Diabetes is of two types namely- Diabetes mellitus and Diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mellitus is a type of metabolic disease in which there is high amount of blood sugar level in body over a long period. Typical symptoms of this disease are increased hunger, frequent urination and increased thirst. Many complications, which include stroke, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, foot ulcers, occur if it is left untreated for prolonged period. The main reason of this disease is failure of the pancreas to produce enough insulin for metabolic activities or the body cells do not respond to the insulin produced.Fenugreek control diabetes and also help to cure many disorders like kidney problems, breastfeeding problems, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.
What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is basically an aromatic plant that is originated from western Asia and parts of Europe. It is an important ingredient of many Indian recipes. It has both cooking as well as medicinal uses.
Uses of Fenugreek to control blood sugar
Many researchers have found that especially fenugreek seeds have medicinal properties to lower blood sugar in people suffering from diabetes. Fenugreek seeds contain fiber and other chemicals that slow down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and sugar by the body and thus lowering blood sugar. The seeds also have a property to increase the rate of insulin released. Fenugreek has potential anti-biotic uses to lower blood sugar level to a considerable amount. Seeds of fenugreek have property to cure metabolic disorders associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes by improving glucose tolerance or decreasing the blood glucose levels in the body.
Insulin is such a hormone in pancreas that moves glucose from blood to the cells of the body for energy requirement. When a person has more levels of glucose in pancreas, high stress is induced to the pancreas to produce more insulin. Or sometimes the pancreas fails to produce the required insulin. Fenugreek seeds help to solve this sort of insulin production problem by delivering insulin in a proper amount in the pancreas. Fenugreek contains chemicals like amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine and galactomannan that are responsible for controlling blood sugar level.
Fenugreek seed consumption is considered to be safe but it may cause stomach upset in some people. During pregnancy, fenugreek should not be consummated as it causes uterine contractions. Usual recommended dose of fenugreek is 5 grams of seed per day for diabetes patients.
Proper intake of Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seeds can be taken raw but it has a bitter taste. It can also be applied to cooked food as an alternative way of consumption because the bitter taste is covered with the ingredients added. After the cooked food is ready, then only fenugreek powder should be applied to cooked food but not before that. This is because fenugreek seeds lose its medicinal properties when heated. In addition to seeds if fenugreek leaves are added to the cooked food, it will add to the taste as well help cure the diabetes patient faster. For diabetes patients fenugreek seeds should be taken after consulting a doctor.