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Top Seed: All about fenugreek (methi) seeds

The bitter fenugreek (methi) seeds lend a distinct taste to mango pickles and preparations like kadhi and sambhar. Fenugreek leaves and seeds are also used extensively to prepare extracts for medicinal uses. Their medicinal properties have been described in Greek, Latin and Ayurvedic literature.

Top Seed: All about fenugreek seeds

They are good for diabetics and weight-watchers, and have cholesterol-lowering, cancer-preventing, anti-ulcer, anti-fertility, anti-microbial and anti-parasitic properties. They also protect against liver damage.

Decoction (concentration by boiling) of fenugreek seeds is known to reduce glucose levels in blood and urine, and help relieve symptoms of diabetes. For better effects, powdered seeds can be taken by mixing with water or buttermilk 15 minutes before a meal.

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