Fenugreek – the new diabetic diet

If you are diabetic, your dietician or diabetologist constantly advices you to restrict your favorite spices and foods. Isn’t it?

Okay, a good news for you. Now you could take all your favorite dishes. Just do one thing…..

Add a natural ingredient to your diet. The magical spicy aromatic fenugreek.

A research conducted by Indian scientists on a few diabetic patient suggest that 10 gram of fenugreek in the diet helps to control the type 2 diabetes mellitus. Also patients consuming baked bread made of fenugreek flour is found to have a reduction in the insulin resistance.

What is fenugreek?

Fenugreek is known as ‘trigonella foenum graecum’, to the scientific world. This very familiar plant has medicinal and as well as culinary uses. The long pods of the plant contain seeds thsat are bitter in taste. These seeds as a whole or powdered form is used as a spice while fresh or dried leaves commonly known as methi. Fenugreek is been found to be used in Ayurvedic and chinese system of medicine.

 

As an oral hypoglycemic

Improves digestion; the highly insoluble fiber content of fenugreek and other potential chemical have to slow down digestion of food and adsorption of carbohydrates.

Improves glucose utilization:- they also helps to improve bodies utilization of sugar and incese the release of insulin.

Magical ingredient

Fenugreek contain a magical ingredient called ‘trigonellin’

 

How to use fenugreek?

Fenugreek can be used in various forms.

  1. As a supplement after meal – buy prepared supplements of fenugreek.
  2. Drinking fenugreek juice – first the fenugreek seed in water for an hour, then grinding the seed and then mix it with water.
  3. Fenugreek tea – tea lovers will surely love this remedy. This give you a helathy tea option in the morning and a warm revival in to the antidiabetic diet.
  4. Fenugreek bread- baking a delicious bread for breakfast, out of the fenugreek flour gives you another vital option for taking diet.
  5. Soaked water – the fenugreek seeds are soaked in distilled water overnight and this watercan be taken in empty stomach before breakfast.

 

Dose-

Before taking fenugreek, consult with your diabetician.

The daily dose of fenugreek is between 2.5g to 15g. (0.09 – 0.5 oz ).

You can also consult with an experienced naturopath or herbalist.

 

Other uses

Cholesterol lowering agent:- fenugreek is also found to reduce LDL and triglycerides level. It also increases the good cholesterol ie, HDL level.

 

Potential side effect

>The major side effect associated with fenugreek seeds are GERD and bloating.

>fenugreek is not recommended to be used after the said 6 months, as the effect decreases.

>some patients found to evolve a maple syrup like smell from the armpits.

>it is found to interact with drugs that affect blood clotting and patients taking these medication should consult for a previous medical advice.

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