Health Benefits and side effects of Fenugreek tea (Methi tea)

By Dr. Sachin Singh | 27th Oct 2021

Health Benefits and side effects of Fenugreek tea (Methi tea)

We find “Methi/ Fenugreek” on our kitchen shelves very commonly. Apart from imparting taste to our food, Fenugreek has many potential benefits to our body. In recent times Fenugreek tea has been gaining popularity due to the wide health benefits it provides to us.

Let us learn more about Fenugreek before diving into the pool of benefits it provides. 

Fenugreek (biological name Trigonella foenum-graecum belonging to the Fabaceae family) is a herb commonly used as a spice in various cuisines of North Africa and West Asia. It is widely used in the cosmetic and soap industry due to its rich fragrance property. Fenugreek tea is also known as Methi tea is a widely used traditional remedy for people with diabetes and for lactating mothers as it improves lactation support after childbirth.

Now you can get the information on the amazing benefits of Fenugreek tea

8 Amazing benefits of Fenugreek tea

Fenugreek tea benefits our health in a variety of ways, here are 7 amazing benefits of Fenugreek tea we can’t miss out on.

1) Improves digestion

Methi has been used for ages to treat digestion-related problems in the gastrointestinal tract. It is a water-soluble fibre, when added to the tea reaches the stomach and neutralizes the acidity hence curing peptic ulcers.

2) Promotes weight loss

Let’s ditch our boring everyday tea with Fenugreek tea! Consuming Fenugreek tea prevents fat deposition in the adipose tissue and is hence useful to people for getting rid of fat deposition. It also improves body metabolism, hence fenugreek tea is recommended by dieticians to reverse high-fat levels in the body.

3) Remedy for diabetes

Studies have shown that fenugreek tea helps to maintain proper insulin levels in the body and minimizes the risk of hyperglycemia in diabetic patients. Consuming Methi tea at least once a day improves lipid metabolism and benefits people suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus.

4) For asthma patients

To all the people experiencing breathing disorders, Fenugreek tea is a boon in disguise.

Fenugreek tea benefits people suffering from asthma by providing respiratory relief, it also benefits sore throat and is often used to treat colds and coughs.

5) Enhance brain health

In this modern era where we deal with extreme mental pressure, Fenugreek comes as our saviour.

Methi is believed to improve brain functioning and also benefit memory. Therefore it is recommended for Alzheimer’s patients where fenugreek tea benefits by improving the mental health of the patient.

6) Improve male sexual health

Fenugreek tea benefits men suffering from libido by increasing testosterone levels, it also improves stamina and energy in men.

7) Maintains hormonal balance

The discomforts caused during menstruation are immense due to the hormonal imbalance that female experiences.

Females who consume Fenugreek tea experience less severe discomfort during menstruation. 

8) Skin benefits

Fenugreek is a herb with impressive benefits, it detoxifies the blood and makes blood free from harmful toxins. So to all the ladies out there, it’s time to replace traditional tea with Fenugreek tea for getting clearer and brighter skin.

Fenugreek tea recipe

It’s simple! Even simpler than our traditional milk tea.

Making a cup of Methi tea is a simple task,  collect the compounds mentioned below and follow the steps given thereafter-

Materials required fenugreek tea

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon methi seeds
  • A cup of water
  • Tulsi leaves
  • Teabags or regular tea leaves

After collecting all the above materials make sure to follow the following steps to get the perfect cup of your fenugreek tea!

  1. Pulverize Methi seeds into powder-like particles, this can be done either manually or by using a blender
  2. Now take a bowl with hot water, and mix honey, methi seeds, tulsi leaves, and tea leaves in it.
  3. Cover the bowl mixed with all the contents and allow it to stand still for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Strain the above contents using a sieve
  5. Transfer the remaining content to a cup and enjoy your methi tea.

Can too much Fenugreek tea harm you?

Recommended dose- 3 cups per day

Despite too many Fenugreek tea benefits, excess consumption of the tea can even lead to adverse effects.

If any person experiences allergic reactions like rhinitis, coughing, wheezing, itching, or sudden temperature rise in the body then the person should stop the consumption of methi tea thereafter.

In the case of pregnancy, it is better to look for another alternative than methi tea, as its potential to cause harm to the fetus and malformation in the development have been seen in some cases.

It is useful in diabetes, due to its potential to lower blood glucose levels. But excessive use of this can cause hypoglycemia. Which can further lead to hypoglycaemic coma if not checked at the right time.

Methi is responsible for the delay in blood clotting, hence it is advised to stop the consumption of methi tea before surgery to avoid excessive blood loss from the body. Fenugreek, being a potent anticoagulant should never be consumed along with warfarin or heparin as this could lead to severe blood loss from the body.

Fenugreek can potentially cause liver toxicity, it is completely restricted for use in patients suffering from liver complications.

6 Fenugreek side-effects you must know

Before sipping a cup of methi tea let us see the potential risk that can be seen in the consumption of Fenugreek tea.

  • Consuming this tea can lead to stomach upset followed by stomach pain in the upper abdominal region
  • Fenugreeks are unsafe for children and should be avoided to be served to children.
  • Sometimes, in very rare cases people consuming methi experience pungent-smelling sweat and urine flow. This side effect is usually seen due to the aromatic nature of Fenugreek and disappears, as the concentration reduces in the body.
  • It is a potent uterine stimulant, hence should not be given to a pregnant female. Fenugreek can stimulate uterine contraction even when the fetus is not completely developed.
  • Fenugreek can sometimes lead to nausea, vomiting, or bloating.
  • Use of Fenugreek along with diabetes medications is strictly prohibited as it can increase the risk of hypoglycemic coma.

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