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Natural home remedy - Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a leafy vegetable with excellent health benefits. It is used as a herb, spice and a vegetable. It is used in ayurvedic medicine as a laxative and to stimulate lactation. It has anti-inflammatory, expectorant and hepatoprotective (ability to prevent damage to the liver) qualities. It is highly beneficial for indigestion, sore throat, anaemia and stomach disorders. Its main contituents are lysine, flavonoids, saponins and coumarin. It is also very rich in dietary fibre. The herb can be used both internally and externally.

Botanical Name - Trigonella foenum-graecum
Common Name - Fenugreek
Hindi - Methi
Sanskrit - Medhika, Chandrika
Tamil - Vendhyam

Health benefits of Fenugreek Leaves

Fenugreek leaves health benefits and home remedies
Fenugreek Leaves

Fenugreek is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and a good source of Iron and vitamin C. Steaming is considered the best way of cooking this herb, as all the vitamins are retained. The protein content in dried fenugreek leaves is almost equal to that in pulses. The leaves are said to be cooling. They are very beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence and sluggish liver. Fenugreek leaves help treat mouth ulcers. The leaves also help in the formation of blood. The leaves, being rich in iron, are very beneficial for anaemia.

Fenugreek Leaves Home Remedies

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Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek Seeds health benefits and home remedies
Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds have phenomenal health benefits and medicinal properties. They are demulcent, diuretic, carminative and great cleansers of the body. They are highly mucus solvent. According to the website mskcc.org, fenugreek exhibits hypocholesteromic, hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic activity in healthy and diabetic animals and humans.

Fenugreek Health Benefits for Diabetes

Fenugreek has been tested, and has been found very effective in the treatment of diabetes. According to a report published by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), a fenugreek diet significantly reduced fasting blood sugar and improved the glucose tolerance test. There was a 54 per cent reduction in 24-h urinary glucose excretion. Thus, fenugreek seeds help in the management of diabetes.

Galactagogue health benefits of Fenugreek

In India, Trigonella foenum graecum (fenugreek) is used medicinally as a galactagogue by nursing mothers to increase the supply of breast milk, when inadequate. Studies have shown that the use of fenugreek increased milk production by as much as 900 per cent.

Fenugreek Health Benefits for the Heart

Fibre and saponin, found in fenugreek helps reduce gastrointestinal glucose and cholesterol absorption and increases bile secretion. Raw fenugreek seeds have a beneficial effect on elevated serum cholesterol. Studies have shown that it reduces serum total cholesterol LDL/VLDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Hypocholesterolemic of germinated fenugreek seeds in human subjects

Fenugreek Health Benefits for Stomach Disorders

Fenugreek soothes inflammed stomach and intestines. It cleanses it off excess mucus. Fenugreek seeds deposits a mild gum like lubricant material, as it passes through the stomach and intestines, providing a protective shell for ulcers. Hence it is very beneficial in the healing of peptic ulcers.

Other Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds tea helps in the early stages of respiratory disorders like bronchitis, influenza and sinusities. Fenugreek seed tea is said to be equal in value to quinine for reducing fevers. The seeds help the body to perspire and dispel toxins. The fenugreek seeds help restore deadened sense of smell and taste.

Fenugreek Seeds Home Remedies

Fenugreek seeds can be used to make a tea, which is useful as a home remedy for many ailments. How to make fenugreek seed tea? Boil one cup of water. Once the water has boiled, take it off the stove and add one tsp of fenugreek seeds to the water. Let it steep for about half an hour. Strain the tea and drink.

How to Sprout Fenugreek Seeds

Methi Sprouts health benefits and home remedies
Methi Sprouts

Soak a handful of seeds in a bowl of water, for ten to twelve hours. Drain the soaked water and rinse thoroughly. Keep in a sieve, as excess water will get drained. Keep the seeds moist by sprinkling water on it every six hours or so. Do this for 3 days. Refrigerate the sprouts and use when required.