Fenugreek Leaves

The leaves of fenugreek are also classified as a nutritional supplement as they have multiple benefits for the human body like controlling cholesterol, diabetes etc. They are also used as a traditional medicine for problems like bad digestion and controlling the blood sugar level. Therefore, they satisfy a number of needs of the body when added to the diet.

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Product Description

Fenugreek or the commonly called methi in Hindi, is an annual plant with leaves consisting of three obovate and oblong leaflets. It belongs to the Fabaceae family of plants and is cultivated worldwide. The word “Fenugreek” is a Latin name which refers to ‘Greek hay’. Fenugreek leaves also known as ‘methipatte’ in Hindi, ‘venthiyakeera’ in Tamil, ‘methikora’ in Telugu, ‘menthyasoppu’ in Malayalam and ‘methi sag’ in Bengali. They can be found in India (largest producer) and North African abundance. States like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan (80% of India’s output), Haryana, etc. contribute the most to their production. Other countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, France, Spain, Morocco, etc. also produce the plant.

Fenugreek leaves and seeds both are used for various purposes but most commonly for cooking as they give their unique flavour to the food and have an aroma that is warm and savoury with a nutty taste. The leaves and seeds are an important spice in Indian Cuisines and are used in breads (known as methi naan) as well. They are even crushed and sprinkled over the curries in order to add flavour and make them look attractive. Fenugreek leaves have a milder taste than the seeds and taste like a mixture of celery and fennel.

The leaves of fenugreek are also classified as a nutritional supplement as they have multiple benefits for the human body like controlling cholesterol, diabetes etc. They are also used as a traditional medicine for problems like bad digestion and controlling the blood sugar level. Therefore, they satisfy a number of needs of the body when added to the diet.

Selection– Select a bunch of fenugreek leaves that is fresh and green. They should not be yellow and dry and for some specific recipes select bunches of small leaves.

Storage- Cut the stems otherwise the soil in the roots will make them smelly and soggy and then store the leaves in an airtight container in the refrigerator so that they do not absorb any moisture. This will enable the leaves to last for 3-4 days. If you wrap it with a newspaper it may last for up to a week.

Serving Size: 1 serving (100g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 10

Calories 49

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Other Carbohydrate 0g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 39%
Calcium 0% Iron 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

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The consumption of fenugreek leaves does the following wonders to your health:

  • Improves bowel movement-

Any indigestion problem or gastric issue and intestinal problems can be cured by consuming fenugreek leaves, especially their powdered form.

 

  • Cures respiratory problems

Congestion in the respiratory tract and various respiratory allergies can be treated by using powder of leaves dried under the sun.

 

  • Helps in maintaining the cholesterol level-

It lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) and helps in increasing good cholesterol which keeps heart problems away.

 

  • Good for diabetics– it controls levels of glucose metabolism as the leaves contain an anti-diabetic element and type2 diabetes can be treated by using them.

 

  • Cures Fever

Fenugreek leaves mixed with honey and lemon is a good remedy for bringing high temperatures down.

 

  • Cures Anaemia

There is a high level of iron present in Fenugreek leaves which is important for curing disease like anaemia and preventing it. It increases blood cells and haemoglobin in the blood.

 

  • Good for treating Heart Problems, Acid Reflux and Heartburn-

Fenugreek leaves’ consumption balances the blood liquid levels, lowers LDL, prevents blood clotting and is beneficial for diabetes. Therefore, it helps in maintaining a healthy heart. Moreover, if leaves are soaked in water before consumption, it can cure acid reflux and heartburns.

 

  • Treats hair loss and helps in maintaining long and healthy hair-

A thick paste of Fenugreek leaves serves the purpose when applied to the scalp for 40 minutes evenly, two times a week. It also keeps hair away from chemical damage.

 

  • Good for the Skin-

Fenugreek leaves have antiseptic properties which help in treating various skin infections.

 

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http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-fenugreek-leaves-for-skin-hair-and-health/#gref

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  • Fenugreek leaves cause body and urine odor like a maple syrup which many people would not prefer to smell like.
  • They cause loose motion in mothers and breastfeeding babies as diarrhea can be easily passed from mother to babies via breast milk.
  • Many people are allergic to fenugreek leaves and suffer from hives, breathlessness, fainting and rash.
  • Fenugreek leaves aggravate breathing patterns of those who are asthmatic specially in men and also it causes thyroid dysfunctions.

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