When it comes about Health, several herbs, fruits, vegetables, pulses etc comes to our mind. One of the most common herb, spice and vegetable we use in our daily lives is “Fenugreek”. It has multiple uses with their respective benefits. Here, our concerned topic will be the Health benefits of Fenugreek. So, lets proceed-
Appearance of Fenugreek:-
Fenugreek is an annual plant/herb which is a well-known leafy vegetable. It is Nature’s gift boon to mankind and its regular use will help keep the body healthy. This very herb cum plant is native to southern Europe and Asia, is an erect annual herb with white flowers and hard, yellowish brown and angular seeds. It bears small-balloon shaped, light green leaves; sized to 2-2.5 cm which give a pungent and aromatic flavor. It can be grown in kitchen gardens, backyards, fields, gardens, in pots etc like this. It grows well in loamy-black soil.
Varieties of Fenugreek:-
There are two popular varieties of fenugreek known as Kasuri Methi or Champa Methi; and Marwari Methi. Both the varieties are scented and recommended for cultivation.
Nomenclature of Fenugreek:-
English name– Fenugreek
Hindi name– Methi
Family name– Fabaceae
Botanical name– Trigonella foenum-graecum
Uses of Fenugreek:-
There are multiple uses of Fenugreek, some of them are listed below-
- A well-known flat-bread called “Methi ke parathe“ is prepared using Fenugreek leaves.
- Fenugreek is even used as a condiment to prepare snack items.
- Dried leaves of the fenugreek are used for flavouring meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
- Seeds of fenugreek are also used as a cosmetic item; like in face packs, hair masks and many more.
- Fenugreek seeds and leaves are also used as an ingredient in herbal tea.
- The seeds are sprouted and taken as a snack item or cooked.
- The green leaves are used to prepare curry called ‘saag‘; or also used to cook different curry items.
Nutrition in Fenugreek:-
Well, if a small herb can be so beneficial then of course, it must be having a big list of nutritive items in it. Have a look on following-
- folic acid
- Vitamins A, B6, and C
- Dietary fibres
- Saturated fats
Now, let’s move to our concerned point which is ‘Health benefits of Fenugreek’. You will be amazed by its properties-
10 Health benefits of Fenugreek:-
1. Treats Dandruff-
Seeds of Fenugreek works really well to cure dandruff and itchy scalp. It is anti-fungal and anti-microbial in nature. Take 1/2 cup of fenugreek seeds and soak them for overnight. Next morning grind the seeds and add curd 1/2 lemon to it. Mix well and apply on scalp. It will take 20-30 minutes for drying; rinse it and shampoo your hair. In 2-3 uses it will remove dandruff and will make your hairs strong, shiny and lustrous. You can use it as a hair mask for twice a month. Using fenugreek as a part of your diet or as a paste to directly apply on your hair makes your hair shiny and black.
2. Helpful in Anaemia-
The leaves of fenugreek is rich in Iron thus helps in blood formation. The cooked leaves are extremely useful to cure anaemia in adolescent girls and run down condition which is generally associated with the onset of puberty and sudden spurt of growth. The seeds of fenugreek must be included in food for better results. Apart from Iron, it is also rich in zinc, sodium, potassium and certain other trace minerals which are really good for health.
3. Increases the size of breasts-
The oestrogen-like property of fenugreek can help in breast enlargement by balancing hormones in women. One should include ample mount of fenugreek in her daily diet. A medicated oil cooked with fenugreek seeds are also good for breast size enhancer. Apart from this, it also helps to increases the milk production. So, fenugreek is a good thing for nursing mothers.
4. Cures Diabetes–
Fenugreek seeds have been found highly effective in the treatment of diabetes. According to a recent report brought out by the Indian Council of Medical Research, as quoted by Press Trust of India, Fenugreek seeds when given in varying doses of 25 grams to 100 grams daily, diminish reactive hyperglycaemia in diabetic patients. It level of glucose also reduces when the seeds are consumed. Because galactomannan, a natural soluble fibre present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood. Thus, a diabetic patient should include fenugreek in its daily diet to balance the sugar level.
5. Cures Halitosis:-
Halitosis which is characterized by foul smell from mouth can be naturally cured with the use of fenugreek. One should take herbal tea prepared with fenugreek. The unpleasant odour occurring from mouth, can be due to several reasons; lack of nourishment, gum decay, cavity, any kind of disease, lack of personal hygiene and many more. The fenugreek tea taken regularly will help remove these accumulations from such spots where mouth wash and soap can never penetrate.
6. Strengthens the Digestive system-
Digestive system is the system which is responsible for the digestion of ingested food stuffs. Guess what will happen if this system gets feverish? It will be much painful than cancers itself. Liver is recognized as one of the most important parts of Digestive system. Fenugreek leaves are highly beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence and sluggish liver. They help in the healing of mouth ulcers. The seeds are also useful in the treatment of colic, flatulence, dysentery, dyspepsia and diarrhoea.
7. Helps to treat Urinary disorders-
There are multiple kinds of urinary disorders; but mostly the cause remains the same bacterial infection or yeast one. These diseases can be minor as well as major. In allopath, there are several medications and surgery processes but they are quite unsatisfactory and not affordable by everyone. Fenugreek leaves are very good to treat diseases like kidney infections, painful urination and many more. Include fresh fenugreek leaves in your daily diet; you can also boil the leaves in water; strain it and drink the water.
A kind of pungent and fenugreek kind of smell will be felt in urination. With the regular intake of these leaves, the infection will be erased.
8. Helpful in Sore throat-
Sore throat is mostly seen during monsoons or during climatic changes. The gargle made from fenugreek seeds is the best for ordinary sore throat. Repeat this process for, twice to thrice a day; if chronic. When preparing a gargle, the solution should be much stronger than a tea. 2 tablespoonfuls of fenugreek seeds should be put into a quart of cold water and allowed to simmer for 30 minutes over a low flame. After getting cool to a bearable temperature; strain the entire solution and gargle with this.
9. Aids in Body odour-
6 out of 10 are suffering from body odour. This case gets much chronic during summer seasons. In society, this thing makes one ashamed and nobody wants to enjoy the company of that person. Deodorants, roll-ons, perfumes etc works for a while and after that disappears leaving you with foul smell. Actually, there can be many reasons for this like obesity, lack of personal hygiene, blockage of skin pores, skin infections and many more. Now, using fenugreek you can skip out with this condition.
Make a fine powder of fenugreek seeds; immerse it in water for few minutes and use as a body scrub. You can also mix solution of fenugreek leaves and water in your regular bathing water. Apart from that opt to fenugreek leaves in your diet and daily tea too. All these procedures will help you to recover soon with body odour condition.
10. Lowers Blood cholesterol-
According to the studies, 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. These acts like a fat-cutter and also helps to remove blockages from heart arteries. For obese persons, fenugreek is like a miracle. This simple herb has multiple benefits and uses.
References- Herbal books by Dr. H.K Bakhru.
So, in this way we saw how this fenugreek can be so beneficial and helpful to cure different types of health problems. Its regular usage gifts you a fit and ailemt free body. Opt these green in your diet and live well!
She is a learner and health conscious person. She is always interested in seeking knowledge regarding Ayurveda, herbal medicine and Yoga to cure any health ailments naturally.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Medicine and interested in Naturopathy.