Include Fenugreek(methi)in your Diet- Reduce Blood Sugars

Include Fenugreek(methi)in your Diet- Reduce Blood Sugars

Fenugreek or foenum-graecum, is a crop plant grown as a pot herb and for the spice made from its seeds. The fenugreek plant grows wild from the eastern Mediterranean area to China; it is cultivated worldwide. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed).

Pre-clinical and clinical studies have demonstrated the antidiabetic properties of fenugreek seeds. The fiber-rich fraction of fenugreek seeds can lowered blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, and to a lesser extent, for lowering blood cholesterol. Additionally, the soluble fiber content of fenugreek may play a role in aiding weight control.

The active constituents in fenugreek are alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan. It also contains steroidal saponins (diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin) and mucilaginous fiber which are believed to be responsible for many of the beneficial effects fenugreek exhibits.

The chemical compounds found in fenugreek have the ability to aid the digestive process. Consequently, when taken with meals it is believed that fenugreek is able to slow down the rate at which sugars are absorbed into the body, whereby regulating blood sugar levels. Additionally, studies indicate that 4-hydroxyisoleucine (an amino acid) found in fenugreek may induce or promote the production of insulin when blood sugar levels are elevated.The mechanism is thought to delay gastric emptying, slow carbohydrate absorption and inhibit glucose transport.

fenugreek contains a substantial amount of mucilaginous fiber. The mucilage found in fenugreek does not dissolve but instead swells when mixed with fluids. Since the body cannot digest the mucilage from fenugreek it is believed to be an effective laxative.

A typical dose range is 2 tsps. three times per day with meals. Known side effects of high doses include mild digestive distress.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

3 Replies to “Include Fenugreek(methi)in your Diet- Reduce Blood Sugars”

  1. Hi Sanjana…. Im new to ur webpage… It’s really nice…. The info here r really useful & TRUE….. I hav one simple question…. In my family my parents hav Diabetes… So does my brothers….. Now im the only one left…. By god’s grace i dont have it… I dnt want it tooo… Wht kinda prevention measures can i take in order to keep away from this genetic Disease… I knw i will get it someday…. But i dnt wan it b4 35yrs of age.. Im juz 22yrs old now…. So can U help ?? Im 178cms tall & I weight 81.5kgs !!!!

    Waiting for Ur Response…… Thnx for Ur Posts…..

  2. i boil water with ginger, fennel, cinamon to make hot tea. can i add methi dana in the mixture for my tea. plz advise…

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