The Health Value of Methi Seeds
The methi seeds are known as fenugreek seeds. These seeds are used all over the world for medicinal purposes and as herbs in foods for health purposes. Fenugreek seeds are beneficial not only for health but also for hair and skin.
- Nutrients in 100 g of Fenugreek are:
- Energy – 51 mg
- Phosphorus – 51 mg
- Fat – 0.9g
- Protein – 4.4g
- Carbohydrates – 6.0 g
- Minerals – 1.5 g
- Calcium – 395 mg
- Iron – 1.93 mg
The treatment value for hair of fenugreek seeds are:
- It prevents hair loss
- It prevents any type of follicular problems
- It conditions hair to keep it strong and shining
The additional nutrients that are in fenugreek seeds are:
- Amino Acids
- Galactomannan Fibres
The presence of these nutrients makes it possible for controlling dandruff and dermatitis which is a common scalp problem of unhygienic personal standards. The normal remedy is to make a paste of the Fenugreek leaves or the seeds with apple cider vinegar and apply it to the scalp. It is left on for at least half an hour and then the hair and the scalp are washed.
The treatment value of Fenugreek seeds in skin care are:
- It is a cure for all types of skin inflammation
- It is used as a cure for acne, blackheads and wrinkles
- It lightens burn marks visibly.
The normal treatment practice for skin cure is to make a paste of the methi seeds and mix it with honey. The paste is then applied to the skin and left to dry. Then it is washed off. It draws out the accumulation under the epidermis curing acne and blackheads and smoothening out the wrinkle lines.
- It also reduces and balances the bad cholesterol.
- Methi can help in weight loss.
In weight loss it is soaked in drinking water overnight and chewed early in the morning on an empty stomach. The fiber content in the fenugreek seeds gives a feeling of a full stomach so an individual tends to eat less.
- The seeds have been found to cure liver functions that are not healthy
- The seeds also cure dyspepsia
- It lowers the blood sugar levels in diabetic patients
- Chronic coughs and bronchitis are also cured by fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seeds are small and yellow in color and each seed has a slight indent in it. It has a typical aroma similar to maple syrup. The leaves are small and green and are rich in Vitamin K.
Some of the other vitamins found in the seeds in smaller quantities are:
The seeds besides providing protection from certain types of cancers also increase the breast milk in lactating mothers. The recent studies in the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology show that fenugreek has the possibilities of replacing Hormone Replacement Therapy.(HRT).
Some of the side effects of excessive intake of fenugreek seeds are skin allergies, allergies that lead to chest pain, facial swelling, breathing difficulty and difficulty in swallowing. The intake amount should not exceed the limit that is good for the body.
Several research studies are being carried out in several areas of health concerns and it has been found that the results have been positive in all the areas of health concerns. It must however be remembered that anything taken in excess is not good and neither are the fenugreek seeds.