Nature’s Winter Shield – Fenugreek Leaves

Fenugreek leaves, also known as ‘Methi ki bhaaji’ in Hindi, a seasonal green leafy vegetable is a nature provided a shield to protect us during winters. Fenugreek leaves are eaten in India as a vegetable. According to Ayurveda, it is known to produce heat in the body which protects our body during harsh winters by stabilizing body temperature. Every alternate meal should have a serving of one green leafy vegetable and fenugreek leaves is one of the best during winters. In South Asian cooking, the leaves, both fresh and dried, are used to flavour curries, dals, rotis and all sort of vegetarian dishes.

Fenugreek leaves help maintain blood sugar levels, assists in weight loss, lowers bad cholesterol, improves good cholesterol, improves digestion, treats heartburn/acid-reflux, cures respiratory allergies/congestion, relieves arthritis pain, fights kidney issues, increases milk production in lactating mothers, stabilizes body temperature. Fenugreek is taken by mouth for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, inflammation of the stomach (gastritis).

Fenugreek is also used for diabetes, menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, arthritis, poor thyroid function, and obesity. It is also used for conditions that affect heart health such as “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis) and for high blood levels of certain fats including cholesterol and triglycerides.
Fenugreek is used for kidney ailments, a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi, mouth ulcers, boils, bronchitis, infection of the tissues beneath the surface of the skin (cellulitis), tuberculosis, chronic coughs, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and exercise performance.

Try Methi involved veggies like Aloo Methi, Malai Methi Matar, Plain Methi Sabji, Methi-Besan or other recipes like Methi Muthiya, Methi-Dal/ Methi-Paruppu, Methi Paratha etc.
It is best to consume fenugreek leaves preferable during winters over other seasons.

Fenugreek Leaves Nutrition Facts
Per 100g

Energy 49 kcl
Proteins 4.4 g
Fat 0.9 g
Moisture 86.1 g
Phytosterols 140 mg

Vitamin A 60 IU
Vitamin C 52 mg
Thiamin 322 mcg
Riboflavin 366 mcg
Niacin 0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 600 mcg
Folate 57 mcg

Calcium 395 mg
Iron 1.93 mg
Magnesium 33 mg
Phosphorus 51 mg
Potassium 31 mg
Sodium 76.1 mg
Manganese 0.23 mg
Selenium 6.3 mcg