Fenugreek is a handy cure for many common illnesses. It has been an important ingredient in Ayurvedic and Siddha medicines. It is used as a general tonic in South India.
Fenugreek, commonly known in India as methi seeds, is native to the Middle East and is widely grown in South Asia. It is said to have been used widely in Greek cooking and that is why it has this name. It gives a tangy flavor to the dishes and good for general health. Though the fenugreek seeds and leaves are primarily used as a culinary spice, it is also used to treat a variety of health problems in Egypt, Greece, Italy, and in South Asian countries.
Ten health benefits of fenugreek
1) Fenugreek can enhance libido
Since fenugreek contains a substance called diogenin which is a compound that has properties similar to estrogen, it has been found to help increase libido and lessen the effect of hot flashes. It is found to increase libido and male potency. This also helps to reduce mood fluctuations that are common in women due to symptoms of menopause and PMS.
2) Heals reproductive disorders
Fenugreek is also known from ancient days for its treatment of reproductive disorders. It has been used to induce labor, to treat hormonal disorders, to help with breast enlargement, and to reduce menstrual pain.
3) Stimulates uterine contraction and helps easy delivery
Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions and can be helpful to induce labor process and childbirth. It is often used in many teas and other products that help balance women’s hormone secretion and it also helps enlarge the breasts. It also promotes lactation after delivery. Researches have revealed that breast milk production can increase by over 500 percent within 24 to 72 hours after consuming fenugreek.
4) Fenugreek the most effective controller of cholesterol
Recent studies have proved that fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Regular drinking of water boil with equal quantity of roasted fenugreek seeds and cumin several times a day promptly reduces cholesterol and blood pressure.
5) Remedy for diabetes
Ayurveda recommends fenugreek as a home remedy for treating diabetes of both type 1 and type 2. Consuming 500mg of fenugreek twice daily can keep diabetes in control. Put a table spoon of roasted fenugreek powder in water in the evening and keep it for the night. Drink it on the following morning in empty stomach regularly. This controls diabetes.
6) Remedy for skin problems
These tiny seeds can treat skin problems such as abscesses, boils, burns, eczema, skin inflammation and even gout. Application of fenugreek poultice pasted with warm water on the affected area is an effective treatment for skin disorders. Fenugreek seed products help prevent wrinkles, blackheads, pimples, dryness and rashes.
7) Instant remedy for stomach disorders
Fenugreek relieves hyper acidity and burning sensation in the stomach. Just chew some seeds with a little amount of cumin and you will feel the relief immediately. Fenugreek is rich in fiber content and is very good for solving stomach disorders. This rich fiber content makes it useful in treating constipation, by serving as a mild laxative.
8) Solves throat problems
Fenugreek relieves sore throat, throat pain, tonsillitis, cold and breathing difficulties. A lukewarm decoction of fenugreek with honey relieves cough without any side effect.
9) Fenugreek prevents hair loss
Fenugreek serves as a natural cosmetic. It prevents dandruff and strengthens hair. Application of fenugreek powder has been established as a remedy for preventing hair loss. This application on the hair makes it shiny and black.
10) An effective general tonic
Fenugreek seeds have been found to contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium and estrogen. They also contain active constituents such as alkaloids, lysine and steroidal saponins. Regular use of gruel prepared by boiling roasted fenugreek seeds and rice in water strengthens body and builds up vitality.