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Fenugreek Seeds And Diabetes

22 Aug 2015
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Fenugreek, better known to us as "Methi" and botanically from the Fabaceae family is used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves), a spice (seeds) and also as a vegetable  (fresh leaves that are methi and sprouts).

Renowned as one of the healthiest seeds used in cooking and famous for its medicinal properties, fenugreek seeds possess an array of health benefits. Fenugreek leaves or methi leaves, the wonder herb, being rich in vitamins minerals, iron, calcium and proteins increase its culinary value while fenugreek seeds, being a rich source of dietary soluble fibre provides essential control on various health conditions such as body fluids, blood pressure, heart rate and diabetes mellitus.

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FENUGREEK BENEFITS: THE WONDERS OF THE MULTI-TALENTED SEED:

  • Prevents Diabetes - Well known to control blood sugar levels in diabetic people by slowing down the sugar absorption rate in the blood.

  • Reduces Cholesterol - Contains Saponins, that help reduce the body's absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods, especially the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

  • Aids in Weight loss - Being a natural soluble fibre source and suppressing appetite, it increases the supply of energy and modulates carbohydrate metabolism. 

  • Increases breast milk supply - Fenugreek has Galactagogue properties helping in the supply of breast milk for nursing mothers.

  • Protects from Cancer - The mucilage in fenugreek bind with foods flushing out toxins from the body and thus preventing cancer.

 

FENUGREEK FOR DIABETES MANAGEMENT

Fenugreek seeds, a source of soluble fibre, contain "Galactomannan", an essential constituent that helps lower the rate of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. This, in turn, helps lower the blood glucose levels in people with diabetes and improves overall glucose tolerance. Besides this, fenugreek seeds also have an unusual amino acid (4-hydroxy isoleucine), having anti-diabetic properties such as enhancing insulin secretion under hyperglycemic conditions and increasing insulin sensitivity, thus helping in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

 

BEST WAYS OF CONSUMING FENUGREEK:

 Step 1   Dry roast fenugreek seeds on medium-high heat for one to two minutes, Stir frequently and add 1 teaspoon over Indian curries, salad and stir-fry dishes.

 Step 2   Soak 1 teaspoon overnight in water and gulp the next morning with 1 glass of water.

 Step 3   Let it boil for 10-15 minutes.

 Step 4   Sprout fenugreek seeds by soaking them in water overnight, keeping them in a jar covered with a cloth for a few days until tiny green shoots appear. The sprouted fenugreek seeds can be added to any kind of salad.

 Step 5   Herbal teas made with fenugreek seeds, lemon and honey are effective remedies used to treat fevers.

 

FENUGREEK RECIPES

FENUGREEK SEED TEA:

 Step 1   Take 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and crush slightly.

 Step 2   Soak in hot water for 3 hours.

 

METHI SPROUTS SALAD:

 Step 1   Soak methi seeds in water overnight in a jar and cover with a muslin cloth for a few days until you see green shoots appear.

 Step 2   Once sprouted completely, make a salad using 2 tbsp methi sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicum or any other veggies of your choice.

 Step 3   Season with lemon and pepper and enjoy this healthy salad.


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