Given how ubiquitous fenugreek (methi) is in Indian households – not to mention its references in Ayurveda – the fact that it is healthy for humans is surely not a recent discovery.
But really learning about the benefits of fenugreek seeds is interesting – it wouldn’t be exaggerating to claim that this spice demonstrates how “food may be thy medicine.”
#A Active Compounds In Fenugreek Seeds
– Minerals: such as calcium,phosphate, and iron, are essential for healthy bodily function.
– Vitamins A and C: both are necessary for healthy eyes, good skin, and a variety of other things.
– Saponins: they boost the body’s cholesterol excretion.
– Fatty acids: play an important role in metabolism and have antifungal and antibacterial effects.
– Carotenoids and Flavonoids: plant pigments that have antioxidant qualities as well as a slew of other advantages.
– Protein: The protein content of fenugreek seeds is comparable to that of other legumes.
– Coumarins: A fragrant chemical that has cancer-fighting effects.
The high fibre content of fenugreek seeds is primarily responsible for its health advantages.
#B Drives Digestive System
Fibre is not broken down by the digestive system while being a source of carbs. It works by steadying digestion and controlling bowel motions.
Dietary fibres make up half of the fenugreek seed, and there are two different kinds.
#C Aids In Diabetes Control, Heart Health And Weight Loss
Dietary fibre is thought to enhance satiation and decrease hunger, naturally aiding weight loss.
Furthermore, because soluble fibres are only partially absorbed, they do not induce rapid spikes in blood sugar, which might contribute to weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Fenugreek seeds also contain compounds that reduce cell insulin resistance, allowing them to absorb more sugar from the bloodstream. This decreases our blood sugar, which aids in the treatment of diabetes and lowers the risk of heart disease, as well as learning and memory problems.
The mush formed by soluble fibre can actually prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol.
Soluble fibres and saponins are also beneficial to the heart since they stimulate bile production. This digesting liquid is generated from LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, which is subsequently removed from the bloodstream, preventing a build-up that might otherwise cause heart blockages.
#D Soluble Fibers
Vegetables, fruits, lentils, flaxseed, beans, peas, oats, and fibre supplements all include these nutrients.
They break down into a mush when mixed with water, slowing carbs digestion and absorption.
In our stomach, soluble fibres encourage the growth of “good” bacteria.
#E Insoluble Fibers
Whole grains, as well as the seeds and skins of fruits and vegetables, contain them.
They absorb water and transform into a gel-like material, which bulks up the stool and helps avoid constipation and diarrhoea.
Insoluble fibres are fermented by bacteria in our stomach (since they aren’t digested), similar to how yoghurt is made from milk. This produces butyrate, a saturated fat that aids in the proper functioning of our intestine. Butyrate is thought to be important in the prevention of cancer and other digestive disorders.
#F Rich In Iron
Iron aids in the delivery of oxygen throughout our bodies. As a result, persons suffering from anaemia, a disease in which the blood is unable to transport enough oxygen, benefit from the iron-rich fenugreek seeds.
#G Take Care Of Women Health
Fenugreek seeds have oestrogen-like characteristics, which may help to alleviate menstruation irregularities and mood swings (PMS). They also help women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that affects many women.
Incorporate Fenugreek Seeds into Your Diet
Methi seeds’ bitter flavour and sweet fragrance go well with various flavours in food, so here are a few ways to incorporate it into your diet:
-Toss it in with the dal. It’s said that combining it with a tadka of ghee can boost its advantages.
-Mix the ground seeds with sauce, cooked greens, soup or yoghurt – basically anything!
Simply put, those fenugreek seeds in your pantry can help you come closer to living a better, happier life.
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Ryan Fernando is an Award-winning celebrity Sports Nutritionist with 2GUINNESS world record and 2 Olympic medals under his belt. His client list include Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar, cricketer Shikhar Dhawan & bollywood superstars Aamir Khan & Abhishek Bachchan. He is Chief Nutritionist at QUA Nutrition Signature Clinics.