Fenugreek and diabetes
Among the treatments in traditional medicine against diabetes and cholesterol, we find fenugreek!
Many spices have a regulating effect on the level of sugar in the blood, among all these spices, we find fenugreek, also called trigonellin.
In this article, we will tell you about the effects of fenugreek on diabetes, how can it be used, and in which cases, as well as the side effects and contraindications for the use of the small yellowish seed.
To prepare the remedies in this article, you will need fenugreek powder or seeds of the species Trigonella foenum-graecum, the seeds of which have been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times for their medicinal properties.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects many people in France. There is no cure for a cure, we just learn to live with, with the help of insulin, a hormone that is used to control the level of sugar in the blood.
When you have diabetes, insulin is no longer effective enough in this control, or the pancreas, the organ that creates insulin, no longer produces enough of this hormone, which causes an accumulation of sugar in the blood. blood.
However, several types of diabetes are differentiated, namely, prediabetes, type I diabetes, type II diabetes, and pregnancy diabetes.
• Type 1 diabetes: or insulin-dependent diabetes, about 6% of diabetics. It is characterized by insufficient production of insulin.
• Type 2 diabetes: or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, 92% of diabetics. It is characterized by initially an insulin resistance of certain organs which prevents the entry of insulin.
This resistance to the action of insulin leads to an overproduction of insulin by the pancreas to compensate, a pancreas that gets tired and after twenty years, no longer produces enough insulin: this is insulin deficiency.
You should know that this type of diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 2 to 4 times (heart attack, high blood pressure, etc.) and causes numerous disorders on the eyes, kidneys, etc.
Fenugreek is used in many traditional medicines, particularly in India, or Africa, for reasons as diverse as increasing the size of the breast or gaining weight naturally with fenugreek. It is also the oldest spice consumed for its aphrodisiac properties on women.
Among these uses, it is often used to aid in the control of glucose metabolism, in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, more specifically for pre-diabetics or people with type 2 diabetes, mild to moderate.
Western medicine research tends to prove the effectiveness of spice. Among the many studies, 3 shows that fenugreek lowers and regulates blood sugar levels while reducing insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes.
One of those studies involved taking 4 teaspoons of fenugreek powder every day for 8 weeks. Result: 25% drop in fasting blood sugar levels, as well as a 30% drop in triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, known as “bad cholesterol”.
Indeed, the small seed contributes to a better secretion and assimilation of insulin. The seeds contain an amino acid, 4-hydroxy isoleucine, known to stimulate insulin secretion by the pancreas.
This amino acid also helps reduce the body’s insulin resistance, characteristic of type 2 diabetes. The direct consequence is therefore a drop and regulation of blood sugar levels in the blood.
In addition, the spice contains essential compounds such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories: quercetin, apigenin, genistein, rutin, kaempferol, or even selenium.
It is also rich in alkaloids such as gentian, campaign, or trigonelline. This exceptional composition makes fenugreek an effective spice in preventing cell degeneration, allowing, among other things, to protect the liver and pancreas.
The seed is rich in soluble fiber, which also affects the blood glucose level by delaying the digestion process, increasing the absorption of sugar in the intestines, and therefore reducing the level of sugar in the blood.
NB: By naturally regulating the insulin level, fenugreek will thus limit the production of androgen and sebum. This is what also makes it an acne remedy.
Fenugreek has a regulating effect on the blood lipid level, making it possible to reduce LDL cholesterol, called bad cholesterol while increasing the good one.
At the same time, it helps reduce platelet aggregation in arteries and veins, which significantly reduces the risk of blood clotting associated with strokes and heart attacks.
Its dietary fiber reduces the absorption of fat and cholesterol in the intestines.
The seed is also rich in vitamins B1, B3, A, and C. It is also rich in vegetable proteins (30% of the weight of the seed), as well as calcium, phosphorus, iron, sulfur, and magnesium. It is also thanks to this exceptional composition that fenugreek is used for the health of the hair.
Be careful, always seek the advice of your doctor before embarking on any cure, particularly cures involving an effect on a disease such as diabetes.
Fenugreek is mainly consumed in three forms: seeds, powder, or capsules.
The ideal amount seems to be 4 teaspoons of seeds per day, taken at different times of the day.
Prefer to use seeds that you will reduce to powder as and when you need it, using a spice mill, rather than fenugreek powder which will have undergone oxidation and will have lost its virtues.
• Prepare an infusion by boiling a cup of water and infusing a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds (if possible ground) for 10 min. Drink this decoction 2 times a day.
• Integrate fenugreek powder into your diet by integrating it into all your recipes, it is a spice that will bring a very pleasant but rather discreet scent, so you can use it everywhere.
In the diet, it is excellent to germinate fenugreek seeds before consuming them, it is delicious and even better for your health!
The capsules are available in pharmacies, ask your pharmacist for advice and follow the instructions provided with the instructions for use.
Always seek the advice of your doctor before undergoing a cure. If you have diabetes, you should take fenugreek under medical supervision.
There are few known side effects. Overconsumption can cause mild gastric disorders, due to the fibers in the spice. It is then sufficient to reduce the doses.
Also, you should know that fenugreek being detoxifying, tends to give a certain odor to sweat and urine which evacuates toxins, depending on the quantities consumed.
Pregnant women should not consume fenugreek, or else with caution and no more than dietary doses, as it is known to stimulate contact. It is also traditionally used to facilitate childbirth.
The dosages, natural home remedies, benefits, opinions, and contraindications of this article are given for information only. For any medical prescription and dosage, consult your doctor or pharmacist.