Fenugreek Health Benefits (Methi):
Introduction to Fenugreek:- Well, fenugreek is one of the wonderful spices/herb being used in medicines, dishes and natural home remedies for centuries. Fenugreek seeds and leaves are very beneficial treating some health benefits. Fenugreek seeds are also known as “Methi seeds” in India. This can be used in many forms like fenugreek tea, fenugreek powder, fenugreek water, fenugreek sprouts, fenugreek seeds, and fenugreek oil and fenugreek supplements. Fenugreek plant belongs to the family of “Fabaceae” and genus of “Trigonella”. Fenugreek seeds are small in size and these are a common ingredient in dishes from South Asia. Fenugreek seeds play major role in herbal health (Ayurvedic medicine). Home remedies of fenugreek seeds works very well for treating some of the health problems. In this article, let us discuss about fenugreek / methi health benefits and uses along with home remedies.
Fenugreek Seed Names in India:- Fenugreek (English Seeds), Methi Dana (Hindi), Vendhayam (Tamil), Uluva / Venthiam (Malayalam), Menthulu (Telugu), Menthe / Menthya (Kannada), Methi (Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya), Methi Dane / Methi (Marathi), Meth / Methi (Punjabi), Menthae (Tulu), Meeth (Kashmiri) and Methe (Urdu).
Health Benefits of Fenugreek:- The following are some of the health benefits of Fenugreek.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #1: It helps in removing body toxins.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #2: Fenugreek seeds or leaves (Methi) helps in treating digestive disorders such as indigestion and constipation.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #3: Fenugreek helps in relieving sore throat, cough and fiver.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #4: Fenugreek seeds help in relieving acidity or heartburn.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #5: As Fenugreek is good source of fibres saponins and mucilage; it helps in preventing from colon cancer.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #6: Fenugreek seeds are helpful in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) thus it prevents heart related problems and heart strokes.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #7: Fenugreek seeds are helpful in controlling blood pressure (BP) and heart rate since it is a good source of potassium.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #8: Regular consumption of Fenugreek seeds may help in treating bloating, stomach upsets and stomach inflammation problems.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #9: Fenugreek seeds are helpful in treating the kidney ailments. The problems those occur due to vitamin deficiencies like mouth ulcers, baldness, chronic coughs, chapped lips, boils, cellulitis, tuberculosis, bronchitis can be treated with these seeds.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #10: Fenugreek seeds are rich source of vitamins and phytochemicals.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #11: Fenugreek seeds are good source of antioxidant beta carotene properties which can reduce aging process (anti-aging) and prevent from memory loss (Alzheimer’s disease).
Fenugreek Health Benefits #12: Fenugreek seeds can be used against the roundworms and they are helpful in keeping insects away.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #13: When it comes to women’s health, Fenugreek seeds are very good at promoting breast milk production in lactating (Breast Feeding) women.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #14: When it comes to men’s’ health, Fenugreek seeds are helpful in treating various problems in men like hernia and others.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #15: When it comes to men’s’ health, Fenugreek seeds are helpful in treating various problems in men like hernia, Impotence.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #16: Fenugreek seeds may help in inducing and eases the child birth during labor. However excess intake should be avoided during pregnancy as it may result in pre-mature baby and may lead to miscarriage.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #17: Fenugreek seeds help in relieving from menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #18: Regular consumption of fenugreek seeds (or methi leaves) helps in treating iron deficiencies usually occur in most of the women.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #19: When Fenugreek seeds or its leaves are included in regular diet, enhances the breast enlargement in the women.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #20: Fenugreek seeds are best bet for diabetic patients. Regular consumption of these seeds or its leaves control blood sugar level and induces insulin production. Apart from this, fenugreek seeds help in reducing “high Triglycerides levels” in type-2 diabetes.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #21: Fenugreek seeds are very much useful for people who want to lose weight. Chewing the soaked fenugreek seeds with empty stomach in the early morning makes more effective in weight management due to the presence of fibres present in the seeds.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #22: Fenugreek seeds are very good for skin health. Scars, inflammation, boils, burns, eczema can be treated with the application of seeds paste. Methi seeds are also helpful in making skin shiny, fair and blemishes free.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #23: Fenugreek seeds have an excellent beauty benefits as well. Fenugreek seeds can be used on the face as a face pack in order to treat pimples, blackheads, scar and wrinkles on the face. The fenugreek seed extract is used in some of the cosmetics and herbal beauty products.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #24: For shiny and strong hair, fenugreek seeds or leaves can be consumed as part of the regular diet or its paste can be applied on the hair. Fenugreek seeds are very helpful in removing dandruff and treats hair thinning and hair fall. This is also great for reducing hair dryness. Fenugreek is good source of protein and nicotinic which promotes the hair growth.
Fenugreek Health Benefits #25: Fenugreek seed powder, fenugreek water, fenugreek tea can be used to treat various hair and skin problems.
Nutrition Facts of Fenugreek:- The following are nutritional facts of Fenugreek.
Serving Size = 100 grams.
Amount per Serving:
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 1 gram 2%
Saturated Fat 0 grams 0%
Trans Fat 0 grams 0%
Mono-saturated Fat 1 gram
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Potassium 240mg 7%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4 grams 1%
Dietary Fiber 3 grams 12%
Sugar 0 grams
Protein 4 grams 8%
Note: % Daily Values are based on a 2:000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Home Remedies with Fenugreek:- The following are some of the natural home remedies which can be prepared with Fenugreek seeds.
Fenugreek Home Remedies#1 – For Headache & Insomnia: 2 table spoon (tsp) of fresh fenugreek leaves juice along with 1 table spoon (tsp) honey should be taken daily.
Fenugreek Home Remedies#2 – For Constipation and Ulcers: Boiled fenugreek leaves (methi leaves) with honey should be taken.
Fenugreek Home Remedies#3 – For Pimples, Blackheads and Wrinkles on Face: Apply fenugreek leaf paste on face every night before falling into sleep. The paste should be washed off on next day morning with warm water.
Fenugreek Home Remedies#4 – For Skin problems, Sores and Wounds: Fresh Fenugreek leaves should be cooked with coconut milk and should be taken once a day for 3 to 4 days.
Fenugreek Home Remedies#5 – For Stomach disorders: Fresh boiled fenugreek leaves (methi leaves) should be eaten twice daily.
Fenugreek Home Remedies#6 – For Swelling, Boils: lukewarm fenugreek leaf paste should be applied on the affected area of the body.
Fenugreek Home Remedies#7 – For Sore throat and Mouth Ulcers: An infusion of fenugreek leaves should be gargled 5 times daily for couple of days relieving the symptoms.
Fenugreek Home Remedies#8 – For Hair Fall and Dandruff: Fresh fenugreek paste should be applied on the scalp before taking the bath.
How Much Fenugreek Seeds (Methi) should consume?: Well, anything in excess amounts is not good for health. Usually, daily dosage of fenugreek depends on the age, sex and body health condition. Fenugreek seeds should not be consumed more than 25 to 30 grams/day as it may lead to the serious health problems and side effects. Before using fenugreek seeds any form regularly, you must consult your physician or any health care facility. Avoid fenugreek seeds if you are on any medication or has any allergy problems.
Precautions / Side Effects of Using Fenugreek:- Though there are many health benefits of Fenugreek one should be careful before consuming as it has other side effects as well.
- Eating fenugreek seeds within limit orally is safe however; consumption in high amount may result in diarrhoea, bloating, stomach pain and gas.
- Fenugreek seed may result in wheezing, nasal blockage, facial swelling, coughing and allergy in the hypersensitive people.
- Fenugreek seed may lower the blood sugar levels. People already suffering from diabetes and taking medication should avoid consuming these seeds.
- Pregnant women should be careful as it may cause premature uterine contractions resulting in early labor.
- Consuming fenugreek seed is not safe for the kids (children) as it may result in the loss of consciousness.
- Sometimes fenugreek seeds may results in gastrointestinal bleeding which results black and tarry stools and vomiting of blood.
- Avoid fenugreek related items with the medications which slow the rate of blood clotting means anti-platelet drugs as it interacts with them and causes bruising and bleeding.
- When fenugreek tea consumed in large amounts may cause gastrointestinal discomforts, cause nausea, skin rashes and skin irritation.
- Fenugreek should be avoided if a person has any blood disorders as it increases the blood loss by interfering with the blood clotting.