Fenugreek / Methi / Mentye is widely used in India in various forms. The leaves in dried form can be used as a herb, seeds as a spice and the plant itself as a green leafy vegetable. It is a powerhouse of nutrients, containing iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin B6, protein, and dietary fiber.
The water soluble fiber content called as ‘galactomannan’ helps in regulating Type 1 as well as Type 2 Diabetes since it slows down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the blood stream. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties serves as a phenomenal help in various stomach related problems.
It is helpful in relieving menstrual cramps, indigestion, reducing stomach pain, ease constipation, and can also be an effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburn and soothe irritated gastrointestinal tissues. The magnesium and potassium in methi or fenugreek aids in clearing dandruff effectively.
Here are 5 ways to gain maximum out of Fenugreek
- Cook methi leaves / mentya soppu in any form like methi dal, methi roti, or even simple methi sabji for any stomach related issues.
- Drink fenugreek tea/decoction early in the morning to set right the digestive system.
- Heat a cup of coconut oil and add 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to it, bring it to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain the oil and massage scalp and hair with lukewarm oil twice a week. Leave it overnight and wash it off with a mild shampoo the next morning for healthy scalp
- Take fenugreek with a teaspoon of lemon and honey for reducing fever and sore throat.
- Chew soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach for suppressing appetite.