A beautiful green leaf with a distinct sweet smell fenugreek is actually one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants. Commonly known as Methi in Hindi, Menthulu in Telugu, Vendhayam in Tamil, Uluva in Malayalam, Menthe in Kannada, Meth in Punjabi, Methi Dane in Marathi and Methi in Bengali has made a permanent place for itself in many households. An Indian household cannot do without methi or fenugreek seeds and leaves. It is used in almost every Indian preparation be it dal, paratha or curry.
Nutritional Value of Fenugreek
It contains a wide variety of beneficial nutrients including iron, magnesium, manganeseand copper as well as vitamin B6, protein and dietary fiber. Fenugreek also contains a number of powerful phytonutrients including choline, trigonelline, yamogenin, gitogenin, diosgenin, tigogenin and neotigogens.
Few of the health benefits of fenugreek include relief from anemia, loss of taste, fever, dandruff, stomach disorders, biliousness, respiratory disorders, mouth ulcers, sore throat, diabetes, inflammations, wounds and insomnia. It is also beneficial post pregnancy in lactation and helps in improving digestion as well as in various hair care applications. It is also effective in reducing cholesterol levels and protect heart health while simultaneously boosting the immune system and protecting you against flu and plenty of infections.
- Have Anti-Aging Effects
- Cure Acne
- Moisturize Skin
- Prevent Hair Loss
- Add Shine
- Fight Dandruff
- Prevent Premature Graying
- Help Control Diabetes
- Prevent Heart Attacks
- Help Prevent Cancer
- Alleviate Menstrual Cramps
- Improve Breast Milk Production
- Reduce Cholesterol
- Help Reduce Pain Due To Arthritis
- Aid Digestion
- Help with Weight Loss
- Improve Kidney Function
- Protect The Liver
FENUGREEK SEEDS IN DIABETES MANAGEMENT
A fenugreek seed which is a source of soluble fiber contain Galactomannan an essential constituent that helps lower the rate of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. This in turn helps lower the blood glucose levels in people with diabetes and improves overall glucose tolerance. Besides this, fenugreek seeds also an unusual amino acid (4-hydroxyisleucine), having anti-diabetic properties such as enhancing insulin secretion under hyperglycemic conditions, and increasing insulin sensitivity, thus helping in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Research also indicates that the diosgenin in fenugreek may play an important part in inhibiting several types of cancer. Scientists demonstrated that fenugreek seed extract (FE) are cytotoxic in vitro to certain cancers, but not normal cells. Treatment with 10-15 ug/mL of FE for 72 hours inhibited the growth of breast, pancreatic and prostate cancer cell lines, at least in part due to induction of cell death. Researchers noted that fenugreek is one of many “dietary components” with therapeutic potential.
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