterol and triglyceride). Another study published in the Iran Journal of Pharmaceutical Research pointed out that when fenugreek capsules were prescribed to women suffering from PCOS along with Metmorfin (a standard drug to treat reproductive disorders in women suffering from PCOS) and ultrasounds were taken after four weeks it showed a significant change in the polycystic appearing ovaries. While there wasn’t much change in insulin resistance but menstrual irregularities were corrected, and the ovaries looked healthy on the scans. Remember with PCOS the ovaries seem to look inflated and have cysts on them.

How to use fenugreek to correct PCOS
• If you believe in natural remedies, it is better to talk to your doctor and get the doses prescribed in the capsule format.
• You can reap the benefits of fenugreek by soaking few seeds in water overnight, straining it in the morning and drinking it.
• Include it in seasoning your foods and sprinkle soaked fenugreek seeds in salads and curries.

Fenugreek

By Kelly Foster

Used for both its leaves and its seeds (both whole and ground), fenugreek, also known as methi and shambalileh, is a unique and highly fragrant ingredient.

What Is Fenugreek?
Taste: Bitter, sweet
Most Popular Use: Curry powder, spice blends, teas

Native to Asia and the Mediterranean, both the seeds and the leaves (fresh or dried) of the fenugreek plant are edible. The seeds are small, hard, and have a shrunken rectangular shape similar to dried beans or corn kernels. The leaves are flat and spear-shaped, and radiate out from a central stem. While both smell like caramel or maple syrup when heated, their taste is rather bitter, like burnt sugar.

Store whole and ground fenugreek in airtight container, in a cool, dry, and dark location for up to six months. Fresh fenugreek leaves have a short shelf life and should be used immediately.

How To Use Fenugreek

Fenugreek is most widely used in Indian cuisine, though it's also found in North African and Middle Eastern dishes. The ground seeds are often used in curry powder, spices blends, dry rubs, and tea blends. A pinch can also be sprinkled over yogurt, cooked greens, or sauce. Fresh leaves can be added to salads and cooked dishes.


The benefits of Fenugreek

(The Telegraph)

Fenugreek, a key curry ingredient, helps to fend off a common cold, it has been claimed, but also has a number of other apparent health benefits.

The herb, found in most British supermarkets, has been hailed as an unlikely "fix-all elixir" thanks to its powerful antiviral properties.

Researchers found it may stave off viruses that cause sniffles and sore throats, helping to relieve the symptoms.

Fenugreek has been used by mums for centuries to stimulate the production of breast milk during pregnancy and following childbirth.

Fenugreek, also called Greek hay and wild clover, is used both as a herb and as a spice, and grows widely in much of India, Pakistan and Asia.

Traditionally, it has been taken orally to rapidly increase milk supply in lactating women, and is commonly used in curries and Asian cookery.

They are a rich source of antioxidants, which promote good health by helping to cleanse the body of cell-damaging free-radicals.

It has been claimed that the herb lessens the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS.

It has also been used to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux, according to a home remedies website.

Research has also suggested that it helps lower levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes.

It can have some minor side effects however and pregnant women are advised not to take it because it can induce labour.


Benefits of Fenugreek Capsules for Breastfeeding

By Sharon Perkins (Demand Media)

Breastfeeding moms dealing with decreased milk supply often turn to herbs such as fenugreek to produce more milk. Fenugreek is often recommended by lactation consultants and alternative medicine practitioners, although it hasn't undergone many clinical studies. Fenugreek is classified as a galactagogue, a substance that increases breast milk output. Fenugreek is sold in capsules as well as in tea form. Ask your doctor and lactation consultant before taking fenugreek; there are ways to increase breast milk output without taking herbs.

All Natural

Fenugreek is an herb whose seed is used in alternative medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including milk production. Because it's a natural plant product, nursing moms often feel more comfortable taking it than commercially produced medications. Taking fenugreek with blessed thistle, another herb, often gives better results than taking fenugreek alone. Don't take fenugreek mixed with thyme, breastfeeding specialist Dr. Jack Newman of the International Breastfeeding Center advises.

Quick Acting

Fenugreek pills work quickly after you start taking them, often in the first 12 to 24 hours; if this treatment doesn't work by then, it may not work at all, according to Dr. Newman. Both fenugreek and blessed thistle work best in the first week of use. Continued Breastfeeding

Fenugreek could allow you to keep breastfeeding if it works for you as prescribed. Breastfeeding has multiple benefits for both babies and moms. It's the healthiest food for your baby and provides immunological benefits over formula. Breastfeeding can also help you lose weight during the postpartum period and might have a protective effect against developing breast cancer later in life.

Ease of Administration

Fenugreek is inexpensive and easy to find. To increase milk supply, take three capsules three times per day. Capsules have advantages over teas, which take time to make. Capsules also provide a more standardized dose of the herb than teas do.

Side Effects

Natural doesn't always mean completely safe; fenugreek does have potential side effects. But it's generally considered safe, with a few caveats, according to Dr. Newman. If your milk supply drops because you're pregnant, don't take fenugreek, which could possibly induce uterine contractions. Fenugreek might also lower blood glucose levels, which could change your medication requirements if you're diabetic. You or your baby might also develop mild gastrointestinal distress or gassiness. You might also notice that your or your baby's skin might have a maple syrup odor that could be mistaken for a metabolic disorder. As with any herb, you could develop an allergy to fenugreek.



5 Health Benefits of Fenugreek

By Marina Bartzokis

Add this tasty herb to your diet for some delicious health benefits with a sweetly spiced nut recipe.

Meet fenugreek, the beloved herb that has been around since Ancient Greece and been used to remedy a variety of ailments, from dandruff to cancer. If you have ever tried curry, then you have probably tasted fenugreek. "[Fenugreek has a] nutty flavor, which combines the taste of celery and maple," describes Michael J. Balick, PhD, author of Rodale's 21st-Cenutry Herbal. "[It] enhance[s] meats, poultry, marinated vegetables, curry blends, and condiments, such as chutney."

Fenugreek seeds have been lauded for providing a variety of health benefits both topically and systemically. Its high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals have made this unique herb a mainstay in the diets of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and African countries. Most notably, since this flavor enhancer is commonly used in seed form, fenugreek is a great source of protein.

Here are 5 ways fenugreek can help your health, according to a review published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Contemporary and Alternative Medicine.

Prevents Infection and Inflammation

Fenugreek seed extract contains a compound that has been shown to prevent the growth of harmful, illness-causing bacteria and fungi, such as Staphylococcus aureus (the bacteria that causes staph infections) and E. coli. Also, this extract has been shown to reduce signs of inflammation by about 62 percent.

Lowers Blood Sugar

Human and animal studies show that fenugreek can help people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. "Fenugreek has been definitively shown to reduce fasting blood sugar and improve glucose tolerance in people with type 1 diabetes and to enhance lipid profiles, insulin sensitivity, and glucose control in folks with type 2 diabetes," says Gerard Mullin, MD, author of The Gut Balance Revolution.

Fights Cancer

Preliminary research using extracts of fenugreek showed the herb's ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells up to 70 percent in the lab. This cancer-fighting ability likely comes from the herb's high levels of flavonoid and carotenoid antioxidants.

Improves Your Heart

Not only does fenugreek lower bad cholesterol (LDL), but it also raises good cholesterol (HDL). Research suggests that fenugreek may promote the conversion of unhealthy cholesterol into bile salts, a naturally occurring chemical in the body that helps fat digestion and toxin elimination.

Treats Anemia

For those suffering from anemia, fenugreek is a terrific natural source of iron. Boosting iron levels has been linked to decreased weakness and improved energy for those suffering from low iron.

Incorporate fenugreek into your diet by snacking on these tasty flavored nuts from Good Fat Cooking by Franklin Becker.

Sweet and Spiced Nuts

Makes 4 servings

•Ingredients:

1 pound walnuts, pecans, or cashews
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground fenugreek
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
4 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Sugar in the Raw
2 Tablespoons water

•Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Spread the nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes.
3. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the salt, cayenne pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, and fenugreek and toss until incorporated.
4. Add the butter, brown sugar, Sugar in the Raw, and water and stir until the nuts are evenly coated.
5. Spread the nuts on the baking sheet and roast until golden brown, stirring twice, about 10 minutes.
6. Separate the nuts with a spatula, taking care not to burn yourself. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

What Is Fenugreek Good For?

By Tracey Roizman, D.C.(Demand Media)

Fenugreek, an annual herb native to Southern Europe and Asia, is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs and provides a variety of purported health and practical benefits. Now grown in many parts of the world, fenugreek seeds impart a maple-like flavor to baked goods and curries and the plant can be eaten as a vegetable. Several of fenugreek's health and medicinal uses have been substantiated by scientific research.

Blood Sugar-Lowering

Fenugreek may help with blood sugar management in diabetics, according to a study published in the January 2011 issue of the "Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare." In the study, sedentary middle-aged volunteers took 5 grams, 10 grams or 15 grams of fenugreek per day for six weeks. Results showed that the two higher dosage levels produced mild decreases in blood sugar levels. Fenugreek fared well in a comparison study of the blood sugar-lowering abilities of five commonly used herbs, published in the April 2012 issue of the journal "Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition and Agriculture." Fenugreek showed the most consistent blood sugar-lowering effects. Other herbs in the study included green tea, bitter melon, gooseberry and cinnamon.

Cholesterol-Lowering

Fenugreek may lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting absorption of cholesterol in the intestine, according to the University of Colorado Denver Pharmacy Department. Soluble fiber in the herb forms a complex with cholesterol that binds it and prevents absorption and also promotes increased flow of bile, which your liver makes from cholesterol. Researchers of a study published in the December 2011 issue of the "Journal of Medicinal Food" recommend that fenugreek, comprised of 32 percent insoluble fiber and 13.3 percent soluble fiber, be added as a supplement to flours for making breads, pizza and other baked goods. Fenugreek fortification would make commonly consumed foods into functional foods with added health benefits, say the researchers.

Estrogenic Effects

Phytoestrogens in fenugreek seeds make them a valuable spice for regulating estrogen levels, according to James A. Duke, author of "CRC Handbook of Medicinal Spices." A tissue culture study published in the June 2010 issue of the "Indian Journal of Medical Research" found that fenugreek seed extract activated estrogen receptors on breast cancer cells, causing increased growth and reproduction of the cancer cells. Fenugreek extract also activated an estrogen-dependant breast cancer gene. Both activities indicate strong estrogenic effects. Researchers conclude that fenugreek may be unsuitable for women with estrogen-positive breast cancer but recommend further studies to determine if fenugreek might offer an alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy.

Considerations

Fenugreek is generally considered safe when taken in doses of 10 to 100 grams per day. It may cause low potassium levels in some people. If you tend toward low potassium levels, consult your doctor or qualified health professional for guidance and supervision before taking fenugreek. This herb should also be taken separately from medications.


You have to try this fenugreek seeds remedy for sore throat!

By Pavitra Sampath

Fenugreek or methi seeds are great to treat a sore throat! Not only do they have very potent antibacterial properties, but a study published in Journal of Botany found that it was especially effective against bacterium that cause a sore throat. You may also like to read about the health benefits of fenugreek seeds. What you’ll need

• Two tablespoons of fenugreek or methi seeds.
• One litre water.
Method
• Add the fenugreek seeds to room temperature water.
• Place it on a burner and allow it to simmer till it comes to a rolling boil.
• Then, simmer the flame and allow it to simmer for about one hour.
• Once the water changes colour (after an hour), remove it from the flame and allow it to cool to a drinkably warm temperature.
How to use this remedy
• Use this water while it is still warm to gargle twice a day.
• If the sore throat is severe, you can use it to gargle three times a day too.

3 reasons fenugreek is an effective home remedy for diabetes

By Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti

Just like many diabetic-friendly foods like bitter gourd, amla and jamun, fenugreek (methi) is also known to be an effective home remedy for controlling blood glucose levels. And this is the reason why including methi in the diet, either in the form of methi laddoo or eating soaked methi early in the morning is recommended for controlling diabetes. But did you know how exactly fenugreek helps with fighting diabetes?

Here’s how fenugreek can lower your blood glucose level and control diabetes.

How does it help?

This home remedy not only helps in managing type 2 diabetes but also helps with weight loss and lowering your lipid profile, which are known to be risk factors for diabetes. Here’s how it helps in controlling blood glucose level in people suffering from prediabetes and diabetes.

  1. 1 Lowers blood glucose level

According to a 2014 study published in the Nutrition Journal [1], the hypoglycaemic effect of fenugreek is attributed to the presence of soluble fibre, which not only reduces the rate of digestion by the enzymes but also reduces the absorption of glucose from the GI (gastrointestinal) tract. These seeds also contain trigonelline, a compound which increases insulin sensitivity and also reduces glucose levels in the blood. Moreover, the presence of 4-hydroxyisoleucine, a novel amino acid, in fenugreek stimulates glucose-dependent insulin release by the pancreatic cells thereby helping you to control your blood glucose naturally.

2 Exerts hypolipidemic effect

Fenugreek seeds are also packed with polyphenols and flavonoids which exert antioxidant action thus lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. The fibre galactomannan exerts lipid lowering effect by forming a viscous gel in the intestine and hence, limits the absorption of lipid and glucose. It also contains around 48% fibre and 26% proteins making it a healthy dietary alternative for people suffering from diabetes and at risk of high cholesterol and lipids. This is the reason, fenugreek is also used as an active ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations.

3 Delays onset of diabetes in prediabetics

If you are suffering from prediabetes or borderline diabetes, there is a high chance that you might suffer from diabetes within a span of two – three years if proper dietary control and fitness regimen is not followed. However, including fenugreek in your diet (10 g per day) delays the onset of prediabetes to diabetes due to its decreased insulin resistance [3]. The high alkaloid content in fenugreek seeds increases serum insulin levels along with reducing LDL cholesterol levels and hence, help you to maintain the blood glucose level of control. Studies have reported that eating a fenugreek diet showed a significant reduction in the fasting blood sugar along with improving the glucose tolerance test [4]. Here’s a diet plan diabetics can use for better blood sugar control.

How to use it?

A 2009 study [5] published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research revealed that fenugreek seeds exert hypoglycaemic effects when used in the soaked form. When powdered fenugreek seeds which were soaked in hot water were consumed for eight weeks,people suffering from type 2 diabetes showed effective control of blood glucose. However, including fenugreek seeds in your diet or eating a methi laddoo early in the morning also plays a vital role in maintaining your blood glucose level.


One Food No One Knew Can Cure Diabetes Completely

By Somya Ojha

As per a recent study, more than 30 million people in India have been diagnosed with diabetes. The rise in the prevalence of diabetes in India is alarming, and it is about time we start seeing this disease as a potential threat. This morbid condition causes high blood sugar level in a person. The two types are type 1 and type 2. Out of these, type 2 is highly common, to an extent that 90% of the cases of diabetes are type 2.

In diabetes, a patient's body does not produce enough insulin, which is required for the proper functioning of a body. The treatment for this depends on the type of diabetes that one is diagnosed with. Controlling blood sugar level is the key goal for the treatment of diabetes. The treatments may be managed with insulin, exercise, dietary changes, or, in more serious cases, dialysis. In whichever case, these treatments could be highly unpleasant, expensive and painful. No one likes to pop pills on a daily basis or, in the worst case scenario, get injections. Fortunately, that is not the only way to cure diabetes. For decades, people have relied on specific food items to cure this disease too. Food items like bitter gourd, green tea, etc, could help in treating the disorder.

But, one food that can drastically cure diabetes, that not many people talk about or have heard of, is fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek seeds, also known as Methi, is an aromatic plant that is used as a cooking ingredient and for multiple health benefits. In this article, we at Boldsky will answer a few basic questions surrounding the fact that fenugreek seeds can cure diabetes. Take a look at these.

1. How Fenugreek Seeds Affect The Level Of Blood Sugar: Fenugreek seeds contain soluble fibre and other chemicals that slow down the digestion process and absorption of carbohydrates. Few clinical trials have also proven that fenugreek seeds can lower blood glucose level and greatly improve glucose tolerance.

2. How To Add Fenugreek Seeds To Your Diet: The easiest way to consume these seeds is by boiling the dried seeds in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes and drinking the resulting tea. Regular consumption of these seeds can lower blood glucose level to a great extent.

3. Is It Safe To Take Fenugreek Seeds: The dose of these seeds, ideal for curing diabetes, would be 1 g/day. It is important to monitor the dosage, as excessive consumption could cause side effects. If you're not too certain of the dosage, you can always consult a dietitian. Moreover, it is highly imperative to maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise daily and take proper care of oneself.


Diabetes: Can Fenugreek Lower My Blood Sugar?

By Rena Goldman (Medically Reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE)

Fenugreek is a plant that grows in parts of Europe and western Asia. The leaves are edible, but it’s the small brown seeds that are famous for their use in medicine.

The first recorded use of fenugreek dates all the way back to 1500 B.C.E., in ancient Egypt. Across the Middle East and South Asia, the seeds were traditionally used as both a spice and a medicine. Its uses included helping with:

• digestive issues
• problems breastfeeding
• inducing childbirth
• arthritis
• kidney problems
• menopausal symptoms

The dried seeds were also sometimes ground into a paste and used to treat skin infections and injuries.

Modern Uses

Today, fenugreek is typically used to treat:

• loss of appetite
• diabetes
• high cholesterol
• eczema

It claims to increase milk production for women who are breastfeeding. You should be wary of this claim, however. The safety of this herb has not been studied for lactating mothers or infants, and it is not recommended for pregnant women, as it may stimulate contractions.

You can buy fenugreek as a spice (in whole or powdered form), a supplement (in concentrated pill and liquid form), as a tea, or as a skin cream. Fenugreek is also still used in many Indian-style recipes. Seeds for cooking are usually found in Indian spice stores or in the international food section of your grocery store. Supplements, teas, and creams can be purchased at a health food store or online.

Doses can range from 5 to 30 grams per day. They vary depending on the person and reason for use. If you’re thinking of taking fenugreek as a supplement, talk to your doctor first.

How It Can Help with Blood Sugar

There are very few studies to support fenugreek as an effective treatment for various medical conditions. Most of the scientific studies that do exist focus on the seed’s ability to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.

Fenugreek seeds may be helpful to people with diabetes because they contain fiber and other chemicals that are thought to slow digestion and the body’s absorption of carbohydrates and sugar. The seeds may also help to improve the way the body uses sugar and increase the amount of insulin released.

For example, one study found that a daily dose of 10 grams of fenugreek seeds soaked in hot water may be helpful in controlling type 2 diabetes. Another study suggests that eating baked goods, such as bread, made with fenugreek flour may help to reduce insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes.

Is It Safe?

The amounts of fenugreek used in cooking are generally considered safe. When taken in large doses, reported side effects include gas and bloating.

Fenugreek can also react with several different medications, particularly those that treat blood clotting disorders and diabetes. If you’re on these types of medication, talk to your doctor before taking fenugreek. Your diabetes medication doses may need to be reduced while on fenugreek to avoid low blood sugar.

Pregnant women are advised to limit fenugreek use to only amounts used in cooking because of its potential to induce labor.

Additionally, fenugreek supplements have not been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that the manufacturing process is not regulated, so there could be health risks that haven’t been discovered yet.

How to Add It to Your Diet

Fenugreek seeds have a slightly bitter, nutty taste, so they’re often used in spice blends rather than alone. Indian recipes use them in curries, pickles, and other sauces. You can also drink fenugreek tea or sprinkle powdered fenugreek over yogurt.

If you’re not sure how to use fenugreek, a dietitian can help you add it to your current diabetes meal plan.



Time to become home doctor using Fenugreek

(IBC World News)

Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants native to southern Europe and Asia. The name itself has an exotic ring, and it should, as widely traveled as it is.

A very popular plant grown throughout Mediterranean regions, Argentina, North Africa, France, India.

Here are some remedies for which this can be used.

Treating diabetes and lowering blood sugar levels:

Studies have shown that participants with type 2 diabetes had significantly lower blood sugar levels after eating fenugreek seeds. Therefore, a recommended home remedy for treating Type 2 diabetes is to consume 500mg of fenugreek seed twice daily.

Home remedy for fever:

The Fenugreek herb has been known to help reduce fever when taken with lemon and honey, since it nourishes the body during an illness. Therefore, to treat a fever, simply consume one to two teaspoons of Fenugreek seeds three times a day along with an herbal tea (such as green tea) with a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice. Some health food stores also sell herbal Fenugreek teas, which can be used instead of the green tea.

Remedy to ease child birth for pregnant women:

Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions and can be helpful to induce childbirth. However, pregnant women should only use this remedy for inducing labor after consulting with their doctor.

Helps you lose weight:

Include fenugreek in your weight loss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. The natural soluble fiber in the fenugreek can swell and fill the stomach thereby suppressing your appetite and aiding your weight loss goals.

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 from sore throat. Here are 5 foods to relieve sore throat.

Helps reduce menstrual discomfort:

Fenugreek contains compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones with oestrogen-like properties which help reduce symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps associated with PMS. These compounds also ease menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood fluctuations. Women are more prone to iron deficiency during adolescence (initiation of menstrual periods), during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Including green leafy veggies like fenugreek (methi) in your diet can supply a good amount of iron. But make sure to add tomatoes or potatoes to the preparations to enhance the iron absorption.

Helps soothe skin inflammation and reduces scars:

While Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, fenugreek also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that aid in the treatment of various skin problems like burns, boils and eczema. The seeds are known to help in getting rid of scars. All you need to do is apply a clean cloth soaked in methi seed paste to fight skin inflammation.


Why we must have fenugreek daily

By Muneet Kaur (TNN)

From diabetics to heart patients, almost everyone is being advised to include the bitter fenugreek seeds in diet. If we look at the number of ailments, fenugreek is believed to cure, we might as well declare it among the top ranking super foods.

"Fenugreek or methi dana imparts many health benefits. It's has soluble fibre which helps in reducing cholesterol especially LDL, controls blood sugar levels and helps lose weight by suppressing appetite if taken soaked overnight on empty stomach in the morning. Besides that, it prevents colon cancer and helps counter acid reflux or heartburns" says nutritionist Sandhya Gugnani.

Helps in weight loss

Fenugreek seeds are made of natural fibers, which can swell and fill the stomach, consequently smothering appetite and supporting weight reduction objectives. Chew methi seeds at least twice or thrice a day and you will discover you feel satiated without eating much. Another technique for weight reduction is drinking two glasses of methi water in the morning. The water is prepared by soaking 1 tablespoon of the seeds in two glasses of water for entire night. This water is exceptionally useful in prevention of water retention in the body as well as bloating.

Remedy for fever and sore throat

These seeds are said to provide relief in fever when taken with a teaspoon of lemon and honey. Due to the presence of mucilage, a compound found in it, fenugreek has a soothing effect on throat. Remedy for women's health problems Fenugreek is traditionally known to increase breast size. Many women want to know exactly how this works. Fenugreek empowers the mammary glands and encourages the development of breast tissue. It also contains phyto-estrogen that builds the level of prolactin in your body that that helps increase the size of your breasts. It also aids in other uterine troubles like menstrual cramps, hot flushes, and period distress.

Prevents hair loss

Fenugreek seeds contain compounds that aid in hair health. Hence, whether included in diet or applied on hair, it is tremendously useful. Massaging your head regularly with boiled fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in coconut oil can be a fabulous solution for hair fall. Fenugreek is also a great remedy for dandruff.

Aids digestion

Consumption of fenugreek seeds enhances bowel movements, and is a viable cure against digestive problem and heart burns. As fenugreek is rich in fiber and antioxidant, it helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and aids digestion. You can even drink water in which the seeds have been soaked to manage digestive problems.

Regulates blood sugar and controls diabetes

These seeds control glucose levels in body. The amino acid compounds in fenugreek seeds promote insulin discharge in the pancreas, which brings down the glucose levels in the body.

Get radiant skin

Fenugreek seeds destroy free radicals in our body, which cause wrinkles, and dark spots. These seeds also lighten skin tone. They also prevent outbreaks and keep skin free from pimples.

Fight dandruff

Dandruff is a typical hair problem resulting from dead skin cells in dry scalp. Fenugreek has been used since ancient times to deal with this trouble. Soak these seeds overnight. Grind them in the morning to make a paste. You can likewise add curd to the paste for even better results. After your paste is prepared, apply it to your scalp and rub the roots of your hair. Wash off your hair after 30 minutes, and say goodbye to dandruff.

Induces and eases child birth

Fenugreek seeds have been known to be supportive in stimulating labor and uterune compressions. It additionally decreases labour pain also. Hence excessive intake of fenugreek seeds during pregnancy could put you at danger of miscarriage or premature childbirth.


15 health benefits of fenugreek (methi) seeds and leaves

By Dr Anitha Anchan

Here's why you should use fenugreek seeds or leaves as part of your daily diet!

Methi or fenugreek seeds and leaves form an important ingredient in Indian households. It is used in almost every Indian preparation be it dal, paratha or curry. But what you might not know is that methi or fenugreek is a rich reservoir of medicinal properties that imparts many health benefits. Here are 15 reasons why you should include methi in your diet more often.

1 Lowers blood cholesterol

According to studies [1] fenugreek helps to reduce cholesterol level, especially that of the low density lipoprotein (LDL). They are known to be rich source of steroidal saponins that prevent the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides. Here’s how to reduce cholesterol levels naturally.

2 Reduces risk of heart disease

Due to the presence of galactomannan, fenugreek plays a key role in maintain your heart health. It also contains high amount of potassium that counters the action of sodium to help control heart rate and blood pressure. Read about yoga for healthy heart.

3 Controls blood sugar levels

Diabetic 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.

4 Aids digestion

As fenugreek is rich in fibre and antioxidants, it helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and thus, aids digestion. In some cases, fenugreek tea is used to relieve indigestion and stomach pain. You can even drink fenugreek decoction early in the morning to deal with constipation.

5 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.

6 Helps you lose weight

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.

7 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 from sore throat.

8 Increases breast milk production in lactating women

Fenugreek ranks high among the ‘must haves’ for nursing mothers. This is due to the presence of diosgenin in the spice which increases milk production in lactating mothers.

9 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. Excess intake of fenugreek seeds during pregnancy could put you at risk of miscarriage or premature childbirth.

10 Helps reduce menstrual discomfort

Fenugreek contains compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones with oestrogen-like properties which help reduce symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps associated with PMS. These compounds also ease menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood fluctuations. Women are more prone to iron deficiency during adolescence (initiation of menstrual periods), during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Including green leafy veggies like fenugreek (methi) in your diet can supply a good amount of iron. But make sure to add tomatoes or potatoes to the preparations to enhance the iron absorption.

11 Helps slightly increase breast size

The oestrogen-like property of fenugreek can help in breast enlargement by balancing hormones in women. You may also like to read about 10 ways to get better breasts.

12 Helps prevent colon cancer

The fibre content (saponins, mucilage, etc.) of fenugreek binds to toxins in the food and flush them out. This in turn helps to protect the mucus membrane of the colon from cancer.

13 Helps soothe skin inflammation and reduces scars

While Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, fenugreek also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that aid in the treatment of various skin problems like burns, boils and eczema. The seeds are known to help in getting rid of scars. All you need to do is apply a clean cloth soaked in methi seed paste to fight skin inflammation.

  1. 14 Helps 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.

  1. 15 Can help resolve hair problems

Using fenugreek as a part of your diet or as a paste to directly apply on your hair makes your hair shiny and black. Massaging your head everyday with boiled fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in coconut oil can be an excellent remedy for thinning of hair and hair fall. What more? Fenugreek is also great to keep the dandruff away.


Fenugreek tea — the best natural remedy to fight body odour

By Bhavyajyoti Chilukot

Drinking a cup of fenugreek tea everyday is the most effective and natural way to deal with body odour and bad breath.

Body odour — even after you have taken a shower with a fragrant soap, few hours later you do not smell so ‘fresh’. Be it after hours of travelling or staying indoors for the entire day, unpleasant body odour is quite common, that not only makes you,but also the people around you uncomfortable. If this is the case with you, rather than investing in those expensive perfumes to mask body odour, here is a simple natural remedy you can try — fenugreek seeds.

How does fenugreek help?

One of the key causes of persistent body odour is the accumulation of the hardened mucus and other harmful toxins in body [1]. Right from nasal and oral passages to gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract and vagina, these toxins remain in the body and pass through the blood stream to various parts of the body. Although some toxins are eliminated through sweat and urine, some are still present in the body. In such cases, drinking fenugreek tea not only helps in flushing out the toxins but also exerts antibacterial activity, inhibiting bacterial growth and infection, which might worsen the condition .

Recipe for fenugreek

Add a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to 250 ml of water and allow it to boil till it reduces to half the initial volume. Drink this tea regularly on an empty stomach to eliminate toxins from the body and hence, fight body odour naturally. Another alternative is to eat a spoonful of methi seeds soaked overnight to reduce body odour and even bad breath.



Fenugreek for Cholesterol, Diabetes, Menstrual Problems, and More

By Conan Milner (Epoch Times)

Fenugreek is one of the first cultivated herbs in recorded history and remains a fundamental ingredient in curative and culinary traditions from around the world. Fenugreek is found in Indian curry powders, Middle Eastern spice mixes, and Ethiopia’s ubiquitous berberé powder.

In India, fenugreek greens are often found in a variety of dishes, but most of the world’s culinary interest in this plant lies in the seed. Fenugreek seeds look like pale-yellow pebbles. They have an unmistakably maple-syrup scent and are often used to flavor imitation maple-syrup products.

Other aspects of the fenugreek flavor include notes of celery and bitterness. This herb has a unique taste, but there may be reasons other than flavor why fenugreek is found in so many traditional cuisines.

Germany’s botanical medicine agency, Commission E, approves use of fenugreek as an appetite stimulant, and this is one of the plant’s oldest uses. The ancient Greeks (and later the Romans) fed this herb to their livestock because often it was the only thing sick animals would eat. This is where we get the name fenugreek, which means “Greek hay.”

Many herbalists use fenugreek on even deeper digestive issues. For example, its high fiber content has been shown to lower cholesterol and prevent constipation. In India, fenugreek has long been used to treat diabetes.

Modern preliminary studies suggest that fenugreek may be effective at lowering blood sugar levels, normalizing glucose metabolism, and reducing insulin resistance. The agent responsible for this action is an unusual amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine of which fenugreek seed is a rich source. In animal models, this amino acid has demonstrated antidiabetic properties.

Hormonal Effects

Insulin is not the only hormone that fenugreek appears to influence. One study from Texas A&M University suggests that fenugreek may increase testosterone, which has since made it very popular with body builders.

Fenugreek is also used to treat menopause, as estrogenic isoflavones in the herb may help relieve mood swings, hot flashes, and depression. In the 19th century, fenugreek was a key ingredient in a popular patent formula known as Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound. It was used to treat “female troubles” such as menstrual pain and vaginal dryness.

Further aspects of fenugreek’s treatment scope are found in traditional Chinese medicine, where fenugreek is used to treat kidney yang deficiency. This manifests in conditions such as edema in the legs, back pain due to weakness, hernias, and reproductive issues such as impotence and irregular periods.

When it comes to female hormones, fenugreek holds special affinity for breasts. Regular consumption is said to increase breast size and fullness, and it has been used for thousands of years to help nursing mothers stimulate milk production.

Fenugreek also has a reputation for increasing other fluids as well, such as semen and sweat. One side effect of heavy fenugreek consumption is that body fluids develop a pronounced maple smell.

Fenugreek’s mucilaginous nature can help maintain bowel regularity and soothe a sore throat. This herb can also be used topically to soothe inflamed tissues like rashes and wounds. For topical application, soak the seeds in a little water until soft and grind them into a paste. A Few Precautions

Fenugreek is generally safe, but it isn’t appropriate for everybody, as it may affect hormones in problematic ways. Those with hypothyroidism, for example, are urged to take caution with fenugreek because it is believed to interfere with thyroid hormones. Some mothers who take copious amounts of fenugreek to increase their milk supply also report a drop in thyroid function.


Time to become home doctor using Fenugreek

(IBC News Bureau)

Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants native to southern Europe

and Asia. The name itself has an exotic ring, and it should, as widely traveled as it is.

A very popular plant grown throughout Mediterranean regions, Argentina, North Africa, France, India.

Here are some remedies for which this can be used.

TREATING DIABETES AND LOWERING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS:

Studies have shown that participants with type 2 diabetes had significantly

lower blood sugar levels after eating fenugreek seeds. Therefore, a recommended home

remedy for treating Type 2 diabetes is to consume 500mg of fenugreek seed twice daily.

HOME REMEDY FOR FEVER:

The Fenugreek herb has been known to help reduce fever when taken with lemon and honey,

since it nourishes the body during an illness. Therefore, to treat a fever,

simply consume one to two teaspoons of Fenugreek seeds three times a day along with

an herbal tea (such as green tea) with a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice. Some health

food stores also sell herbal Fenugreek teas, which can be used instead of the green tea.

REMEDY TO EASE CHILD BIRTH FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:

Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions and can be helpful to induce childbirth.

However, pregnant women should only use this remedy for inducing labor after consulting

with their doctor. Helps you lose weight:

Include fenugreek in your weight loss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning

on an empty stomach. The natural soluble fiber in the fenugreek can swell and fill the

stomach thereby suppressing your appetite and aiding your weight loss goals. 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 from sore throat. Here are 5 foods to relieve sore throat. Helps reduce menstrual discomfort:

Fenugreek contains compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones with oestrogen-like

properties which help reduce symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps associated

with PMS. These compounds also ease menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood

fluctuations. Women are more prone to iron deficiency during adolescence (initiation

of menstrual periods), during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Including green leafy veggies

like fenugreek (methi) in your diet can supply a good amount of iron. But make sure to

add tomatoes or potatoes to the preparations to enhance the iron absorption. Helps soothe skin inflammation and reduces scars:

While Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, fenugreek also contains anti-inflammatory

compounds that aid in the treatment of various skin problems like burns, boils and eczema.

The seeds are known to help in getting rid of scars. All you need to do is apply a clean cloth

soaked in methi seed paste to fight skin inflammation.

Keep in mind that these cautions mostly apply to medicinal doses of fenugreek. Small amounts in a vegetable curry, for example, should pose little harm. However, it’s also important to note that fenugreek is a member of the legume family, and a close relative of peanuts and chickpeas. Anyone with an allergy to these related legumes may also have a sensitivity to fenugreek as well. How to Use

To use as medicine, make a strong tea from the seeds—about a level teaspoon per cup of water and simmer for 20 minutes. If you don’t like the taste, fenugreek capsules may be a better bet.

Consult a qualified herbalist for an appropriate dosage, and proceed with caution if taking blood-thinning medication, thyroid hormones, or insulin. Since fenugreek is known to relax the uterus, it is also best to avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.

When using fenugreek in your cooking, dry-roast the seeds first. This improves flavor by removing some of the bitterness. To grow your own fenugreek greens, simply sprout the seeds.



Fenugreek for shiny hair

By Kriti Panth

Do you want shiny and luscious hair? Are you interested in a simple home remedy to achieve this? Did you know that fenugreek (methi) works like magic for your hair?

Your hair can make or break your look. Regardless of how much effort you put into your grooming and appearance, dry and lifeless hair can take all that away.

Take a few teaspoons of yoghurt and mix it with a pinch of fenugreek seeds. Then let the mixture sit overnight.

The next day grind the mixture, apply it on your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes (if you want you can apply the mixture after washing your hair on damp hair).

hairAfter 10 to 15 minutes rinse your hair thoroughly to get rid of fenugreek and yoghurt residue. This tip not only makes your hair shiny but also helps alleviate dandruff. Though your hair might smell a bit like fenugreek, the results are totally worth it. Try this during the weekend and notice results!

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