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FENUGREEK: THE BITTER MIRACLE WORKER

Updated: Aug 5

Fenugreek seeds are widely used in Indian cuisines as they are aromatic and beneficial for health. Fenugreek seeds are bitter but are widely used in cooking as they are therapeutic. These seeds are also used for medicinal purposes as it is believed that they help in easing cramps and other sicknesses.

There are two ways to consume fenugreek:

  1. In the form of seeds

  2. In the form of leaves

There are many health benefits of fenugreek and some of it is explained below:


TO ENHANCE MILK PRODUCTION IN NEW MOTHERS:

  1. Fenugreek contains natural galactagogue, which assists in increasing breast milk production in lactating mothers.

How to consume fenugreek to increase breast milk production:

  1. Chewing seeds (you can eat the seeds after soaking them in water as they get soft and are less bitter)

  2. Fenugreek sprouts (after soaking the seeds in lukewarm water for some days and sieve them after they sprout and you can consume them in the form of salads)

  3. Fenugreek tea (you can consume in the form of tea and can add honey to make it a bit sweet)

  4. Capsules (they are commonly sold in the form of capsules but one should consume after consulting a doctor)

"FENUGREEK SHOULD BE STRICTLY AVOIDED DURING PREGNANCY AS IT MAY INDUCE URINE CONTRACTIONS".


MAINTAINS BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS:

  1. The fenugreek seeds contain fibres and some chemicals than can help in slowing the digestion and the absorption of carbs and sugar in the body.

  2. A study found that the regular dosage of 10gms of fenugreek seeds soaked in hot water may help in controlling Type 2 Diabetes.

  3. Another study proposed that eating baked goods, such as breads, rotis made with fenugreek flour as it may aid in reducing insulin resistance in people with Type 2 Diabetes.

TO BOOST LIBIDO:

  1. Libido is the person’s sexual desire for sexual activity and it is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors.

  2. Fenugreek seeds are rich in a compound known as saponin and a common saponin known as diosgenin is found in fenugreek seeds.

  3. The diosgenin affects on the production numbers of sex hormones.

  4. The use of fenugreek seeds to boost libido is in practice since ancient times.


TO SOOTHE SKIN INFLAMMATION OR INJURY:

  1. Fenugreek has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

  2. Its consumption is highly beneficial for people dealing with arthritis as it aids in reducing the inflammation.

  3. Fenugreek also helps in reducing dark spots, skin pigmentation, acne, sunburn when used as a face mask.


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