Methi : uses and benefits
Methi or Fenugreek is used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens). Its seeds and leaves are common ingredients in dishes from the Indian subcontinent. Also used in traditional medicine, India is a major producer, with fenugreek production in India derived from numerous states. Rajasthan accounts for over 80% of India’s total fenugreek production.
It is used both whole and powdered in the preparation of pickles, vegetable dishes, dal, and spice mixes such as panch phoron and sambar powder. They are often roasted to reduce inherent bitterness and to enhance flavour.
Fenugreek seeds have a slightly bitter taste when raw, but when they are sprouted, the flavour becomes pungently sweet, adding a unique taste to salads and other foods.
Fenugreek dietary supplements are manufactured from powdered seeds into capsules, loose powders, teas, and liquid extracts in many countries.Powders may also be used as a topical medication or dressing for skin wounds or eczema.There is little high-quality evidence that these products have any clinical effectiveness.
Listed below are some benefits of Methi:
1.Controlling blood sugar : Diabetes is spreading and growing at an alarming rate worldwide. Although, people taking diabetes medicine should consult their doctor as the consumption may also lead to hypoglycemia.
2. Fenugreek for weight loss: Drinking hot tea brewed with methi seeds right in the morning accelerates the rate of metabolism and may help in shedding excessive weight.
3. Keeps Constipation At Bay:
Methi tea turns out to be an incredible antacid that keeps stomach problems like ulcers and acidity at bay. The water-soluble fibre present in methi seeds adds bulk to the stool and leads to their smooth digestion. Methi tea works wonders in preventing bloating and constipation due to improved digestive system.
4. For Kidney Health: Drinking methi tea regularly could help in providing ample supply of well-oxygenated blood to the kidneys, which may further help prevent the occurrence, or reduce the number of stones.
5. For nursing mothers: Fenugreek ranks high among the ‘must haves’ for nursing mothers. This is due to the presence of diosgenin in the spice which increases milk production in lactating mothers. Fenugreek is used as a galactagogue by nursing mothers to increase inadequate breast milk supply.
6. Helps soothe skin problems : While Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, fenugreek also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that aid in the treatment of various skin problems like burns, boils and eczema. The seeds are known to help in getting rid of scars.
7. For cattle and pets : Fenugreek is sometimes used as animal feed. It provides a green fodder palatable to ruminants. The seeds are also used to feed fish, domestic rabbits and ruminants.
8. For pregnant women: In Indian households pregnant women are adviced to eat methi ke laddo as the richness of fenugreek helps both the mother as well as the child.
Safety caution: Fenugreek can increase the risk for serious medical side effects, though its culinary use (in smaller quantities) is usually believed to be safe.Fenugreek is not approved or recommended for clinical use by any governmental health agency.
1. Although once a folk remedy for an insufficient milk supply when nursing, there is no good evidence that fenugreek is effective or safe for this use.Fenugreek may affect uterine contractions and be unsafe for women with hormone-sensitive cancers.Fenugreek is likely not safe for use during pregnancy as it may have abortifacient effects.
2. Some people are allergic to fenugreek, including those with peanut allergies or chickpea allergies. Fenugreek seeds can cause diarrhea, dyspepsia, abdominal distention, flatulence, perspiration, and a maple-like smell to sweat, urine or breast milk.
3. There is a risk of hypoglycemiaparticularly in people with diabetes, and it may interfere with the activity of anti-diabetic drugs.