Fenugreek is a plant that grows in parts of Europe and western Asia. The leaves are edible, but the small brown seeds are famous for their use in medicine. From adding flavor to dishes, these seeds also have a host of health benefits from controlling diabetes to preventing cancer and alleviating digestive problems and treating acid reflux. Fenugreek lowers the bad cholesterol or LDL and triglycerides while helping the release of good cholesterol or HDL, and keep your heart healthy.
Fenugreek seeds may be helpful to people with diabetes. The seeds contain high amount of soluble fibers and other chemicals that may slow down the process of digestion and the body’s absorption of carbohydrates and sugar. The seeds may also help to improve how the body uses sugar and increases the amount of insulin released. (Also read–> Amla or Indian Gooseberry For Diabetes)
Multiple studies have been carried out to investigate the potential anti-diabetic benefits of fenugreek. Of these, several clinical trials showed that fenugreek seeds can improve most metabolic syndrome associated with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in humans by lowering blood glucose levels and improving glucose tolerance.
They have an amino acid called 4-hydroxyisleucine that is known to have anti-diabetic properties that helps in increasing insulin sensitivity, thereby helping with the breakdown of sugar in the blood.
A study shows that fenugreek seeds can be used as an adjuvant in the control of type 2 diabetes mellitus in the form of soaked in water.(1)
A very simple way to use fenugreek or methi seeds for diabetes is by soaking it in hot water and then having it. You can soak it overnight and drink the water in the morning on your empty stomach , and use the seeds in various dishes. (Also read –> Health Benefits Of Bottle Gourd Juice)
You can also have it in the form of tea. Add a tsp of fenugreek leaves and seeds in a glass of hot water and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Strain and add lemon and a pinch of honey for flavor and enjoy your cup of hot tea. (Also read –> Bitter Melon For Diabetes)