Fenugreek Spice can Help Manage Diabetes or prediabetes Better!

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Discover How a  Simple Spice can Help Manage Diabetes Naturally

fenugreek1_mFenugreek, an aromatic plant is used both as culinary (fenugreek is a key ingredient of curries) as well as medicinal.

Fenugreek plant is widely grown in South Asia, North Africa and parts of the Mediterranean. It is sold as a vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens), as a herb, and seeds in powdered form as a spice.

While it is highly popular as a cooking ingredient, it is widely used in both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine as a herb.

It is also used as a flavoring agent in imitation maple syrup, foods, beverages, and tobacco.

How Does it Help Manage Diabetes?

Many studies have investigated the anti-diabetic benefits of fenugreek and several clinical trials showed that fenugreek seeds can improve most metabolic symptoms associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in humans by lowering blood glucose levels and improving glucose tolerance.

Fenugreek also appears to slow absorption of sugars in the stomach and stimulate insulin which helps in lowering blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Fenugreek seeds may be helpful to people with diabetes due to fiber content and phytochemicals that slow digestion and the body’s absorption of carbohydrates and sugar. Some Scientists and researchers believe that the seeds may also help to improve the way the body uses sugar and increase the amount of insulin released.

Studies have shown that fenugreek is effective at lowering post-meal blood sugar levels. Longer-term studies suggest that regular use may also be able to reduce hemoglobin A1c, which is a reflection of overall blood sugar levels over a period of several months. Hemoglobin A1c is an important measure of whether someone has diabetes or can be used to judge how well diabetes is controlled.

Fenugreek seeds contain alkaloids (mainly trigonelline) and protein high in lysine and L-tryptophan. Fenugreek has several components, including saponins, alkaloids, and high fiber content, which comprise 50% of the seed. The saponins are believed to inhibit cholesterol absorption and synthesis, while the fiber may help lower blood sugar levels.

Scientific Evidence about Fenugreek and it’s Impact on Diabetes!

stopdiabetes_s As per the PubMed.gov (US National Library of Medicine), a study called “Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and lipid profiles in type 2 diabetic patients” was conducted and the summary of this study is as follow:

– A daily dose of 10 grams of fenugreek seeds soaked in hot water or mixed with yoghurt was given to test subjects.

– Weight, FBS, HbA(1)C, total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and food records were measured before and after the study.

– The differences observed in food records, BMI and serum variables were analyzed using paired-t-test and t-student and P<or=0.05 was considered as significant.

– Study findings showed that FBS, TG and VLDL-C decreased significantly (25 %, 30 % and 30.6 % respectively) after taking fenugreek seed soaked in hot water whereas there were no significantly changes in lab parameters in cases consumed it mixed with yoghurt.

As per the study, the conclusion is taking fenugreek seed soaked in hot water may be helpful in controlling diabetes.

 

Another study suggests that eating baked goods, such as bread, made with fenugreek flour may help to reduce insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes.

Clinical research in people with diabetes has been performed on both a fenugreek extract and on soaked fenugreek seeds showing improvements in fasting blood sugar and insulin sensitivity (Gupta et al. 2001 and Madar et al. 1988).

As per diabetes.co.uk, researchers in India found that adding 100 grams of defatted fenugreek seed powder to the daily diet of patients with insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes significantly reduced their fasting blood glucose levels, improved glucose tolerance and also lowered total cholesterol, LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides.

How Safe is it?

The amounts of fenugreek used in cooking are generally considered safe. When taken in large doses, reported side effects may include gas and bloating.

Fenugreek may react with medications that treat blood clotting disorders. If you’re on any type of medication, talk to your doctor before taking fenugreek. Your diabetes medication doses may need to be reduced while on fenugreek to avoid low blood sugar.

Other Benefits of Fenugreek

Here are the potential benefits of taking fenugreek:

  • A rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Protect body cells from the damages caused by free radicals
  • It may help stimulate product of breast milk following child birth
  • It may help with high cholesterol, arthritis, skin problems and stomach problems.

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References:

  1. www.diabetes.co.uk/natural-therapies/fenugreek.html
  2. www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/fenugreek-blood-sugar#3
  3. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19839001
  4. www.doctoroz.com/article/fenugreek-fact-sheet
  5. www.diabetesaction.org/site/PageServer?pagename=complementary_july_06
  6. www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2090006
  7. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/724058
  8. www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-733-fenugreek.aspx?activeingredientid=733&activeingredientname=fenugreek

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