The Myriad Health Benefits of Fenugreek
Domlur, Bengaluru Feb 13, 2017
Fenugreek is a spice equally popular in the northern and southern parts of the country. Be it the quintessential “Aloo methi” of northern India or the traditional home made idli batter of South India, methi is a vital ingredient.
NUTRIENT VALUE OF METHI
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. Keeps your diabetes under check and lowers blood sugar levels:
Scientific studies in the past indicate the seed’s ability to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes because of their fiber content and other chemicals that are thought to slow digestion. The seeds are believed to help improve the way our body uses sugar and increase the amount of insulin released.
A simple way to make methi a part of our diet is to add fresh methi leaves into the dough while kneading, which can subsequently be used for preparing chapatis. People in Northern parts of Karnataka regularly make use of methi leaves for their fresh green salads.
2. Great for relieving heart burn and acidity:
My great aunt once told me that whenever you feel a burning sensation in your food pipe, just pop a handful of methi seeds, followed by a glass of cool water. It really does work!!! I found out the reason recently that mucilage in fenugreek seeds assists in soothing gastrointestinal inflammation, and coats the stomach and intestinal lining. No wonder, 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.
3. Fenugreek as an Anti-cancer shield:
Even though most of the studies pertaining to anti-cancer properties of Fenugreek are restricted to animal and cell studies; researchers in a study published in 2006 found that fenugreek seed extracts suppressed inflammation, inhibited the proliferation of cancer cells, and caused apoptosis – or self-destruction – of tumor cells.
4. The herb that Lowers cholesterol:
Fenugreek helps in reducing the body’s production of cholesterol, especially low-density lipo protein (LDL or bad cholesterol). According to a study published in The University of Michigan Health System, fenugreek reduces the rate of absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. The researchers also reported that the herb slows down cholesterol production in the liver, too.
5. A spice to increase your weight and aid digestion:
Fenugreek has been traditionally used in the Middle East to gain weight. Women in the middle east and North Africa often grind the seeds to a paste to be used along with sugar and oil. The seeds prevent constipation by adding to the digestive bulk.
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