Trigonella foenum-graecum is the botanical name of the herb fenugreek. While it is a native of the Mediterranean region, it is now extensively cultivated in India and parts of Europe. The Seeds from the plants are dried and used as a spice. The green part of the herb is a popular vegetable.

Fenugreek was used as medicine for, among other things, diabetes in ancient times. Records go back to the time of the Pharaohs. Dioscorides, the ancient Greek philosopher and probably one of the earliest medicine writers, mention this plant.

Many scientific studies validate the antidiabetic property of fenugreek. A double-blind placebo on mild type 2 diabetes patients showed improved blood sugar control and reduced insulin resistance. (Gupta A et al., 2001),

Fenugreek seeds soaked in hot water are useful as adjuvant treatment in the control of type 2 diabetes. (Kassaian, N. et al., 2009). Preliminary animal and human trials validate this medicinal property. Fenugreek seed powder helped reduce blood sugar and blood lipids. (Smith, M., 2003; Madar. Z. et al., 1988; Sharma, R.D. et al., 1990)

The dietary fiber contained in the spice has beneficial physiological effects. Antidiabetic nutraceuticals include fenugreek. (Srinivasan. K, 2006) Several bioactive amino acids are isolated from fenugreek seeds. (Steve S et al., 2003). These amino acids are responsible for this anti-diabetic property.

Fenugreek is one of four medicinal plants used in Ayurveda diabetes treatment formulations with scientific evidence supporting their antidiabetic properties.

Additional reading:

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