Fenugreek (Methi)

Hippocrates  had said "Let thy food be thy medicine". Most natural foods have some if not significant  medicinal value. Spives though not exactly foods, are used in cooking foods in South Asia. Spices have great health values.

Fenugreek seeds are a very good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help to control blood sugar levels. The seeds are a rich source of soluble variety of of fiber; this helps the body tissues to better utilise glucose.

Fenugreek consumption also benefits those who have high level of bad cholestrol (LDL cholesterol). The gel-like fiber in the seeds binds with bile acids, lowering cholesterol the same way as drugs do but without the side effects.

Recommended dosage is 20-25 grams per day in divided doses. The seeds can be swallowed with water., ideal time for consumption is 5 minutes before a meal. Another method is to soak overnight the powdered amount in water and drink it 5 minutes before your morning breakfast. You can also consume it by adding to beverages or blend it into flour .

Important to note is that the fenugreek seeds are also anti-diarrhoeal. About a teaspoonful with water taken three times a day can provide quick and marked relief for adults; this has been scientifically verified. It reduces testinal gas and spasms. There is some data to support its anti-cancer and anti-ulcer properties.

Based on article by Neelanjana Singh of PSRI, New Delhi

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