September 9, 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.

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