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Evidence of Fenugreek Effectiveness in Lowering Blood Sugar and Cholesterol

Modern society got used to revealing and explaining everything from the scientific point of view. No wonder that herbal remedies, used for hundreds of years, familiar to many of us, and believed to be safe and effective, are these days under the scope of scientific research. Scholars do not aim at destroying our trust in these medicinal options, they only try to make it understandable why and how herbs work to defeat illnesses.

Fenugreek is a pea-like herb known to humans for ages and used by them for different purposes. Indeed, millions of people agree that this is a miraculous herb, which seeds serve as a spice and flavouring agent, and which are also famous for their power to treat a number of health disorders. 
Nowadays, the results of a number of clinical trials support the statement that fenugreek can be of help against such conditions as hyperlipidemia and diabetes. Moreover, the studies were conducted not only in the countries where fenugreek is especially popular (India, China, Morocco, Greece), but in the Western countries as well.
Scientists name antioxidants, amino acids (especially 4-hydroxyisoleucine), steroidal saponins (diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin), alkaloids (mainly trigonelline), protein (high in lysine and L-tryptophan) and mucilaginous fiber (particularly galactomannan) as the most beneficial components of fenugreek chemical structure, which are the weapon against health disorders.
Studies report that blood glucose levels in people with diabetes type 2 were lowered by comparatively large doses (25 grams a day) of fenugreek seeds. This reduction is explained by the influence of mucilage, released from the seeds. This substance becomes gummy when exposed to fluids and is thus capable of coating the inner lining of the intestines (without being absorbed by the body) and slowing down food absorption. The slower the food is digested, the longer it takes for the glucose to enter the blood stream.
It is also suggested that fenugreek suppresses the activity of the enzyme that stimulates the release of the stored in the liver glucose into the blood stream. In addition, trials showed that this herb’s amino acid 4-hydroxyisoleucine may directly affect the production and release of insulin, increasing its levels.
It is interesting to note that fenugreek effect seems to be glucose dependent – the herb works if blood sugar level is moderate to high; at the same time, no such activity was traced in healthy people, whose glucose did not exceed normal rates.
Several studies have confirmed that sugar levels were also reduced in people with atherosclerosis and diabetes type 1. It should be noted that along with sugar reduction patients noticed the significant improvement of the symptoms accompanying diabetes: frequent urination, excessive thirst, skin infections, and nerve pain.
Similar studies were conducted to prove and further understand the mechanism of bad cholesterol and triglycerides reduction by fenugreek seeds. Scientists report that these lipids are affected by fenugreek’s steroidal saponins. 
Clinical studies, conducted to prove this statement, evaluated fenugreek effectiveness in insulin-dependent patients. The dose used was 100 grams a day divided into two equal doses. The reduction of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein and very low-density lipoprotein was significant. At the same time, the level of good cholesterol were said to remain unchanged. Scholars note that higher levels of harmful lipids and blood sugar require larger doses of fenugreek seeds.
A special attention should be paid to the fact that the effectiveness of fenugreek treatment lies in the long-lasting positive results, which are observed even when the herb is discontinued. Lipid levels remain reduced for about six months.
To make a conclusion, it is possible to say that fenugreek gives very promising results, especially for people with diabetes type 1 and 2 and those who suffer from atherosclerosis. Some scientists, however, note that more research is necessary to make a final decision about the possibility of prescribing fenugreek while fighting high blood sugar and bad cholesterol.
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2010-04-18 08:49:44
on Java and Bali several times I received compliments from Jamu gendong (women traditional dressed, selling herbal teas, carrying a basket on their back "You are smelling like we do, drinking fenugreek tea, maybe the most important herb, for keeping youth." You may start drinking this right now; combined with a balanced natural dieet, meditation and a period of fasting and cleansing once a year. You will be looking older half as fast as you are growing, promise! I saw so many proofs of this. The most important thing is that you may continue doing the things you like to do, both on the intellectual and fysical level.
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