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Most Indians have close encounters of the culinary kind with Fenugreek or methi seeds very early in life. These seeds are remarkably bitter and have a marvellous aroma when roasted or fried in a little oil.

How did we start using these seeds, bitter as they are?

Fenugreek down history lane

Apparently, in the 1st century AD, the Romans flavoured wine with fenugreek. The use of fenugreek /methi in India is probably older than history itself; the leaves and the seeds of the herb are well entrenched in Indian cuisines from all parts of the country.

In West Bengal, for instance, methi seeds are used as ‘paanch phoron,’ one of five spices that are used to temper dishes. In fact, the aroma of these little mustard-coloured cuboids makes them a popular choice for the tempering of dals and chutneys. Methi seeds are also used whole or powdered in sambar powder in South India, and pickles in all parts of India.

Modern miracle seed

Fenugreek seeds were always around in Indian kitchens and traditional medicine cabinets. But in recent times, there has been a steady stream of information about the health benefits of fenugreek seeds as many people have ‘adopted’ this seed and reaped health benefits.

The most popular way of consuming fenugreek seeds is to boil them in water. This softens the seeds and releases their nutrients. It also reduces their extreme bitterness so that they are easier to chew and swallow. This requires a little getting used, of course, but the benefits far outstrip the initial distaste.

Fenugreek in water

Soaking fenugreek in water is recommended because it has water soluble minerals and fibre.

There are two ways to make methi/fenugreek water:

Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in 2 glasses, about 400ml, of water overnight.

Put 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a flask at bedtime. Add 2 glasses of boiling water into the flask. Screw on the lid. Let the seeds soak the whole night. Drink the water first thing in the morning. Chew up the seeds and swallow.

The second method is convenient and healthier. Of course, the seeds are bitter, but you will get used to it. After all, coffee and tea are bitter too; yet we drink them with devotion!

Health benefits of drinking ‘fenugreek water’:

Very beneficial to people with diabetes: Fenugreek encourages the slower absorption of sugars and also stimulates insulin. Diabetics and people on the borderline of diabetes will reap many benefits in drinking warm fenugreek water. Fenugreek seeds can also be powdered and added to dishes like idlis and dosas.

Aids digestion: Fenugreek seeds have mucilage, and the soaking process makes them mucilaginous. They coat and soothe the stomach and intestines. This property also makes fenugreek seeds a good choice for helping patients with acid reflux.

The water soluble fibre in fenugreek helps to relieve constipation.

Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, fenugreek seeds and water have been successfully incorporated into diets to treat ulcerative colitis.

Advantageous to kidney health: Fenugreek water, especially when drunk warm, flushes out the toxins from the body. That is why it is recommended as your wake-up elixir. It helps the kidneys to function and also reduces the risk of kidney stones.

Good for clear skin: Beautiful skin is never just skin-deep! Since fenugreek water aids in digestion and the flushing of toxins, it’s great for shiny, healthful, blemish-free skin. This is the beauty secret of the savvy few. Try it and join the club.

Slimming with this ‘magic water’: Experts recommend two glasses of warm fenugreek water to prevent water retention in the body. So, no bloating! Fenugreek also suppresses the appetite. In fact, dieticians recommend drinking this magic potion at least twice a day.

Anti-inflammatory: Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of fenugreek, this decoction benefits sufferer from arthritis, chronic coughs, bronchitis, mouth ulcers, boils, etc.

Keeps your heart beating: This is the reason why chewing and swallowing the fenugreek seeds is recommended in addition to drinking the water. Fenugreek reduces the risk of cardio-vascular disease by controlling LDL cholesterol.

Fenugreek seeds are a woman’s good friend: Fenugreek contains diosgenin which helps decrease menstrual cramps and increase the flow of milk in lactating mothers.…

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Mustard seeds, also called Sarso or Rai in Hindi & Gujarati, Katuku in Tamil and Malayalam, Avalu in Telugu, Sarisa in Bengali, Sasive in Kannada and Mohari in Marathi, is a magical spice that can not only enhance the taste of food but is extremely healthy too. Since ages, mustard seeds have been known for their medicinal properties. And why not? It is a super spice packed with a variety of elements that can boost the overall health.

Nutritional value of mustard

Mustard is very rich in phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. No wonder then that mustard is called a magic spice. Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of mustard seeds in detail.

  1. Mustard seeds contain vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, Vitamin B-6 and pantothenic acid which positively impact the nervous system function and body’s metabolism.
  2. Vitamin B-3 found in mustard helps in lowering blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  3. Mustard seeds also boast of Vitamin-E which is a soluble antioxidant and is responsible for protecting the skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  4. Mustard seeds are rich in flavonoid and carotenoid antioxidants.
  5. Small traces of vitamin antioxidants are also present in mustard.
  6. Various minerals such as Calcium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Selenium and Zinc are also found in mustard.

Health benefits of Mustard

  1. Provides relief from the respiratory issues: Mustard readily cures sinus issues.
  2. Cures migraine problem: Due to the presence of a good amount of magnesium in mustard seeds, it cures the migraine problem.
  3. Cures Asthma: Mustard provides relief to Asthma patients as the various minerals present in this spice help in preventing Asthma attacks.
  4. Relieves joint pain: Selenium and magnesium found in mustard provide relief from joint pain.
  5. Reduces constipation: The seeds contain mucilage which helps in reducing constipation.
  6. Reduces hypertension: It regulates blood flow and thus, prevents the incidents of hypertension.
  7. Prevents piles and fissures development: Being a good source of dietary fibre, it improves the bowel movement and metabolism of the body. This also results in prevention of piles and fissures.
  8. Treats cancer: The seeds contain glucosinolates and myrosinase which help in fighting different tumours and prohibit the growth of cancer cells.
  9. Provides menopausal relief: Presence of magnesium and calcium provides menopausal relief too.

Other benefits of mustard

Apart from the above, mustard is beneficial for the skin. It slows the ageing process and fights various skin infections. This is due to the presence of Sulphur which has anti-fungal properties. Mustard strengthens hair too and limits hair fall.

Organic mustard from Terragreens

Well, when the normal mustard seeds are so good, one cannot imagine how good the organic mustard seeds could be. In fact, Terragreens’ Organic Mustard can offer much more benefits because it is certified under NPOP and NOP standards of organic certification.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and buy Terragreens’ organic mustard and see its magic in your food as well as on your health.

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Source by Karthik Guduru

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