The higher fiber content of fenugreek slows the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates resulting in gradual release of blood sugars. This is especially beneficial in reducing the surge in blood sugar levels after mealsthereby lowering postprandial glucose. Fenugreek seeds are among the few foods that have shown improvement in HbA1c or glycosylated hemoglobin which reflects blood sugar levels over 3 months.
Positive research outcomes:
- Adding 10 % methi seeds to bun and chapatis (Indian flatbreads) significantly reduced the glycemic response of meals
- 10 grams/day powdered fenugreek seeds mixed soaked in hot water for 8 weeks significantly reduced fasting blood sugar, triglyceride and VLDL-cholesterol.
1 teaspoon of methi seed powder (5gms ) soaked in warm water should be consumed twice a day , especially post lunch and dinner. One must be cautious to not consume these on an empty stomach as they may lower sugar drastically putting diabetics at risk of hypoglycemia.
There is sufficient scientific evidence to validate use of fenugreek seeds by the diabetic group as a promising adjunct therapy. Fenugreek seeds are low cost and easily available making them a perfect therapeutic agent for weight loss, blood sugar control and lipid management
Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.