Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist
First, I want to make you clear that fenugreek is a plant, which is grown in Egypt, India and Middle East. It has been used since ancient times in the Indian medicine to heal various body conditions and diseases.
Now, what’s really behind the action of fenugreek when it comes to diabetes control?
The part of fenugreek that is used for medical purposes is its seeds. Indians, for example, use to dry its seeds and prepare several dishes.
They can also prepare tea. If you like its taste, go ahead and prepare your own tea by yourself. It's very easy. Just crush the fenugreek seeds, and put them in hot, boiled water. Let them stay for 3 hours; after that, you can enjoy your tea.
Sometimes, it might be difficult to find the herb at your local area. As everything is being commercialized in ourdays, you can find it as a supplement at a pharmacy store. Just ask and you can take it.
I. The first thing I want you to keep in mind that there is no magic. All is hidden in its seeds' components. They contain an amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine:
II. Another components inside fenugreek seeds are alkaloids such as gentianine, trigonelline, and carpaine.
III. There is another component, called fenugreekine, which can lower your blood glucose levels through several mechanisms:
As a result, you may have less sugar in your blood stream.
Other effects of fenugreek are to raise the number of receptors for insulin in your red blood cells. And on the other hand, can help your peripheral tissues to utilize better the glucose.
As you may see, fenugreek can help your pancreas to secrete more insulin and your body tissue to utilize it better. The final result would be your lower blood glucose levels and a feeling good sensation.
Furthermore, fenugreek is also used to treat hyperlipidemia (hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia); problems associated with gastro intestinal tract, or/and inflammation.
With regards to the right dosage of fenugreek for diabetics, I would say that there is not a determined limit for this purpose.
Medical experts do think that it all depends on patient's data (such age) or/and health conditions.
When it is used for medicinal purposes in diabetics, the usual dose is 10 - 15 g/day (single or divided doses) with meals to reduce the post-prandial blood sugar. In addition, the extract of fenugreek seeds can be used up to 1 g/day.
As fenugreek can be used to also treat hyperlipidemia alone, the common doses in this case include 0.6-2.5 grams of fenugreek twice a day with meals. If it is used as a dietary food, then, there is no upper or lower limit set as it has been resulted safe while taken as food.
To make sure something works, always ask for any clinical facts . It’s not enough only the few data.