Amazing health benefits and medicinal values of Fenugreek (Methi) seeds and leaves


The green and fresh Fenugreek (Methi) leaves are used to make Methi paratha and daal and its seeds are used to make the dish spicy but some of us are not aware of its nutritional benefits and amazing medicinal values. A few points of its uses and its side affects are discussed here..

Introduction

Methi/Fenugreek seeds provide human beings a lot of health benefits. Years together they are serving the mankind as medicinal, therapeutic and natural home remedies. The botanical studies reveal that it belongs to the Fabaceae family. We find them using very extensively in various dishes by our chefs and they accupy an important place in our kitchen. Popularly known as Methi in the Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Nepali, Venthayam in the Tamil, Menthya in the Kannada, Uluwa in the Malayalam, menthulu in the Telugu, Samudra Methi in the Maharashtra (Mumbai) and etc.

It is produced elsewhere in the world because of its medicinal values and extensive usage in food items. While India is the largest producer of the Fenugreek seeds in the world, it is also a common commodity in countries such as Iran, Spain, Argentina, Nepal, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, France, Bangladesh and Morocco. In India, its production is spreaded over the states viz., Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana with Rajasthan in a lion's share of production of 80% among all.


(Methi seeds - Photgraph taken by the author)

Some important health benefits of Fenugreek in a nut shell:

  1. The intake would help in improving our digestive functional system and checks the cholesterol levels and reduces the risk cardiovascular diseases. Those who suffer from indigestion, constipation and other digestive disorders can get a relief by using the Fenugreek soaked seeds and leaves in different form of food.
  2. Methi seeds help in checking acidity problem and serve as mucilage covering the stomach and intestinal linings and serve as a soothing balm for the the irritated tissues of the gastrointestinal tract. Thus it removes the body toxins and protects the colon mucus membrane from cancers. To get such relief consume 1 teaspoon full soaked Fenugreek seeds in water.
  3. Very often used as a home remedy to promote Milk flow in Breastfeeding
  4. It also controls the inflammation Inside the Body.
  5. Soaked Fenugreeks are pasted and applied to hair for controlling dandruff and checking the hair fall. It is also used as a medicine for mouth ulcers, sore throat, inflammations, wounds and insomnia.
  6. Loss of taste, fever,stomach disorders, biliousness, respiratory disorders and diabetes can also be controlled by regular intake of Methi leaves (Fenugreek leaves) as a food item. It is generally used as a dish as fry curry or mixed with daal so that it could be tasty to consume.
  7. These seeds help in controlling the heart rate as well as blood pressure due to the presence of electrolyte potassium which counters with the sodium levels.
  8. The usage of these seeds help women at the time of menstruation giving relief from the discomfort and menstrual cramps by acting as an estrogen hormone.
  9. The common problems faced by the women after reaching certain age like menopausal symptoms including anxiety, dizziness, insomnia, hot flashes, mood variations etc., can be checked by regular intake of the Fenugreek seeds/leaves in various forms of food.


(Methi leaves - Photgraph taken by the author)

Serves as good medicine for Migraine headache

Apply the paste of soaked Fenugreek seeds to the head continuously for a period of two to three weeks and watch the result. before going to bed, get it applied and have a peaceful sleep. Have a regular hair bath in the morning. If you are suffering from a severe Migraine, it would serve as balm and controls the pain and dizziness.

It also serves as a conditioner to the hair and controls dandruff. But apply the paste, one hour before you take bath and make it a habit of doing regularly on weekly basis.

The Side effects

  • Its extensive usage may cause gastrointestinal bleeding. Take care, this results in black and tarry stools and vomiting of blood.
  • Sometime we find people with wheezing, nasal blockage, facial swelling, coughing and allergy due to their insensitivity to its presence in food. Just check whether it suits them or not.
  • People suffering from diabetes and under medication are vulnerable for blood sugar going too low as the usage of Methi seeds would interact with the medicine as an antibiotic drug and cause hypoglycemia
  • Consumption of Fenugreek seeds orally has some side effects like diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain, gas and odour in the urine. It should be taken very limited or soaked seeds is always preferred.

  • Sum up

    It would be beneficial for everyone, if we start taking the Methi leaves as a food item at regular intervals and not just as a medicine for something. For that matter, any such food stuff should be added to our diet chart such that it would be a food supplement for promoting of health and adds nutritional content to it. application of the paste of the Fenugreek seeds would enrich our hair growth and serves as anti-dandruff and just try for a positive result!


    Article by Jagdish Patro
    Jagdish Patro is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to ISC and other websites. Fond of reading books, novels and spends his leisure time by listening to music. He did his B.Sc in Applied Chemistry and his M.Sc in Resource Development Technology. He edited and published an in-house monthly journal by name ‘Srujana’ during 2009-2011 which was totally a private circulation.

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