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15 Nutritional and Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek Seeds- A Natural Herb:

In India people are more inclined to looking for medicinal remedies for their problems in their own kitchen. These home bound remedies are cost effective and also have no side effects. One such herb with immensely useful medicinal properties is fenugreek seed. It is easily available in almost every kitchen and is absolutely inexpensive. Wait till you have a glance at the benefits it can provide.

What is Fenugreek?

Fenugreek is a plant. The scientific name of this plant is Trigonella foenum-graecum. This plant has green leaves and small pods that contain golden brown seeds. These are what we call as fenugreek seeds. It has been used as medicine in ancient Chinese culture to remedy skin and hair problems. It has also been used as a home spice for its various health benefits.

Nutrition Facts about Fenugreek Seeds:

A table spoonful of Fenugreek Seeds contains around the following amount of nutrients:

Calories: 35

Protein: 3 Grams

Fiber: 3 Grams

Carbohydrates: 6 Grams

Iron: Around 20% of your daily requirement

Manganese: 7% of daily requirement

Magnesium: 5% of your daily requirement

Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds:

1. Fenugreek Seeds for Breast Milk:

Breast Milk is the only source of energy for new borns. It is recommended that infants until the age of 6 months should not consume anything apart from mother’s milk. But due to a few circumstances, the mother may not be able to produce adequate milk for a fulfilling consumption of the child. While there are various drugs available to treat this problem, fenugreek seeds are the best natural remedy for this problem. Consuming fenugreek tea is known to have increased the amount of breast milk in lactating mothers.

Just boil the tea spoon of fenugreek seeds in hot water for 5 minutes. Now consume this tea with some honey added to it. This will enhance the body’s capacity to produce milk and keep your child satiated for a long time.

2. Effects of Fenugreek on Testosterone Levels:

Feungreek Seeds enhance testosterone levels in men. This is a hormone that is responsible for libido and sexual performance in men. Men who have consumed fenugreek seeds have shown signs of improved sexual function compared to those who do not consume it.

3. Help control Blood Sugar Levels and Diabetes:

Soak a tea spoon of fenugreek seeds in water and let it stay overnight. Next morning, boil this water for about 2 minutes and drink this water. This concoction helps improve type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Fenugreek seeds improve insulin function. They are also very high in fiber content which could be responsible for keeping diabetes under control.

4. Fenugreek Seeds Help Weight Loss:

Fenugreek Seeds improve digestion and enhances the rate of metabolism of food. This may be again attributed to the presence of fiber content in the seeds. Fiber improves the gut system by enabling efficient excretion of toxic substance from the body. The seeds also reduce the fats in our body thus cutting down on the excess bodily fat and keeping your weight under control.

5. Fenugreek Seeds have Anti-Inflammatory properties:

The seeds prevent inflammation in your body thus cutting down on the muscle and joint pain in the body. Inflammation is responsible for various diseases and muscular pains. However, there still needs to be more research of this quality of these seeds.

6. Skin Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds:

The seeds have anti-ageing properties. They prevent formation of fine lines which can make you look old. You can make a face pack of the seeds. Just soak the seeds overnight and next day blend the soft seeds with yogurt. Apply this pack on your face. Keep this for 30 minutes and wash it with cold water. When fenugreek seeds are soaked they germinate. They fight with the free radicals of the skin. the yogurt moisturizes the skin. Look up the list of DIY masks for more such tips!

7. Fenugreek Seeds Cure Acne:

You can apply the same pack to your face to cure your skin from unwanted oil and bacteria from your skin. This enables you to get rid off the appearance of problem of acne. The seeds have anti-bacterial qualities that fight the dirt and bacteria from your face.

8. Prevention of Hair Loss:

Hair growth requires protein. We have seen that fenugreek seeds have protein content. All you have to do is just soak fenugreek seeds in your regular coconut oil and store it in air tight container for about 4 weeks. The nutrients will pass from the seeds to the oil. Application of this oil will strengthen your hair and also enhance the growth.

9. Fenugreek Seeds gives you Lustrous Hair:

These seeds contain Lecithin which is an emulsifying substance. When the seeds are soaked in water, they produce a slippery substances which imparts shine to your hair. You need to soak fenugreek seeds in hot water overnight. Next day, blend the slimy seeds into a paste. apply this mixture to your hair and scalp and wash your hair after 30 minutes. You will notice the changes in your hair after a few uses. You may apply this paste 4 times in a month which makes it applicable around once a week.

10. They prevent Premature Graying:

Fenugreek seeds have a quality of retaining the hair pigment. Losing this pigment causes hair graying. The pigment is preserved due to application of fenugreek seeds. You may either apply fenugreek oil or paste to have black, thick and shining hair all together.

11. Reduces the Cholesterol Levels:

Heart attack is caused due to blockage of arteries that carry blood. These may get clogged due to high cholesterol levels. Fenugreek Seeds avoid the formation of cholesterol inside the walls of the arteries. Thus, it reduces the cholesterol levels from the blood.

12. Prevents Heart Attack Problems:

Fenugreek seeds prevent further damage to the heart and counteract the oxidative stress that occurs during a heart attack. Also because the cholesterol levels are kept in control, the problem of heart attack due to clogging is also avoided.

12. Aids Digestion:

Fenugreek Seeds contain fiber which aids better digestion through your system. It is an effective treatment for gastritis and indigestion. It helps prevent constipation as well as digestive problems created by stomach ulcers. This is because it is a natural digestive tonic, and its lubricating properties help soothe your stomach and intestines. Now you know what to get back to while you’re suffering from any of the gastrointestinal problems.

13. Healthy Liver and Kidneys:

Your liver and kidney will become healthier. This is due to elevation toxins from your body. The polyphenolic flavonoids help in maintaining the good health of cells by forming membrane around the cells.

14. Relieves the Pain Caused due to Arthritis:

The arthritis pain majorly strikes the joints of our body. Generally people start to experience this problem after the age of 45 years and is a trouble maker for most people in their old age. Having water that has fenugreek seeds rested in it over night can help to reduce this pain. This is because of the quality of the seeds to combat inflammation in your body.

15. Relieves Menstrual Cramps:

The analgesic properties combined with anti-inflammatory action of fenugreek seed powder have found to be alleviating the symptoms of menstrual cramps like nausea, headache and also stomach ache. Just take a wrist full of seeds and grind it into  powder. Gulp down 1 teaspoon of this powder before and during your menstrual cycles to get some relief from the pain.

These Seeds have various versatile uses and can improve both your health and beauty if used. You may want to start doing one of those things mentioned above to bring improvements in you health and beauty soon.

Shabnam Vandeliwala

Venturing into writing is my second most admired hobby after litigating in courts. An advocate by profession, writing gives me immense sense of satisfaction especially in the time that I'm free from other work.

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