17 July 2014

Health Benefits of Fenugreek

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Fenu what? Yes, I asked that too. It's not very often that you will hear the word fenugreek. Honestly, I have come across this seed here in Dubai. I have never heard of it and I'm so surprised to know that the small seed is packed with plenty of healthy benefits.

Fenugreek is a plant native to and widely used in the Middle East and the sub-continents of India. It is also known as methi. It is used as a herb, spice and vegetable. It has a distinctive sweet due to sotolon, a chemical responsible for the sweet taste of fenugreek.

Some of its health benefits are listed below:

Increase milk production for breastfeeding mothers due to the presence of diosgenin

Reduces menstrual cramps

Reduces cholesterol

Reduces cardiovascular risks

Helps control diabetes

Helps relieve sore throat

Prevents colon-cancer as it has anti-carcinogenic properties

Surpresses appetite

You can have fenugreek as part of a cooked meal or few seeds diluted in water and letting it steep overnight to be drank the next morning.


  1. That is pretty interesting, Sis! Meron din kaya yan dito sa OZ? I love that we can reap heaps of benefits from munching that uniquely named seed! What does it taste like?

    1. Check out the Indian stuff in your grocery or supermarket because they use this a lot as part of their spice and meal preps. I drink the fenugreek tea once a week and it has that distinct "slightly sweet" taste which is good. At least it doesn't make me gag.


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