What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek means Greek Hay in Latin. Fenugreek leaves and seeds hold beneficial nutritional values. The seeds are popularly used both as herb and spice.
For those who dislike its bitter taste can try fenugreek capsules or pills. Normally, it is available as whole dried seeds or in powdered form (ground roasted seeds).
Health Benefit of Fenugreek
There are many healthy uses of fenugreek. Research has shown that the culinary spice can prove very beneficial to diabetes type 2 patients as it helps lower blood sugar levels in the body.
- Consuming at least ten seeds in raw form or taking fenugreek tea twice daily can help diabetic patients manage their disease. Tea made from fenugreek benefit those with phlegm.
- Intake of fenugreek seeds or capsules daily can help cure skin ailments. Research has shown that the seeds contain agents that help with skin problems such as eczema, boils, abscesses, burns & gout.
- Recent studies have also thrown light on other fenugreek benefit. Such benefit can be availed by adding three to four grams of fenugreek in a meal. This can help lower cholesterol levels and is also said to lower risk for heart attack.
- Fenugreek extract or paste or can also be mixed with curd and then applied to your hair & scalp. This can help cure dandruff and it also makes an effective natural hair conditioner.
- If you are not comfortable eating fenugreek raw, then you can get fenugreek capsules. Alternatively you can apply fenugreek paste on the affected area.
- Among other health benefit of fenugreek, one can consume it with a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice as a remedy for fever.
- Fenugreek contains mucilage in good proportion and is also an excellent treatment for heartburn and acid reflux
Side Effect of Fenugreek
Fenugreek is generally safe when used in moderation. Nonetheless, there can be minor side effects in some cases.
- Nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort skin irritations and rash are some of the common side effects that can occur that can possibly be some form of allergy to agents contained in the seed.
- Use of fenugreek during pregnancy, especially during the last trimester, is not recommended as it has potential to induce labor.
Additionally, there may be a rare side effect of fenugreek where long term or over consumption of fenugreek causes unpleasant body or urine odor.