Benefits of Fenugreek seeds ( Methi Dana)

Benefits of Fenugreek seeds ( Methi Dana)

By Reema Hingorani Madhian  on: 06 September 2015
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So, we all are aware of Fenugreek Seeds, Here are some benefits of fenugreek seeds:

  • Lowers blood cholesterol & Lowers LDL cholesterol

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.

  •  Reduces risk of heart disease

Due to the presence of galactomannan, fenugreek plays a key role in maintain your heart health. It also contains high amount of potassium that counters the action of sodium to help control heart rate and blood pressure.

  •  Controls blood sugar levels

Diabetic must include methi (either in the form of seeds or leaves) in their diet. Because galactomannan, a natural soluble fibre present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood. It also contains amino acid responsible for inducing the production of insulin. Thats why methi ladoo is good for diabetics

  •  Aids digestion

As fenugreek is rich in fibre and antioxidants, it helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and thus, aids digestion. In some cases, fenugreek tea is used to relieve indigestion and stomach pain. You can even drink fenugreek decoction early in the morning to deal with constipation

  •  Helps counter acidity or heartburn

One teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in your food can be an effective remedy for acidity. Mucilage of fenugreek seeds coat the lining of the stomach and intestine and soothe irritated gastrointestinal tissues. Before consuming, you can soak the methi seeds in water to make their outer coat mucilaginous.

  •  Helps you lose weight

Include fenugreek in your weight loss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. The natural soluble fibre in the fenugreek can swell and fill the stomach thereby suppressing your appetite and aiding your weight loss

  •  Remedy for sore throat

Fenugreek when taken with a teaspoon of lemon and honey can work wonders to reduce fever by nourishing the body. The soothing effect of mucilage in fenugreek also helps to relieve cough and pain from sore throat.

  •  Increases breast milk production in lactating women

Fenugreek ranks high among the ‘must haves’ for nursing mothers. This is due to the presence of diosgenin in the spice which increases milk production in lactating mothers.

  •  Helps reduce menstrual discomfort

Fenugreek contains compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones with oestrogen-like properties which help reduce symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps associated with PMS.. Women are more prone to iron deficiency during adolescence (initiation of menstrual periods), during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Including green leafy veggies like fenugreek (methi) in your diet can supply a good amount of iron. But make sure to add tomatoes or potatoes to the preparations to enhance the iron absorption.

  • Helps prevent colon cancer

The fibre content (saponins, mucilage, etc.) of fenugreek binds to toxins in the food and flush them out. This in turn helps to protect the mucus membrane of the colon from cancer.

  •  Helps soothe skin inflammation and reduces scars

While Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, fenugreek also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that aid in the treatment of various skin problems like burns, boils and eczema. The seeds are known to help in getting rid of scars. All you need to do is apply a clean cloth soaked in methi seed paste to fight skin inflammation.

  •  Helps treat skin problems

Fenugreek or methi can be used in face packs to help prevent blackheads, pimples, wrinkles, etc. Washing your face with water boiled with fenugreek seeds or applying a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves for twenty minutes on your face can work wonders for your skin.

  •  Can help resolve hair problems

Using fenugreek as a part of your diet or as a paste to directly apply on your hair makes your hair shiny and black. Massaging your head everyday with boiled fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in coconut oil can be an excellent remedy for thinning of hair and hair fall. 

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Dietitian Reema Madhian winner of title 'Best Dietitian in Delhi / NCR' at the Global Lifestyle Awards 2015 . Dt Reema is an eminent and well known Health and wellness consultant in Noida with over 24 years of experience in Nutrition and wellness industry.She applies the holistic approach to nutrition,weight and health management ,while incorporating correction to address specific problem to obesity,nutritional imbalances and dietary irregularities, she offers scientifically designed program based on individual needs and individual body types as every person is different and the effect of food on each person varies accordingly.She has headed various VLCC weightt loss clinics in Noida and has extensive experience in handling people who want to lose weight and who want to get rid of therapeutic problems like thyroid ,diabeties,PCOD etc.Dietitian Reema Madhian is running her own weight loss diet clinics in Sec 27, Noida & in sec110, Noida 
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