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Methi Seeds and Leaves

Taoshobuddha

Methi Seeds and Leaves

Methi seeds and leaves

Taoshobuddha

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What Is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is a commonly used spice in the Middle East and in Asia, a key component in gravies. Seeds are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, phytoestrogen and selenium. Fenugreek has been called a star among spices. As a medicinal herb, it has many uses. Emerging

research has indicated that fenugreek may be an important supplement in preventing and ameliorating a number of diseases and illnesses. The connection between fenugreek and prostate health has not been researched directly. But there are some intriguing indications that fenugreek may have a role to play in improving prostate health.

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Fenugreek for Medicinal Uses


Fenugreek is an all-purpose spice used in food and drink. It is also an old remedy for a number of conditions, according to Medicinal Herbs and Spices. It has been used for sore throats, heartburn, and acid reflux. Fenugreek is a rich source of phytoestrogen. This makes it useful for women with low estrogen levels. It also helps increase milk production. It has a reputation for alleviating and/or preventing a number of conditions, ranging from diabetes to heart problems to cancer, although there is no scientific evidence to support this. There are indications that fenugreek can be useful in preventing and perhaps slowing prostate cancer, although research in this area is preliminary.

Research into the Medicinal Uses of Fenugreek


Research has indicated that fenugreek has a moderating effect on blood lipid levels. In limited research studies, mostly in India, fenugreek has been shown to lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol in diabetics. And thus it may make it a useful tool if you have Type 2 diabetes.

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Fenugreek appears to lower blood glucose levels. It also seems to help protect against cataracts, which are common problems for diabetes patients. The high levels of phytoestrogen in fenugreek may protect against certain types of cancers. Fenugreek may help slow the progression of HIV and other chronic viral illnesses. It must be emphasized that research into the medicinal benefits of fenugreek is in its early stages.

Research into Fenugreek and Prostate Health


An intriguing abstract published in the John Hopkins University Research Profiles in August 2010. Verily it was found that fenugreek appeared to inhibit breast, pancreatic and prostate cancer cell lines. The abstract concluded that these studies add another biologically active agent to our arma-men-tarium of naturally occurring agents with therapeutic potential. According to Medicinal Herbs and Spices, fenugreek is rich in selenium, which may explain its potentially protective effect against a range of cancers including colon, lung and prostate.

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Cautions and Considerations


As noted by Herbal Remedies Info, most studies of fenugreek have occurred in India. As a result certain precautions should be taken. Although results of the research have been positive, the trials have been too small and random to draw firm conclusions. If you have an enlarged prostate or suffer from prostate cancer, you may want to discuss fenugreek with your doctor. Do not take fenugreek for any condition without first talking to your doctor. It can inhibit the absorption of other medications. If you are pregnant, then do not take supplemental fenugreek - although it is OK to eat foods containing it. Fenugreek, or Trigonella foenum-graecum, is a common flavoring agent and food product in Indian restaurants world over. This herb is available during winter season. In most of the homes in North India fresh Methi leaves are used in many ways. When kneaded with flour it makes excellent and tasty Parathas, Puris, and And Chapatis. Cooked with potatoes is favorite of many. Also when methi leaves, are cooked with diced carrots and tomatoes it makes an excellent and tasty vegetable along with parathas, puris etc. Also cold puris or parathas with freshly made carrot or potato vegetable with methi is always a mouth-watering combination.
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In Trinidad most of the population is unaware of this. We started making dried methi in packages now. Although it is widely used by all the Indian Restaurants the vast majority of population remains unaware of its pleasant taste, benefits and usage. Its dried seeds also have medicinal value and have been used traditionally to treat a variety of conditions. The seeds contain alkaloids, flavonoids and saponins that are responsible for its biological activity. Fenugreek supplements are generally safe to use, although gas, bloating and diarrhea may occasionally occur. They may also interfere with certain diabetes, blood-thinning and pain medications. Consult a doctor before using fenugreek and its supplements for medicinal purposes. However you are safe to use as part of your kitchen. Almost every week I will make Methi Parathas and methi Vegetable with carrot and tomatoes. This is besides using methi leaves as flavoring herb in every day cooking. This herb is available at Naipauls Extra Foods, Pooja Bhavan, and Little store. And if you do not see on the shelf then demand because it is buyers market. Buyers supposed to demand. I heard recently an entire supermarket has opened in Florida where all Indian and Chinese groceries are available in wide variety. I have yet to visit the place. I keep in my
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kitchen certain rare variety of herbs and spices that I use on day to day basis. And sometimes I need special herb for any particular dish. Certain items I keep for my Thai, Indo Chinese, and other regional Indian dishes.

Diabetes
Fenugreek seed extracts possess insulin-like properties and may help correct the metabolic changes associated with diabetes, according to a study published in the April 2008 issue of the journal Phytotherapy Research. Although, the results of the study suggests that fenugreek has potential for clinical application, the claims have been proven in laboratory animals only. Talk to a physician before using fenugreek supplements to treat diabetes.

Liver Health
Some other animal studies, such as the one published in the October 2008 edition of the journal Cell Biology and Toxicology, have shown that the polyphenols in the fenugreek seeds can protect the liver by preventing the pathological changes that occur in the liver due to alcohol consumption. As with diabetes, these claims have been proven in animals only and clinical trials are lacking. Use the supplements under the supervision of a doctor only.
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Cancer
Fenugreek seed extracts can inhibit the growth and proliferation of cancer cells in the breast and induce programmed cell death of the tumor cells. The seed extracts may have significant chemo-preventive action against breast cancer, according to an article in the August 2005 issue of the journal Cell Biology International. More research is, however, needed before fenugreek extracts replace the existing breast cancer treatments. Fenugreek extracts also exhibit considerable anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties in animal models, according to a May 2001 article in Phyto-therapy Research. The authors of the study hope that similar results might be seen in animal models as well. However, more research is needed. Until then, use fenugreek only under the supervision of a doctor.

Cholesterol
Fenugreek seeds help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and liver, preventing the formation of cholesterol gallstones, according to a study in the November 2009 issue of the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. Drugs.com also states that fenugreek can help lower serum cholesterol and
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triglyceride levels. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. However, do not use fenugreek without consulting a doctor.

Fenugreek Uses and Benefits 12 Health Benefits of Fenugreek


Fenugreek is an Indian herb ('Methi' in Hindi) and popular spice that is widely used for cooking but it can be used for medicinal purposes as well. The plant is a small annual leguminous herb belonging to the family of fabaceae that is commonly found growing in the Mediterranean region of the world. It is also known as Greek hay, fenugreek, bird's foot and Greek clover. Its scientific name is Trigonella foenum-graecum. Fenugreek is a very good remedy traditionally used to cure a wide range of disease. Let us see 12 healing benefits from this herb: Fenugreek therapeutic indications 12 major healing benefits:

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1. BAD CHOLESTEROL Scientific research suggests the use of fenugreek for bad cholesterol lowering. Animal studies showed that a supplement of fenugreek seeds is able to dissolve cholesterol gallstones in mice on a normal diet. Clinical studies have revealed that fenugreek reduces elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels in human blood. A supplement may lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), VLDL cholesterol with no change in HDL levels (good cholesterol). Many experts believe that the high amount of steroid saponins and galactomannan fiber contained in this healing herb induces hypo-cholestero-lemia in both animals and humans. 2. DIABETES Fenugreek seeds help lower level of glucose in the blood on type1 and type2 diabetes mellitus patients. The hypoglycemic effect is explained by the presence of several compounds in the seeds. The secretion of insulin from the pancreas is stimulated by an amino acid (4-hydroxyisoleucine). Substances such as gentianine, trigonelline, and carpaine are alkaloids
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found in seeds which antidiabetic activity.

produce

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Another natural substance called fenugreekine inhibits glucose transport and slows down food transit time. The slower the food is digested, the longer it takes for the sugar to enter the blood stream. Fortunately, this medicinal herb does not reduce sugar levels in healthy people who want to use it for its other curing properties! 3. BREAST MILK PRODUCTION Fenugreek is a very good galactogogue that is able to increase volume of breast milk in women who aren't producing enough milk! A steroid compound called diosgenin found in the plant is chemically similar to the female sex hormone estrogen and works as a growth stimulator for mammary glands within 24 to 72 hours after first taking the herb. 4. LOSS OF COMPLAITS APPETITE AND STOMACH

Fenugreek seeds have been used for loss of appetite, anorexia, dyspepsia (upset stomach or indigestion), gastritis, colic flatulence, diarrhea and chronic
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dysentery. Fenugreek tea or supplement promotes the appetite thanks to its bitter constituents. 5. CONSTIPATION Fenugreek adds bulk to the stool, gives a good motion and acts as a gentle bulk laxative. So, it is helpful in treating constipation. 6. CANCERS Studies suggest a potential protective effect of fenugreek seeds against some types of cancer. Some natural compounds contained in this potent healing herb are able to neutralize chemicals that cause breast cancer and prostate cancer. Saponins inhibit cancer cell proliferation and migration. 7. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE Fenugreek is commonly reported to lower blood pressure. But to tell the truth, there is no evidence that this herb has hypotensive properties. According to some reports, this natural remedy may raise blood pressure. In fact, fenugreek herbal supplements reduce potassium levels in the blood which can contribute to high blood pressure!
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8. LIVER INTOXICATION Fenugreek helps protect the liver against alcoholinduced damage, says S. Kaviarasan, lead author for a 2007 study published in Cell Biology and Toxicology. Fenugreek seed polyphenols has been proven to increase levels of antioxidant enzymes in the liver. This therapeutic action not only protects but repairs liver damage. 9. MUSCLES AND FAT TISSUES Fenugreek extract mimics the anabolic effects of testosterone and helps athletes build their strength. This medicinal plant promotes lean body mass and reduces fat tissue. 10. RESPIRATION PROBLEMS Fenugreek is traditionally used to soothe respiratory complaints. It is thought that it can help reduce bronchial congestion by decreasing mucus production. Many people around the world use this natural remedy to treat coughs, bronchitis, and sinus problems for this very reason.
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However, inhalation of the powder can cause asthma and allergic symptoms. Some mothers have reported that it worsened their asthma symptoms. 11. OVERWEIGHT First, as we have mentioned before, fenugreek has an anabolic effect that helps reduce fat intake in overweight people. Second, by reducing the sugar absorption in the stomach, it may be useful as a way to lose weight. There are a lot of testimonies that say that fenugreek tea help to lose weight. Some reports have said that fenugreek tea can help an overweight person to lose 3 or 4 pounds in just 2 weeks. 12. SKIN WOUNDS AND INFECTIONS Used topically, the seeds of fenugreek are very beneficial in the treatment of skin problems such as inflammation, redness, boils, abscesses, acne, dandruff, eczema, wounds, sunburns, wrinkles and gout. Thanks to its nourishing and hydrating properties, seeds oil helps against cracked skin.

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Where to get fenugreek?


Fenugreek seed capsules, seed powder, sprouts, tinctures and teas can be purchased in many health food stores and online.

Fenugreek Side Effects, Interaction and Precautions


SIDE EFFECTS: Fenugreek appears to be safe at recommended dosages (8 grams per day). However, high doses of more of 100 grams of seeds daily may cause intestinal distress (diarrhea, gas and upset stomach) and nausea. In addition, fenugreek can cause a maple syrup odor in urine and sweat. DRUG INTERACTIONS: General rule: Because fenugreek contains mucilage, it is not recommended to take it at the same time as other medications. Separate administration by an hour or two. Anticoagulants: Medications that slow blood clotting (blood thinners and antiplatelet drugs) interacts with fenugreek
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Diabetes medication: Taking fenugreek along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Iron: Fenugreek can interfere with iron absorption so people who have anemia should avoid it. Thyroid hormone: This medicinal plan can alter balances of various forms of thyroid hormones.

Precautions:
Asthma: The herb fenugreek has produced aggravated asthma disorders in some women Children: Fenugreek might be unsafe for children Pregnancy: This natural remedy has been used to aid and induce labor. When used in amounts greater than those in food, this herb can stimulate uterine contractions. Consultation with a doctor or health care provider is advisable before using fenugreek

Fenugreek Benefits for Men


Fenugreek is an herb that has outstanding therapeutic properties, according to natural medicine
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practices used all over the globe. Although fenugreek is well known for its ability to treat womens health concerns, there are several specific fenugreek benefits for men too. Increase Libido Chinese herbalists believe that the fundamentals of a healthy sex life lie in the kidneys, and that anything that promotes kidney health contributes to a heightened libido. Since fenugreek detoxifies the body and fortifies the kidneys, the herb has long been used as a natural aphrodisiac. Additionally, studies have shown that fenugreek has naturally occurring hormone like properties that may increase sexual desire and increase testosterone in a mans body. To start, consume 500-2,000 milligrams per day of fenugreek, adjusting the dose accordingly once the desired results are achieved. Lowering Cholesterol Men have also found fenugreek helpful in lowering their cholesterol levels. Due to the binding effects of the saponins in the herb, less cholesterol is absorbed into the arteries once it is administered. Always consult with your primary care physician first, however, because high cholesterol presents a very dangerous situation if not controlled properly. As a
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result, prescribed medications may be needed to lower these levels quicker. If it is deemed okay to try fenugreek, the recommended dose of this herb is 610 milligrams up to three times daily to aid in lowering cholesterol levels. Relieving Constipation Fenugreek is very rich in galactomannan, a fiber that has a sticky and binding property, making it useful in treating chronic constipation. Keep in mind, however, that not everyones body has the same response to this herb, so trying various concentrations and forms of fenugreek will help in determining which one is best for you. Start by grinding the plants seeds and sprinkling it on food. If the taste is too strong, steep the ground seeds in boiling water and drink the liquid two to three times a day. Remember to drink plenty of water when battling constipation. Decongestant Men, in particular, often suffer from congested lungs and a mucousy throat. The properties in fenugreek work side by side with the body to help keep the respiratory system clean and functioning properly. Mucilage, which is a thick, gluey substance found in fenugreek seeds, helps soothe irritated tissues in the throat and lungs. It also helps to flush pollutants out
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of the sinuses. To begin this regimen, take 950 milligrams of fenugreek, using the whole seeds or prepared capsules two times a day with meals. Prostate Health Several encouraging studies on the use of fenugreek benefits for men in the area of prostate health have been done recently. One study by Johns Hopkins University in 2010 found that the herb appeared to constrain pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancer cell lines. Since fenugreek is rich in selenium, it has a positive effect on the bodys ability to ward off these diseases. Crush the seeds and boil them in water, or drink a pre-made tea. Consuming ten to fifteen milliliters over a 72-hour period has shown to inhibit negative cell growth in the prostate and keep it healthy, too. The proper dosing of fenugreek always depends on numerous factors, such as a persons age, health history, and other conditions. Be sure to read the product labels thoroughly before administering this herb, and consult with a health care professional before using it. Fenugreek benefits for men are very practical and inexpensive to obtain, and can be worth the time and effort.

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