An Indian kitchen is incomplete without Fenugreek Seeds. It is used in almost every Indian preparation let it be dal, paratha, curry and many vegetarian dishes. Fenugreek seeds are strongly aromatic and flavourful. The seeds are bitter in taste, but lose their bitterness if lightly roasted. They are rich in Vitamins such as Thiamin, Folic acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamins A, B6, and C, and are a rich storehouse of many minerals such as Copper, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, and Magnesium. Fenugreek leaves are a rich source of Vitamin K as well.
Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds:
Fenugreek seeds play an important role in weight loss by suppressing appetite. Soak fenugreek seeds overnight & in the morning empty stomach have it with a glass of water. The fibre present in seeds, swells up inside and gives a feeling fullness. Thereby helps you in managing weight.
Resolves Hair Problems
Fenugreek seeds are extremely helpful to give strength to your hair and reconstructing damaged hair. Adding fenugreek seeds which are high in amino acids in your diet makes your hair smooth and healthy. Massaging your head everyday with boiled fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in coconut oil can be an excellent remedy for thinning of hair and hair fall.
Reduces Menstrual Discomfort
Fenugreek contains compounds like isoflavones with oestrogen-like properties which help reduce symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps associated with pre menstrual syndrome.
Fenugreek seeds contain galactomannan, which is a natural soluble fibre helps to reduce the time of sugar is absorbed into blood stream. Highly recommended for diabetic person.
Fenugreek contains saponins that help reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods. It is recommended to take soaked fenugreek seeds 1teaspoon every day.
Fenugreek seed helps in curing the acid reflux (heartburn) as it has mucilage which covers the stomach and intestinal linings and soothes the irritated tissues of the gastrointestinal tract.
Enhances Breast Milk Production
Fenugreek has been known since ancient times as an herbal galactagogue – or an herb that increase milk production.
Induces Labour and Reduces Labour Pain
It induces and eases the child birth during labour as it stimulates the uterine contractions and reduces the labour pain. However, its excess intake should be avoided during pregnancy as it increases the risk of miscarriage as well as premature childbirth.
Reduces Risk of Kidney Stones
Fenugreek tea cleans up the kidneys and intestines thus reduce the risk of kidney stones formation.
How to make Fenugreek Seed Tea?
1. Lightly crush a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds.
2. Soak them in a cup of freshly boiled water and steep it for 1 to 3 hours. (The longer you steep, higher the benefits).
3. Strain the tea, add honey and lemon to taste and drink it hot or cold. You can add tea leaves or other herbs too for a different flavour.