Fenugreek Seed Extract May Aid In Diabetes Management
Fenugreek is an herb that has traditionally been used in Asia as a medicine for diabetes. A recent analysis of several studies suggests that taking a supplement of fenugreek seed powder daily may help diabetics manage their blood sugar.
For this study, researchers examined data from 10 clinical trials. They determined that daily fenugreek supplementation of at least 5 grams was correlated with a reduction in fasting blood glucose levels of around 0.96 nmol/l and reduction of hemoglobin A1c (a blood marker of the presence of high glucose over a long term) by 0.85%.
The researchers pointed out that the majority of studies that have been conducted using fenugreek are of low methodological quality. They recommend a trial of at least 100 participants with diabetes lasting at least 3 months be undertaken.
Researchers from the University of Singapore, McMaster University in Canada, and Harvard University conducted the study. It was published on January 18, 2014, in Nutrition Journal.
Previous studies have found a correlation between fenugreek seed extract and digestive health, improved heart health, and lowering high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
Because fenugreek has a sweet taste that some say is similar to maple syrup it can be added directly to food. It can also be ingested as a supplement.