Have you recently been into Bindi and tried one of our new curries, ( not new to Indian cusine but new to our restaurant) it's our Chicken Methi (chicken with Fenugreek). It is made from succulent pieces of chicken breast served in a spiced tomato and feugreek sauce.
It is not only delicious but vert very healthy. What many people don't know is that fenugreek is one of the very ancient superfoods. An Indian household cannot do without methi or fenugreek seeds and leaves. It is used in almost every Indian preparation. But what you might not also know is that methi or fenugreek is a rich reservoir of medicinal properties that imparts many health benefits. Here are 15 reasons why you should include methi n your diet more often.
- Lowers blood cholesterol
They are known to be rich source of steroidal saponins that prevent the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Reduces risk of heart disease
Due to the presence of galactomannan, fenugreek plays a key role in maintain your heart health. It also contains high amount of potassium that counters the action of sodium to help control heart rate and blood pressure.
- Controls blood sugar levels
Diabetic must include methi (either in the form of seeds or leaves) in their diet. Because galactomannan, a natural soluble fibre present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood. It also contains amino acid responsible for inducing the production of insulin.
- Aids digestion
As fenugreek is rich in fibre and antioxidants, it helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body and thus, aids digestion.
- Helps counter acid reflux or heartburn
One teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in your food can be an effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburn
- Helps you ose weight
Include fenugreek in your weight loss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. The natural soluble fibre in the fenugreek can swell and fill the stomach thereby suppressing your appetite.
- Remedy for fever and sore throat
Fenugreek, when taken with a teaspoon of lemon and honey, can work wonders to reduce fever by nourishing the body.
- Increases breast milk production in lactating women
Fenugreek ranks high among the ‘must haves’ for nursing mothers. This is due to the presence of diosgenin in the spice which increases milk production in lactating mothers.
- Induces and eases child-birth
Fenugreek has been known to be helpful in inducing childbirth by stimulating uterine contractions. It also reduces labour pain.
- Helps reduce menstrual discomfort
Fenugreek contains compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones with oestrogen-like properties which help reduce symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps associated with PMS. These compounds also ease symptons of menopause
- Helps increase breast size
The oestrogen-like property of fenugreek can help in breast enlargement by balancing hormones in women.
- Helps prevent colon cancer
The fibre content (saponins, mucilage, etc.) of fenugreek binds to toxins in the food and flush them out.
- Helps soothe skin inflammation and reduces scars
While Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant, fenugreek also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that aid in the treatment of various skin problems like burns, boils and
- Helps treat skin problems
Fenugreek or methi can be used in face packs to help prevent blackheads, pimples, wrinkles, etc. Washing your face with water boiled with fenugreek seeds or applying a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves for twenty minutes on your face can work wonders for your skin.
- Can help resolve hair problems
Using fenugreek as a part of your diet or as a paste to directly apply on your hair makes your hair shiny and black.
Come and join us for a delicious curry and at the same time reap the benefits.