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Amazing Benefits Of Eating Dried Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi)

By Sripriya Satish

What medicinal herb comes to your mind when we talk about curing the various ailments that affect us in today's world? Maybe basil or mint leaves!

But if you had missed out on fenugreek leaves then knowing its amazing benefits on health can easily make you vouch for it!

Many of us are well versed about the health benefits of green fenugreek leaves, its seeds and its powder, but very few know about what benefits the dry fenugreek leaves have for our health.

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You have a bad body ache or have problems with your bowel movement, then for such conditions, dried fenugreek leaves are very helpful.

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The dried fenugreek leaves can be stored in a cool dry place for about six months. Also the dried fenugreek leaves are easily available in the market.

Come on readers let us explore the immense medicinal benefits which dried fenugreek leaves can offer. Take a look.

Improves Bowel Movement:

This bitter tasting medicinal herb, popularly known as kasuri methi can go a long way in improving one's bowel movement. It effectively treats constipation. Let us see how!

Kasuri methi boasts of high soluble fibre content and acts as a laxative. When soluble fibres enter the intestine, they absorb water, thus growing larger in size. Their large size puts pressure on the intestine and forces the stool to pass out comfortably.

Also, soluble fibres add bulk to the stools which make it softer. Thus consuming dried fenugreek leaves can make the stools to pass out easily. It also helps in treating gastric and other intestinal problems.

Good For The Heart:

One of the major benefits of these leaves is that your heart simply loves the consumption of them. It reduces the risk of blood clotting in the heart.

Clotting in the heart may lead to massive heart attacks and strokes. Also, your heart gets shielded from other chronic ailments like atherosclerosis which is a condition of hardening of the arteries.

Lowers Cholesterol Level:

Kasuri methi is known to cut down cholesterol levels and will be of immense help to people with lipid fluctuations. LDL and triglyceride levels are also cut down by these amazing leaves all the while pulling up the HDL levels.

Good For Diabetes:

Usually bitter tasting herbs are good for people suffering from diabetes and kasuri methi is no exception. Being rich in anti-diabetic elements, this spice can take care of the glucose metabolism in our system and can control and treat type II diabetes efficiently.

A good news is that it can replace the medicine used to treat diabetes called gilbenclamide by balancing blood glucose homeostasis and reducing cellular insulin resistance.

Flushes Out Waste:

One of the important uses of this herb is that it helps to flush out the toxins from our body and helps to clean the intestine. Flushing out toxins from our system also helps to get a clear and blemish-free skin.

A Word Of Caution!

Though this medicinal herb is packed with a lot of health benefits it also has certain side effects, some of which are listed below:

Uterine Contractions In Pregnant Women: Dried fenugreek leaves contain oxytocin which is an effective uterus stimulant. Sometimes, consumption of these leaves beyond the required amount may lead to induced labour. So, pregnant women should watch out for the negative results when this herb is consumed.

Allergies: You should give up on the consumption of fenugreek leaves if you develop certain allergies like breathlessness, fainting, rashes, etc.

Unsafe For Children: Certain children may develop diarrhoea or may lose consciousness. So it is better not to give this herb to small children.

Aggravates Asthma And Leads To Thyroid Dysfunction: According to reports, there is a majority of men who complained of aggravated asthma and improper functioning of the thyroid.

So, it is better to get medical advice before beginning to consume kasuri methi.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 8:30 [IST]
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