Fenugreek, also known as Methi Dana, is a versatile plant with healing properties.
Its leaves can be used as a spice, in sauces, and for baking, while its seed can be grounded and used as a supplement or mixed with other herbs.
One tablespoon of fenugreek leaf contains a “storehouse” of calories, fat, fibre, protein, carbohydrate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6 and phosphorus.
For centuries, fenugreek has been used by breastfeeding mothers to increase breast milk supply.
If consumed in appropriate measure, here are four benefits of this popular Indian herb:
CONTROLS DIABETES AND BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Perhaps the strongest case for fenugreek is its ability to control blood sugar and the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Several clinical trials showed that fenugreek seeds can improve most metabolic symptoms associated with diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels and improving glucose tolerance.
BOOSTS LIBIDO IN OLDER MEN
Fenugreek has been investigated for its effects on sexual health and well-being due to a history of use by older men to improve sexual virility.
Bioactive compounds, including saponins and diosgenin, are present in the herb and increase the production of sex hormones, which usually decreases with age.
RELIEVES MENSTRUAL DISCOMFORT
Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for period pain— the most common gynecological disorder in women of menstruating age.
Fenugreek has properties similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which help it to relieve pain.
Powerful plant compounds in fenugreek like alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, cumarins and terpenoids help relieve pain.
Its antioxidant, antispasmodic and diuretic properties can help relieve premenstrual spasms experienced by many women.
Taking fenugreek can also help with mood swings and hot flashes usually experienced by older women.
AIDS DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Heartburn and acid reflux are common digestive issues that can be managed with the use of fenugreek, a direct-from-nature alternative to antacids and prescription medications.
Its seeds contain a soluble fibre called mucilage which coats the inner lining of the stomach and intestines and helps soothe inflammation that results in reflux, heartburn, indigestion and gastritis.
Next time you feel a bit bloated or are suffering from heartburn after a big meal, reach for a fenugreek seed powder and add to your food, water, juice or tea. Your stomach will be better for it.