I discovered the goodness of fenugreek seeds some time back while experimenting with hair masks. I had heard about how fenugreek, or methi, could help combat hair fall and add shine to dull, lustreless hair.
I ground some methi seeds and added the powder to the henna that I applied to my hair. That’s one benefit of using henna instead of chemical colours! Okay, I digress.
So, after a couple of hours, I washed my hair, oiled it after it had dried and left it at that. The next day, after the hair wash, I noticed my hair fell significantly less while combing. And, that’s when I realised it had been the magic of the fenugreek powder I had added to the henna.
Fenugreek seeds not only benefit our hair, but also our skin. However, it’s how these little ochre yellow gems help our body from within that matters to me the most.
Hubby was diagnosed with diabetes. His cholesterol levels had shot up, too. The LDL levels–the Bad cholesterol– that need to be kept under control had risen at an unhealthy level. Prescription drugs do the needful in bringing down the sugar and cholesterol levels, no doubt, but, how long does one depend on them?
So, I researched into the benefits of fenugreek that I had heard/read about and have made it a part of our daily diet. These seeds aren’t really great to taste. But, there are always alternatives one can work on to make something a priority for one’s health.
So, listing below, the benefits of fenugreek and also how one can include these seeds in one’s daily diet program.
Benefits of fenugreek:
Helps control diabetes:
Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fibre which slows down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates resulting in the lowering of blood sugar.
Helps lower the bad cholesterol:
According to studies, the flavonoids in fenugreek prevent the absorption of cholesterol.Now, frankly, as long as fenugreek helps bring down the bad cholesterol level, I don’t want to bother how it manages to do so. For as I said, I graduated in Arts, so the scientific angle of these studies won’t make sense to me as much as how the foodstuff helps our bodies!
Helps reduce arthritic pain:
The anti-inflammatory properties of fenugreek help alleviate the pain that one suffers from due to arthritis. That’s another reason I have begun having these seeds, too. The aches and pains in the joints need to GO!
Helps in weight loss:
Being rich in soluble fibre, fenugreek helps in digestion and weight loss. It helps fight constipation, too.
Act as vitamin & mineral supplement:
Fenugreek leaves contain Vitamin A, C and folic acid and are rich in calcium, potassium and iron. The seeds are rich in Vitamin K. So, instead of popping a multi-vitamin, why not chomp on a spoonful of fenugreek seeds every morning, or make the leaves a regular part of your diet?
Ways to include fenugreek in your daily diet:
You may soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and eat it the next morning on an empty stomach. But, make sure you eat just a teaspoonful. And, do drink a glassful of water after you have chewed the seeds well. Or, you can also sprout them and have a spoonful of the sprouted seeds every morning. The sprouted seeds taste much better than the soaked ones, which are rather slimy and bitter to taste.
Adding the seeds to vegetables or daal while tempering adds to not just the taste of the recipe, but also ups its nutritive value. And, if the bitter seeds find no takers at your dinner table, then you can always grind the seeds into powder and add the powder to your recipes!
You could also dry roast fenugreek seeds along with flax seeds to munch on. The crispy seeds give an awesome taste and also help in ways more than giving you fresh breath!
Using the fenugreek leaves for preparing parathas, theplas or sabji, is a common practice. But, you may also sprout the seeds and add them to your salads, or veggie recipes.
How to use fenugreek seeds for hair and skin:
Grind the seeds and add a spoonful to henna just before applying it to your hair. As I mentioned earlier, it not only arrests hair fall, but also adds shine to your hair.
Heat coconut oil in a pan and add some fenugreek seeds to it. Heat it till the oil changes colour. Once cool,store it in a bottle and apply this oil on a regular basis.
Using the powder in your face packs also helps in giving a well-moisturised skin. Add some to a tablespoon of yoghurt and apply it to the face for about 30 minutes. The slightly coarse texture of the powder helps in exfoliating your skin to get rid of the dead cells leaving your skin feeling smooth and pampered.
So, that’s all the information about fenugreek seeds that I have gathered and put to good use. Like all things natural, it takes time for the kind of results you expect. So, it’s best to follow the new regimen regularly and have patience. Do enquire with your doctor before you begin using the seeds, especially if you are on meds for your diabetes.
Do try it out for yourself and let me know your experience. Also, do share any more information you might have about these wonder seeds!
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