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Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated medicinal plants native to southern Europe and Asia. A very popular plant grown throughout Mediterranean regions, Argentina, North Africa, France, India, and the U.S., fenugreek is mentioned in detail in Egyptian papyrus writings circa 1500 B.C.The seeds from the plant have a pungent aroma and fairly bitter taste.
Fenugreek is known as the Asian beauty secret for acquiring beautiful skin. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have pointed out that methi seeds serve as an effective topical treatment for a variety of skin-related problems.
1. Cure for Skin Inflammation:
2. Cure for Acne/Blackheads and Wrinkles:
3. Anti-Ageing Remedy:
4. Exfoliates Skin:
5. Lightens Skin:
6.Fenugreek can also help protect your skin from the sun damage.
7. Tones And Cleanses Skin:
8. Treats Blemishes:
9. Methi is extremely effective in strengthening the hair from the roots and treating follicular problems. The seeds contain hormone antecedents that enhance hair growth and help in rebuilding the hair follicles.
11. Fenugreek seeds contain lecithin, an emulsifying substance. When soaked in water, the seeds produce a slippery substance which endows your hair with shine. This quality makes methi seeds for hair conditioning an optimal choice.
12. Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease:
13. Cure for Heartburn and Acidity:
14. Fenugreek seeds are known to induce weight loss by suppressing your appetite
Health Benefits of Fenugreek
Fenugreek powder is rich in minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium. In the vitamin department, it contains thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, and vitamins A and C. There are also polysaccharides: saponins, hemicellulose, mucilage, tannin, and pectin, which help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by discouraging bile salts from absorbing into the colon, while at the same time binding to toxins so they can be escorted from the body. The amino acid 4-hydroxy isoleucine in the seeds helps lower rate of glucose absorption in the intestines, which lowers blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes.
Fenugreek contains choline, which studies show may not only help slow mental aging, but also calm PMS and symptoms of menopause. Fenugreek is also considered an aphrodisiac, and plenty of studies tout its ability to increase libido in men. But another key compound, diosgenin, has been shown to increase milk flow, which makes this herb very popular among breastfeeding mothers. However, fenugreek can cause uterine contractions, so it’s advised that pregnant women avoid fenugreek in any form.