Fenugreek comes from the Fabacaea family. The whole plant is considered very useful – right from its seeds to its leaves. Fenugreek contains the following nutrients:
- Carbohydrates and fats.
- Minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous and iron.
- Vitamins B3 and C.
The leaves of this plant are used in various food items like curries. The fresh leaves are washed thoroughly and included in the dough meant for making wheat pancakes. The seeds are roasted and used in various pickles. The seeds are also used while preparing items made of pulses. The roasted seeds can be powdered and added to salads.
However, care should be taken not to use fenugreek seeds excessively. The amounts used in the kitchen are generally considered safe.
To control blood sugar:
- Soak a teaspoon full(about 10-12 gms) of fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
- Early next morning, drink the water and eat the seeds by chewing them thoroughly.
- Fenugreek eases the process of digestion and makes the body absorb the carbohydrates and sugars, in a slow and controlled process.
- They regulate the production of insulin.
- Diabetics who are on medication should consult their doctor before starting on this remedy as they might have to reduce the medication (as per the advice of the doctor) to avoid drastic fall in the blood sugar level.
To get rid of dandruff:
- Soak about 25 gms of fenugreek seeds in bitter yogurt, overnight.
- Make a smooth paste out of this, next morning.
- Apply this paste, evenly all over the scalp and let it dry.
- After about an hour, wash hair thoroughly with a mild shampoo.
- Do this, once in a week, to get rid of dandruff and dull hair.
For Joint pains and arthritis:
- Sprout fenugreek seeds. This may take about 48 hours.
- Once well sprouted, preserve this in a glass jar and store in a refrigerator.
- Consume it as a snack (about 10 gms at a time).
- This action helps in reducing joint pains due to arthritis. Eating sprouted fenugreek seeds along with applying hot packs on the painful area would reduce pain and improve mobility of the patient.
- Fenugreek seeds are used to control menopausal symptoms like hot flashes/ fever/ moodiness/ bodily aches etc.
- Lactating mothers would be benefited by consuming a little amount of fenugreek seeds every day.
- Fenugreek induces labour. Hence, pregnant women should heed to the advice of their doctor before consuming it.
For kidney problems:
- Studies show that intake of fenugreek seeds nullified the harmful effect on the kidneys due to accumulated toxins and pesticides.
- Further, it was found that they prevented the formation of calcium oxalate stones in the kidneys.
- Fenugreek enhanced the level of antioxidants in the kidneys. This, in turn, helped in preventing kidney diseases.
- However, patients suffering from kidney should consult their nephrologist to decide on the appropriateness of using fenugreek seeds as a remedy to their problem.
For regulating cholesterol:
- Consuming about 10 gms of fenugreek seeds, after every meal, is believed to lower bad cholesterol. The components in these seeds, inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver. Similarly, they create conditions in the body so that the intestines do not absorb much of the cholesterol.
- Sprouting fenugreek seeds is a good idea to get the entire benefits of decreasing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol (HDL).
- Also, the seeds are removed of any fat content, specifically for the purpose of using them on cholesterol patients. Devoid of fat and enhanced with nutrients due to sprouting, these seeds regulate cholesterol levels effectively.