10 Top Medicinal Uses Of Fenugreek Seeds | Methi Seeds (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum)

We use fenugreek seeds extensively both as a remedy and in cooking. The botanical name of fenugreek seeds is Trigonella Foenum-Graecum. Fenugreek seeds have wonderful medicinal uses and since most homes stock it always, if we get to know it’s medicinal uses, it will always come in handy.

At home, we use it to treat ulcers by making a porridge with it, it is very soothing on the stomach and is very tasty too. It is also a common practice for diabetic patients to consume fenugreek seeds in our village. But please remember to keep a close watch on your blood sugar levels as fenugreek seeds might lower it significantly if you are taking it along with diabetic medication.

Using fenugreek seeds for increasing breast milk supply is also very common, it is usually given in porridge form for breast feeding mothers. We also use fenugreek seeds externally too, we use it as a hair pack to treat dandruff, I have been using fenugreek hair pack for more than 10 years now. It not only keeps my hair shiny, it also prevents dandruff.

Fenugreek Seeds Common Names:

Fenugreek seeds are called Methi Dana in Hindi, Vendhayam in Tamil, Menthulu in Telugu, Menthe in Kannada and Ventiam in Malayalam.

Fenugreek Seeds Nutrition:

100 grams of fenugreek seeds contain around 323 calories, 6gm of fat, 23 gms of protein and 58grams of carbohydrates. It is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.

Side Effects Of Fenugreek Seeds:

  • When consuming internally in small amounts it does not cause any problems, but in excess it can lead to upset stomach for some as it is very high in fiber.
  • People who are taking thyroid medication should practice caution when taking excessive amount of fenugreek seeds.
  • The only problem with fenugreek seeds when applying it externally on the scalp is that anyone who is prone to sinus or asthma can’t use it as it is very cooling and will aggravate the problem. To be on the safer side, don’t let it soak for a long time (max 10 minutes) when you are using it the first time. Once you are comfortable then you can let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Where to Buy Fenugreek Seeds?

In India fenugreek seeds can be found in all departmental stores, abroad you can find it in grocery stores but if you can’t try in Indian stores.

How To Consume Fenugreek Seeds?

You can consume it as it is or take it in the form of fenugreek powder. You can also try fenugreek capsule if you don’t want to consume the seeds.

Fenugreek Seeds Dosage:

The general suggested dosage is 1 tsp but start 1/2 tsp of the seeds and increase it to 1 tsp over time

10 Top Medicinal Uses Of Fenugreek Seeds:

1. Anti Diabetic Properties:

Fenugreek seeds are a real boon to diabetic patients. They not only help reduce the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients, they also prevent diabetes in pre diabetic patients. Just 2 tsps daily will greatly help prevent diabetes.

Try to include fenugreek seeds in the diet a often to maintain stable blood sugar levels. You can soak a tsp of fenugreek seeds in water the previous day and have it the next day morning or boil it in water and have it as fenugreek tea.

But if you are a diabetic please monitor your blood sugar levels closely while consuming fenugreek seeds as it significantly lowers blood sugar levels. You can read the study that supports this claim here.

2. Anti Obesity Properties:

Fenugreek extract has been proven to inhibit fat accumulation and has been proven to have anti obesity properties. Fenugreek seeds greatly reduces plasma triglyceride gain and you can read the study that supports this claim here.

Also any ingredient that keeps us full for longer periods of time results in natural weight loss, keeps the blood sugar levels stable and also prevents snacking.

If you consume any dish made with fenugreek seeds like fenugreek dosa or fenugreek porridge, it will keep you fuller for a longer periods of time preventing you from reaching for fattening snacks.

3. Anti Inflammatory Properties:

Fenugreek seeds have been been clinically proven to have anti inflammatory properties, you can read the study that supports this claim here.

Fenugreek seeds can also be used to treat inflammations caused due to allergies. Fenugreek has been used for reducing arthritic pain traditionally, fenugreek seed extract greatly eases both the pain and inflammation.

To use for arthritis or any joint pain, soak the seeds and have it the next day, I like to soak the methi seeds in curd as it is easier to eat.

4. Antioxidant Properties:

Fenugreek seeds have wonderful antioxidant properties. Consuming antioxidant rich foods is vital for good health as they fight off free radicals in the body which are the main reason for premature ageing of the skin.

Though you can consume fenugreek seeds as it is, I would highly recommend germinating the seeds for best results as it has even more antioxidant properties.

5. For Treating PCOS:

 Poly cystic ovarian syndrome called pcos in short is unfortunately increasing due to change in our life style and food habits. Pcos is associated with obesity, infertility and insulin resistance but there are wonderful ingredients that greatly help women suffering from Pcos and one such ingredient is fenugreek.

As obesity is one of the major causes of pcos, taking fenugreek seeds regularly will help a lot. Consuming fenugreek seeds regulates the glucose levels in the body which leads to natural weight loss. You can read the study that supports this claim here.  In my home I use fenugreek seeds for making idli batter, that way we consume fenugreek seeds every single day.

6. Anti Cancer Properties:

Fenugreek seeds are also great for cancer prevention. Fenugreek seeds have been proven to kill cancer cells. They also are great for cancer prevention, you can read the study that proves it here.

I greatly believe in our traditional practices because our elders have already perfected using most of the ingredients, all we have to do is to follow it precisely.

Same goes with fenugreek seeds, traditionally we add certain amount in cooking and if we continue to do that I am sure we can get all the benefits it offers without any benefits.

7. Galactagogue Properties:

Traditionally there are certain ingredients that are given to breast feeding mothers that boosts breast milk and one such ingredient is fenugreek.

This traditional practice has been backed by research, you can read the study that supports this  claim here. Fenugreek is an excellent galactagogue and has been used for centuries for it. At home, we make fenugreek porridge regularly.

Usually you will start noticing increase in breast milk supply within a day or two of consuming fenugreek seeds but for some women it might take longer. You can find the recipes for consuming during breast feeding here.

8. Fenugreek For Men:

Fenugreek seeds have been proven to improve the reduce the DHT levels which is the main cause for male pattern baldness in men. Both applying fenugreek as a hair pack and taking it internally will help men suffering from male pattern baldness.

Try to apply fenugreek hair pack at least weekly twice to see good results. Also fenugreek increases libido and this has been proven scientifically, you can read it here. 

9. Anti Ulcer Properties:

Fenugreek seeds are great for treating ulcers, here in my place we make a porridge out of fenugreek seeds to treat ulcers. A handful of broken rice is cooked along with 1 tbsp of fenugreek seeds, 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds and required amount of coconut milk till it’s mushy.

Add required amount of salt and your best home remedy for ulcer is ready! Take this porridge for a few days and you will get good relief from ulcer pain. There is also a clinical research to support this traditional use, you can find it here. 

10. Fenugreek Seeds For Dandruff:

I don’t even have to site a research for this use as I know personally that fenugreek seeds help prevent dandruff. Once I started getting dandruff, my mother applied dandruff hair pack for me continuously weekly twice to prevent it.

I continue to do it till today and it has kept me dandruff free. Luckily I can apply fenugreek hair pack even for long duration’s of time and experience no side effects at all but people who are prone to sinus infections might have problems when applying fenugreek hair pack…

1 Comment

  1. Becky Silky
    July 12, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Wow thank you so much Ramya. I recently started using fenugreek as a spice and I've always used it in my hair oil and hair spray. Will it give me the same benefits if I only use it to spice my food?

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