Fenugreek known as “Methi” in hindi is an annual herb with light green leaves and small white flowers. It’s of the pea family (Fabaceae). The fenugreek plant stands erect at two to three feet tall, and the seed pods contain 10–20 small, flat, yellow-brown, pungent and aromatic methi seeds. Here are amazing health benefits of fenugreek seeds.
Methi seeds are greatly produced in many countries such as India, Iran, Spain, Argentina, Nepal, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, France, Bangladesh and Morocco.
India is the largest producer of the fenugreek seeds in the world. In India, methi seeds are largely produced in many states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana. Rajasthan produces approximately 80% of the total fenugreek seeds in India.
Fenugreek seeds uses as a condiment to promote better health and as a potent hair potion. Methi seeds are very familiar component used in various Indian subcontinent dishes.
Health benefits of Fenugreek seeds (Methi dana)
Benefits of Fenugreek seeds for digestion
Improving digestion is one of the essential benefits of fenugreek. The fibre content along with the anti-oxidants in fenugreek seeds benefits in removing the toxins from the body. The mucilage present in the seed coat of the fenugreek benefits in relieving discomfort caused due to acid reflux, gastritis as well as stomach ulcers.
Lowers Cholesterol Level
Fenugreek has cholesterol-lowering power. It has a good amount of soluble fiber, which increases the viscosity of the digested food and inhibits the uptake of cholesterol and bile acids. Fenugreek seeds benefits to reduce the low-density lipoprotein level in your blood. Bad cholesterol can cause blockages in your blood vessels, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Rich Source of Vitamins
It is very helpful in treating the kidney ailments and deficiency symptoms of the vitamin like mouth ulcers, baldness, chronic coughs, chapped lips, beriberi, boils, cellulitis, tuberculosis, bronchitis, cancer and etc.
Benefits of fenugreek seeds for Joint Pain
Fenugreek contains a compound known as diosgenin that aids the body’s production of cortisone and other corticosteroids, which help treat arthritis pain.
Munch 1 tbsp of soaked fenugreek seeds daily in the morning to reduce joint pain. Also, make a paste of fenugreek seed powder and warm water. Apply this paste on the painful areas. Allow it to dry, then rinse it off with warm water. Use this remedy twice daily until the pain is gone.
Reduces Menstrual Discomfort
Fenugreek is considered as a potent substance that eases the process of menstruation and relieves the associated symptoms. It is an emmenagogue, which means that it can open up obstructed menses to make the most feminine of processes work smoothly and comfortably.
Fenugreek seeds benefits for Blood Sugar Level
Methi seeds benefits in controlling the blood sugar level in the diabetic person as it has a natural soluble fibre known as the Galactomannan which has property to slow down the sugar absorption rate in the blood.
Methi seed benefits in curing the acid reflux (heartburn) as it has mucilage which covers the stomach and intestinal linings and soothes the irritated tissues of the gastrointestinal tract. Regular consumption of 1 tsp soaked methi seeds in water provide more relief as the soaking process makes its outer coating mucilaginous.
Skin benefits of Fenugreek seeds (Methi)
Methi/fenugreek seeds lighten skin tone, and make your appearance brighter and better. A face pack prepared out of methi seeds by using methi paste, methi soaked water, gram flour, and curd exfoliates the skin and removes dark circles. It also tones and cleanses the skin while simultaneously treating sun damages.
Fenugreek seeds prevent outbreaks and are effective in blackhead treatment. It flushes the toxins accumulated underneath the epidermis layer and erases the irregularity of the skin. Prepare a paste of methi seeds and add honey to it. Apply the paste on your pimples at night and wash it off in the morning with lukewarm water.
Helps reduces scars
Fenugreek contains anti-inflammatory compounds that aid in the treatment of various skin problems like burns, boils, scars and eczema. All you need to do is apply a clean cloth soaked in methi seed paste to fight skin inflammation.
Hair benefits of Fenugreek seeds (Methi )
Relief from Dandruff
Applying methi powder paste (using water) directly on the scalp for an hour provides relief from the severe dandruff problem.
Combat hair loss
Fenugreek seeds benefits in strengthening hair roots and reconstructing the damaged hair follicles. Prepare a paste of methi seeds and add one tbsp of coconut or olive oil to two tbsp of the paste. Now apply the paste and let it form a mask. Leave it till the time it dries up, and then wash it off. Continue the process for 2-3 weeks.
Dry and Itchy Scalp
Applying methi powder mixed with cider vinegar for 30 mins on the scalp provides relief from the dandruff, dry and itchy scalp.