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How to Eat Fenugreek Seeds to Increase Milk Supply
Fenugreek Seeds are one of the Galactogogues i.e. they help in increase in breast milk supply. In some countries where the fenugreek is not produced, women use the fenugreek supplements. But the most effective are fenugreek leaves and dry fenugreek seeds.
Fenugreek contains iron which produces red blood cells, while the fiber and potassium help in controlling blood pressure. It also contains alkaloids, Vitamin C and steroidal sapiens. Each 100 gram of seeds, provide 323 calories which are extremely beneficial to human body, especially for women. It has got properties which are useful for pregnant ladies and new lactating mothers as well.
Benefits of Fenugreek for Breastfeeding Moms
Increases Breast Milk
Fenugreek seeds contain Dysgenic, which generates milk production in lactating mothers. Make regular use of Methi/Fenugreek Seeds/Fenugreek Leaves in your diet for an increase in milk production. It is probably the most important herb for new mothers. To make the bitter taste of Methi palatable, try Methi Paratha, Methi Thalipith, Theplas, Methi Khakra. Also always keep a stock of sprouted Methi seeds in Kitchen and make use of it in Kadhi, Dal, Khichadi, etc.
Read: How to Increase Breast Milk Supply?
Eases Menstrual Discomfort
The female body is prone to suffer from an iron deficiency. Fenugreek is recommended to battle this deficit as it is a rich source of iron. It should be taken with potatoes or tomatoes so that our body absorbs that iron. Fenugreek also contains Dysgenic- a property which reduces the menstrual cramps and discomfort during periods.
Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds for Expectant Women
Eases Child Birth
Fenugreek seeds are great for reducing labor pain if it is taken during pregnancy. Child birth also becomes easy as it stimulates uterine contractions. But it can also be harmful to the mother if taken in large quantities and will increase the risk of miscarriage or premature birth.
Relief from Heartburn
Fenugreek seeds contain Mucilage which coats the lining of intestine and stomach, strengthening the irritated gastrointestinal tissue. It is very effective for heartburn and acid reflux.
Other Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Fenugreek is a good source of Potassium and it helps combat the excess of sodium which controls blood pressure and heart diseases.
Fenugreek helps to relief from indigestion and removes the harmful toxins from our body. It also helps to cure constipation.
Fenugreek reduces the level of cholesterol in our body. Specifically, works magic on LDL [low density lipoprotein] which is responsible for transport of cholesterol in our body.
in water before consuming.
Fenugreek contains Galactomannan, which is a natural soluble fiber. It slows the rate of absorption of sugar in our blood. It also contains Amino Acid which produces insulin which is important for a diabetic person.
Helps to Lose Weight
The soaked fenugreek seeds can be consumed in morning on an empty stomach. The soluble fiber in the seeds swells up and makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time and reduces your appetite.
Treats Skin Problems
Fenugreek is great for curing skin problems. It prevents the appearance of wrinkles, pimples, blackheads, etc. If used in face packs fenugreek seeds can help cure many skin problems. However, before applying the paste of fresh fenugreek leaves on the skin, try a small patch first to know whether it suits your skin or not.
Cures Sore Throat and Fever
Fenugreek seeds when taken with one tablespoon of honey and lemon reduce fever. The Mucilage in the seeds helps in relief from a sore throat and cough.
Reduces Hair Problems
Boiled fenugreek when soaked in the coconut oil overnight and then massaged into the scalp, can help to reduce hair fall and thinning. It also works in keeping dandruff at bay. The paste of fenugreek leaves can be applied directly to your hair to make it shiny. Do try on a patch first to make sure it suits you.
Prevents Colon Cancer
The content of fiber in fenugreek sticks to the toxins in the food we eat and removes it from our body which prevents the mucous membrane of the colon to form cancer.
How to Use Fenugreek Seeds: Guide for New Nursing Moms
Fenugreek Seeds are very bitter in taste, you should sprout them. The reason to sprout the seeds is not only it’s tastier and less bitter but also because it is very healthier. Sprouting increases the nutrients of Fenugreek Seeds.
How to Make Sprouts from seeds
1. Take the dry seeds, then Soak the seeds in water overnight.
2. Tie in a Cotton cloth for next 12 hrs
3. Your sprouts which are way less bitter in taste are ready to fry.
Easy Fenugreek Seeds Sprouts Fry Recipe
1) Fry onion in one tablespoon of oil. Then add garlic and Tomatoes. Fry it well.
2) Later, add Salt, turmeric, chili powder.
3) Lastly, add sprouted Methi seeds. Cook and serve with Chapati/bread.
The sprouted form of the herb reduces bitterness to a great extent and frying with onion tomatoes makes it tasty.
FAQ of Fenugreek for Breastfeeding Moms
Reference: Kelly Mom
1) How long does it take for Fenugreek to Increase Milk Supply?
According to mothers who have used the fenugreek seeds during breastfeeding, they saw increase in milk production 1-3 days after starting the seeds. However, depending on your body, it may take up to two weeks as well to see a change. Please note, some mothers who tried this herb, do not observe any change in milk production. Thus, an increase is not guaranteed but possible.
2) Are there any side effects of intake of Fenugreek seeds for Breastfeeding?
Unfortunately, there are certain side effects to the ever resourceful fenugreek. Some moms have noticed that their baby became fussy and/or had green, watery stools when they took fenugreek and fed their offspring. The symptoms went away when they stopped fenugreek consumption. Fenugreek can cause Gastro-intestinal problems in moms like an upset stomach, diarrhea, etc. Thus, it is possible for it to cause the same issues for the baby too. Avoid consuming it if you are allergic to chickpea or peanuts if you suffer from diabetes, hypoglycemia or asthma.
3) How do I eat Fenugreek seeds to increase Milk Supply?
The best way to consume fenugreek seeds is to soak and use the sprouts. You can sauté the sprouts and use them in salads. Or you can lightly roast the seeds and ground them roughly. Then boil the powder in water to make a tea.
4) I have seen Fenugreek Tablets in the market. Should I use them?
The original herb, its leaves and seeds are much safer and nutritious than their supplements. Therefore, it is recommended to use the herb directly rather than rely on pills.
A Simple Recipe: Fenugreek Seeds Sprouts/ Fresh Green Leaves
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 small finely chopped onion
• 1-2 finely chopped green chilies
• 3 finely chopped cloves of garlic
• 2 medium sized potatoes
• 1 medium sized chopped tomato
• 1 bunch of fresh fenugreek leaves / Fenugreek Seeds Sprouts
• ½ tablespoon turmeric powder
• Red chili powder as per your taste
• ½ tablespoon coriander powder
• Salt to taste.
Step 1: Cut the fenugreek leaves and wash them at least 2-3 times so that all the mud is removed. OR Take Fenugreek Sprouts (Recipe Explained above)
Step 2: Now place the leaves in a bowl and put some salt on them, mix it well and keep aside.
Step 3: Take a vessel and heat oil in it.
Step 4: Add finely chopped onions and let them become soft. Then add green chilies and garlic to it. Stir for about 2-3 minutes.
Step 5: Add peeled and cubed potato and let it cook. Stir occasionally.
Step 6: Drain all the water from the fenugreek leaves, add it to the potatoes and mix it well.
Step 7: Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt and mix it well. Cover the vessel and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes.
Step 8: Now open the lid of the vessel and add chopped tomatoes, mix it well and turn off the gas. Let it rest for about 5-10 minutes.
Step 9: Tasty and healthy Aloo Methi is ready.
In India, Fenugreek or Methi leaves and seeds are used widely in curries, dals, meats and many other dishes. It not only provides aroma and flavor, but also enriches and enhances the texture of dishes. The seeds of fenugreek can be used as a spice. The fresh or dried leaves can be used as an herb while the sprouts are among the pulses in our kitchen.
Fenugreek is a very healthy herb and even doctors advice people to have it regularly. It is crucial for each member of the family. It can be a boon for lactatingmothers. If you have garden in front of your house then you can even grow your own fenugreek there. It’s very easy as well as cheap to grow fenugreek in your own garden and enjoy its benefits whenever required to make your family’s health better.