Fenugreek is a plant that grows in the Mediterranean areas and in Asia. Its other names are Fenugreek, Greek Hay or methi Dana. It is used in Asian and other cuisines as a spice. It was used as medicine in many countries such as Egypt, China and so on in ancient times.
Nowadays it became popular again. Due to its richness in protein, vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium, niacin, lysine, saponins, alkaloids etc it can treat many illnesses. Fenugreek seeds are excellent for skin. It can treat wounds, rash, boils, abscesses etc. It has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix fenugreek seeds with warm water (you will get a paste), put it on the piece of cloth and apply on the skin.
Fenugreek supports heart health. It lowers high blood pressure, LDL cholesterol levels, triglyceride, and low-density lipoprotein. It can prevent heart attack. It is found that fenugreek seeds lower glucose levels in blood and therefore can treat diabetes.
Special thing about fenugreek seeds is diosgenin. This compound has similar properties to female hormone estrogen. This is the reason why it can cure many problems connected with reproductive tract. In men, fenugreek seeds improve potency, prevent premature ejaculation and strengthen libido.
In women, fenugreek seeds ease discomforts of menopause. Fenugreek seeds also improve sexual desire. They can enlarge breasts if eaten on regular basis. If you are pregnant, fenugreek seeds can induce labor. Therefore you must talk to your physician whether to use it or not.
If a woman is breastfeeding fenugreek seeds will improve lactating. It generally regulates hormones among people. Fenugreek is known to treat acid reflux disease and heartburn due to the presence of mucilage. Fenugreek is great for hair too. Not only does it prevent hair loss but it eliminates dandruff. Fenugreek seeds can lower down fever. In this situation you can consume it with tea, lemon and honey. Fenugreek can ease symptoms of arthritis, asthma and bronchitis.
You can buy fenugreek seeds in health stores or in the market. It is present in powder or capsule form too. Another option available is fenugreek tea which is a great antioxidant. Fenugreek has very few side effects and they show up if you exaggerate with consuming it. Side effects are nausea and troubles with gastrointestinal tract (diarrhea, gases etc). If suffering from any chronic disease consult your doctor prior to any usage of fenugreek seeds.