Fenugreek seeds might be useful in constipation. Fenugreek seeds have a high content of soluble fiber called mucilage. When this soluble fiber absorbs water in the intestines, it swells up and increases the bulk in the stool. This triggers contractions in the intestine and pushes the stool smoothly. Thus, consuming Fenugreek seeds along with water eases constipation.
But… wait! the benefits of Fenugreek seeds (methi in Hindi) don’t end with just stool. Methi dana is also packed with a host of essential nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, and soluble and insoluble fibers. Hence, fenugreek seeds have been used in various forms to battle a wide range of common ailments. These tiny wondrous seeds can also facilitate weight loss when consumed correctly.
Methi seeds for weight loss
Since fenugreek seeds are loaded with fibers, it helps in curbing your appetite and leave you feeling full for a longer duration of time. Galactomannan, a water-soluble fiber increases the feeling of satiety as it swells up and fills the stomach. This also prevents you from overeating or binge eating.
How to use methi seeds to lose weight
If you do not mind the bitter taste of fenugreek seeds, you can chew a teaspoon of methi seeds twice a day. Alternatively, you can soak one tablespoon of methi seeds in two glasses of water and leave them overnight. You can drink this concoction on an empty stomach as soon as you wake up, the next day. This will induce a feeling of satiety and fight to bloat and other digestive ailments.
Recipe: Methi Dana
If you plan on introducing fenugreek seeds into your diet regularly, we suggest the following method:
1. Heat the fenugreek seeds on a pan
2. Grind the seeds into a fine powder
3. You can mix 1 teaspoon of this powder with warm water and drink it first thing in the morning
4. You can also use this powder in your curries and tea for an enhanced flavor and added health benefits
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Remember that methi seeds should be used only in small quantities while preparing herbal concoctions as they are hot in nature. We also advise speaking to a medical practitioner before eating fenugreek supplements in abundance. This is especially important for pregnant and lactating women as these seeds contain compounds that can stimulate contractions.