Methi is commonly used in Indian cuisine to add or enhance the flavour of curries, dals and other flavourful dishes. It is also used to make delicious parathas. But, besides being tasty and healthy, methi is a powerhouse of nutrients and has a lot of medicinal properties. Let’s take a closer look at some of the health boosting properties of this tiny seed.
Fenugreek seeds contain iron, potassium, selenium, calcium, copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium, thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin and vitamins A and C. These tiny seeds also contain saponins, hemicellulose, mucilage, tannin, and pectin, which according to some studies may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by discouraging bile salts from absorbing into the colon. Fenugreek seeds can lowers blood sugar levels, making them the perfect food for diabetics.
Since methi seeds also contain a large amount of fibre, they can help prevent constipation, fight infection, inflammation and stomach ulcers. Research show that since methi contains choline, it can help combat symptoms and pain associated with PMS and menopause and can increase libido in men.
Some medical research also shows that methi can promote breast enlargement in women and can increase milk flow in lactating women. Research also indicates that diosgenin, which is present in fenugreek may help prevent cancer.
REVOFIT TAKE: While fenugreek or methi has been used to treat a host of ailments, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether it has successfully treated life threatening diseases. But it does have medicinal properties and has been used for decades to treat common health conditions from digestive problems to bad skin.