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What are the health benefits of Fenugreek leaves ?

Scientifically called Trigonella Foenum-Graecum and commonly known as Fenugreek in English, it is a plant which is often used as an herb as well as a spice. This plant belongs to the Fabaceae family of plants. It is a semi-arid crop found almost everywhere in the world. The leaves of this plant are used for cooking purpose as well as medicinal purpose, whereas the seeds of this plant are commonly used in cooking. Fenugreek plant is produced in countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Egypt, with India leading the production. Fenugreek derives its name from a Latin word “Greek Hay”.
For culinary purposes, Fenugreek leaves are used widely in all parts of the world. They are used to garnish the cuisine as well as to add flavor to the food. In Northern parts of India, specifically Punjab, Fenugreek leaves are mixed with flour to make delicious bread known as Paranthas.
Fenugreek leaves are very healthy as they contain vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, Iron. All these are very essential to maintain a strong body. The deficiency of Iron causes Anemia, and Fenugreek is very rich in Iron. Adding fenugreek to your diet will help your body in the formation of blood cells, hence curing anemia. So Fenugreek is of much benefit to those suffering from Anemia. Fenugreek forms a home remedy for many problems. It has a very nutritious and rejuvenating effect on the body. A teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds and a regular intake of Fenugreek leaves in your daily diet can help you fight against fatigue and any types of aches.
It is great supplement for your hair. Fenugreek added with curd when applied on hair, leaves your hair smooth and makes it strong. Regular use of this mixture gives a dense black color to your hair. Also a mixture of fenugreek leaves and coconut milk is beneficial for the scalp. It helps maintain the natural color of the hair preventing it from greying early, strengthens hair and promotes hair growth. For acne and pimple prone skin, a paste of Fenugreek leaves mixed with turmeric is a good remedy. This paste is also good for preventing blackheads.
Consumption of Fenugreek leaves regularly maintains your body temperature and helps your digestive system in working efficiently. Fenugreek is so healthy that even mouth ulcers can be treated by regularly gargling with water in which Fenugreek leaves have been soaked. This also helps in treating a sore throat. Fenugreek contains amino acids which are useful in maintaining the insulin level and hence helps fight diabetes. For women Fenugreek is a great source of maintaining regular periods and regular intake of Fenugreek reduces the chances of menopause at an early age.
The content of choline present in Fenugreek makes your memory sharp and it acts as an anti aging agent as well. Mucilage content is quite high in fenugreek. This helps in curing diarrhea. Many people suffer from body odor and bad breath. The best remedy for this problem is Fenugreek leaves. The regular consumption of Fenugreek limits the growth of bacteria (that cause odor) and hence prevents body odor and bad breath.
A kidney stone is a very common problem faced by many people. The kidney stones are caused due to the increasing amount of calcium oxalate in the kidneys. The amount of calcium oxalate is reduced by taking Fenugreek in your daily diet substantially reducing the chances of kidney stones. When taken with lemon and honey, fenugreek acts as a medicine for lowering the body temperature during fever. This bitter tasting plant has many uses and has proved to be very effective for various problems when taken in adequate quantity.

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