Benefits of the bitter Fenugreek seeds

fengreek-seedsFenugreek, commonly known as ‘methi’, has been used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world, especially in China, Egypt, India and Middle Eastern countries. Their bitter taste imparts a peculiar flavour to masalas , fermented batters, kadhi, dals, etc

Health effects

Lower cholesterol –  Prevents absorption of cholesterol from the food thereby improving lipid profile and lowering heart disease risk

Lower blood sugar – Diosgenin present in fenugreek seeds may be useful in promoting adipocyte differentiation and inhibiting inflammation in adipose tissues . In this way it improves glucose metabolism and decreases inflammation.

Laxative effect – Fenugreek seeds absorb water and swell having a bulking effect in the stomach. This provides a sense of fullness and facilitates easy emptying of bowel

Amino acid – 4-hydroxy leucine- This amino acid present in fenugreek seeds potentiates the action of insulin and may be responsible for its anti-diabetic effects

There is more than one reason to incorporate fenugreek seeds in different ways as sprouted, roasted, powdered, into all kinds of dishes or even regular chapatti dough.


Author: drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

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