Benefits of fenugreek seeds. #FlavoursomeTuesday

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:

Aaccording 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.

Using 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!

Love,

SHILPA…

BENEFITS AND USES OF FENUGREEK SEEDS

FlavoursomeTuesdays

#FlavoursomeTuesdays is all about FOOD. My friend, Sunita Rajwade of Bellybytes came up with this brilliant idea of sharing food posts on our blogs every first Tuesday of the month. Food is a topic everyone can bond over. We all could do with some flavoursome talks, isn’t it?

So, do share your foodie posts, memories about food, recipes, restaurant reviews, food pictures, posts on nutrition…anything that has FOOD as its focus. Oh, and do add the above badge on your post along with the hashtag #FlavoursomeTuesdays and share the word on social media!

Thank you!

Looking forward to some lip-smacking posts this week!

Bon Appetit!

 

45 Replies to “Benefits of fenugreek seeds. #FlavoursomeTuesday”

      1. I was waiting for your post to give live to join the linky. 🙂

        I love fenugreek seeds. Use it daily in my tadka. If one allows the seeds to soak in the dal for 10-15 minutes then the seeds become palatable to eat. I also make sprouts of methi sometimes and add it to alu for a quick sabzi. Methi sabzi is a favourite at my home. And methi is great for lactating moms too. 🙂 I ate so much methi when I was nursing the kids. It truly is a wonder spice. Makes me marvel at the wisdom of our ancestors. Loved your post.

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      2. Yes, Rachna. Our ancestors know way more than we do now, especially about household remedies for ailments of all sorts!

        Thanks for joining us, Rachna! ❤

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  1. Great post, Shilpa! I cannot agree more about how useful methi is! We include methi leaves in our diet almost every week and the methi powder is sprinkled on our curries, which not only add to the taste but also make it nutritious. Being a diabetic, Jay used to have the seeds soaked overnight for many years, and I know how beneficial it is even for those without Diabetes. Methi parathas are a favourite with the kid and the hubby…made them just yesterday. Thankfully, in Bangalore we get these fresh leaves all the year round. Not sure how it is in other cities.

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  2. Well, I did know that fenugreek seeds were good for reducing cholesterol, weight loss & digestive purposes. But wow! The other benefits are really enticing to make me try methi seeds the new way.

    Did you know that we make a Dosa variety of which fenugreek seeds are a major constituent (along the Southern coast)? We call it ‘methi pole/dosa’ & it’s really delicious. I shall share the recipe on my blog sometime. I guess, the old people knew about the goodness of this underrated grain.

    I really loved this, Shilpa & I’m going to try that face pack too!

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  3. Sometimes there are things which you kind of know of but somehow they seep deeper into the mind space and become forgotten, almost. Fenugreek is one such thing. I have known about soaking it overnight and to drink that water along with fenugreek seeds in the morning but then I have not done in many years. This post has jolted me out. I will soak the seeds in the water tonight. This will help me in reducing the water retention in my body. Also, I will do the coconut oil + fenugreek seeds preparation. I am experiencing hair fall off late. Thanks for doing this post, Shilpa.

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    1. Yeah, Anu. We know stuff, but we often just let it be. Is it the busy life or our laziness, I wonder? 😛

      I need to make more use of methi, myself. Especially for my hair. Me too loads of hair fall! 😦

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  4. That’s a very informative post Shilpa. Thanks for reviving all the information and adding on some new ones. I’m going to right away soak some methi seeds for my salad sprouts 😊
    And yes I do use it in my homemade hair oil of coconut oil, curry leaves, onion and garlic- Mayuri’s Miracle oil recipe.

    Linking up with you and Sunita soon.

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    1. Hey, I have read about this miracle oil on MAyuri’s blog, too. I have been meaning to prepare it, myself. Will try and do it soon. I have been losing so much hair of late! 😦

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      1. Smells like South Indian spices and I love it. 😄 But there is a remedy – add few drops of any essential oil if you don’t like the smell. Bingo you are good to go!

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  5. I love ‘methi che ladoo’ a lot! Every winter, I do make them. Thankfully, other than my better half, no one in the household love to it them. So I end up having all for myself…better half is always flying…Hahaha!
    I will try methi seeds + cocnut oil for sure Shilpa. Thanks for sharing.
    I could not locate the linky to submit my post. Hence leaving my post url here.
    https://canvaswithrainbow.com/one-too-many/

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    1. I love methi che ladoo, too! I need to learn to prepare it.THat will be much better. 🙂

      I could not include the Linky to my post due to some technical problem. But, Sunita has the Linky on her post. But, I will check out your post right away!

      Thank you for joining us! ❤

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  6. I asked my husband (the family cook) about fenugreek. It’s not used in the cuisine he grew up with (Italian). We haven’t experimented much with Indian cooking but what interests me is that my husband has high cholesterol but can not take statins (he’s tried several, and, with all of them, has had the muscle pain side effect). It would be great to control that naturally. By the way, I put a link on Bellybytes’ blog and the post did not post (I fear having the link made it go to spam) I am not going to risk trying to put my link on your blog, but I did participate this month.

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  7. I knew about fenugreek’s link in reducing diabetes. Also it can be used to get rid of dandruff. You’ve given a galore of reasons to make fenugreek my favorite food item! Thank you for sharing, Shilpa.
    I know I’ve been saying this for a long time now, but I will join you for flavoursometuesday this time for sure. I have a post all written sitting in my draft since a couple of months now. Will link up tomorrow. Promise! 🙂

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  8. I knew about the soaking part and having in the morning plus the hair bit but the rest were new for me. Thanks for sharing this info Shilpz. I remember using methi Dana paste after coconut oil champion and that used to help hair growth.

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