Fenugreek, more popular as Methi, is used as a herb, a spice and also as a vegetable in its fresh form. Fenugreek is a key ingredient of curries and other Indian recipes. Fenugreek slightly bitter in taste, but known to have an array of health benefits.
But does it really help in reducing the blood sugars and how???
In one research study, 20 diabetic patients aged between 40-70 were given 10 gm of fenugreek seeds soaked in 40 ml of water (overnight) and was observed that it has a significant effect on reducing the blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
Liquid dosage form has a rapid action as it does not require any disintegration or dissolution factors. Liquid dosage form while orally administered reaches the site of action very fast with compare to other dosage forms.
Mechanism of action of Fenugreek seeds:
- Contains soluble fibres which help to slow down digestion
- Lowers the absorption of carbohydrates in the body
- Improves Glucose tolerance
- Galactomannan in fenugreek seeds is helpful to slow the rate of sugar absorption
- Helps to secrete more insulin from the pancreas
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Lowers insulin resistance
Apart from helping in reducing the blood glucose levels, fenugreek seeds also have the following benefits:
- It is an appetite suppressant, so it facilitates weight loss.
- It reduces cholesterol
- It reduces cardiovascular risk
- It is a good relief for sore throats
- It cures acid reflux or heartburn
- It relieves constipation
- It prevents colon cancer
- It is good for kidney trouble
- It avoids skin infection
- It reduces menstrual discomfort
- It minimizes symptoms of menopause
- Improves milk production during lactation