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What is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is used commonly in cooking in China, Egypt, India, and Middle Eastern countries. In addition, due to its properties, fenugreek is frequently used as a natural remedy for treating diabetes and many other inflammatory disorders.
One of the benefits of fenugreek is that it has a low-calorie content. For example, in one teaspoon of fenugreek (3.7g), we can find only 12 kcal.
Nutrition Facts (1 teaspoon of fenugreek)
- Calories: 12
- Carbohydrates: 2.2g
- Net Carbohydrates: 1.3g
- Fiber: 0.9g
- Fat: 0.2g
- Protein: 0.8g
Besides being low in calories, carbs, and fat, fenugreek is rich in iron, magnesium, and potassium. So by adding fenugreek to your diet, you are providing all kinds of benefits.
Nowadays, people are looking for a more natural approach to treat diabetes. The reason could be the high costs medicine has or the side effects that they could potentially have. If you are looking for a natural approach for treating diabetes. Try the SugarMD Advanced Glucose Support Supplement. It has the recommended amount of fenugreek for treating diabetes, amongst other natural supplements, to help you manage your diabetes the best way possible.
Fenugreek has not only been used as a natural approach for treating diabetes. Other benefits are increased breastmilk production, increased testosterone levels, decreased cholesterol levels, and anti-inflammatory properties.
How much fenugreek can I take?
Fenugreek is found in several presentations ranging from seeds, capsules, and tea. The seeds can be eaten, made into flour, or made into oil. However, the seeds could provide a bitter taste, making the supplement or tea form more appealing.
There are several dosage recommendations regarding fenugreek. For example, treating diabetes could range from taking 100g, one to two times a day, or even 2-5g of fenugreek seeds for helping lower sugar levels. Remember to talk to your healthcare provider before adding something to your diet. If you want to remove the hassle of figuring out the correct dosage for you, the SugarMD Advance Glucose Support Supplement has the exact amount you need for lowering your sugar levels.
If you would like to try fenugreek tea, it is done by placing 1-3 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in eight ounces of boiling water. You can either remove the seeds after 5 minutes have passed or drink them. Try not to consume more than three cups per day of fenugreek tea.
Am It safe to take every day? What are its side effects?
You can take fenugreek every day without having any side effects. However, remember that it is a potent blood sugar regulator. If you combine it with another blood-lowering glucose medication, you could be a risk of presenting hypoglycemia. Other potential side effects are:
- Stomach upset
- Maple syrup odor in the urine.
Health Benefits of Fenugreek for Diabetes and More
Fenugreek is a spice widely used due to its several medical qualities. For example, it is known to reduce blood sugar levels, increase breast milk production, increase testosterone levels in men, reduce inflammation, decrease cholesterol levels, among other benefits. In this article, we are going to talk about the main properties given to fenugreek.
How Does Fenugreek Help in Diabetes and Sugar Levels?
Fenugreek has an impact on metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Therefore, it could be highly beneficial for individuals, not insulin-dependent. Intake of fenugreek has significantly reduced fasting glucose levels, two hours glucose, and A1c parameters.
One study demonstrated reduced blood sugar levels after taking 50 g of fenugreek seed powder during lunch and diner for ten days. Another study saw a 13% decrease in blood sugar levels only four hours after fenugreek intake. The potential glucose-lowering effects could be due to improved insulin function or possibly due to its high fiber content.
The sugar-lowering effects can be obtained from raw seeds, extracted seed powder, and cooked seeds. This means that any form you choose to add fenugreek will provide all the health benefits. The SugarMD Advance Glucose Support will provide all of the blood-glucose-lowering effects you may be looking for.
What Does Fenugreek Do to Help The Breast Milk Production?
It seems that fenugreek helps increase breastmilk production. Breast milk will always be the best source of food for newborn babies. However, some mothers seem to have problems with the amount they produce.
Fenugreek is a natural approach to increase breastmilk production without having to use prescription drugs. Several studies have researched the impact of fenugreek on lactation. One study found that drinking fenugreek seeds as tea form increased milk production, helping babies in the end to gain weight. Another study found that it increased the volume of pumped breast milk. Although the primary studies have used fenugreek in tea form, the supplement form seems equally effective.
Does fenugreek increase testosterone levels?
One of the main reasons men tend to use fenugreek is its testosterone-boosting properties. We know that testosterone levels go low when you have diabetes. Several studies have shown its potential aid in increasing testosterone levels in men. Due to its increased testosterone levels, there was a slight decrease in body fat. In a study where men took fenugreek extract for several weeks, men reported increased strength and improved sexual function.
How does fenugreek reduce inflammation?
Several factors can cause inflammation. Free radicals are components that, at high levels, cause inflammation in the body. Antioxidants are a natural defense to fight free radicals. They can be naturally produced in the body or obtained in our food. Fenugreek appears to have high levels of antioxidants. They are providing protective measurements against inflammation.
Fenugreek Helps Diabetes Control, What about cholesterol levels?
Cholesterol and diabetes can often go hand in hand. High levels of cholesterol could be a health risk, especially if you have diabetes. Fenugreek has the potential benefits of lowering cholesterol levels besides helping diabetes control. When people were given fenugreek in a supplement form for 30 days, there was a significant improvement in dyslipidemia. The mechanisms for the action are not well defined. However, one possible reason is its high fiber and saponin content. Saponins are a compound widely studied for their activity in lowering blood lipids. Its high fiber content could help delay the absorption of glucose and fatty acids, which means fewer components for triglyceride production.
Fenugreek provides several health benefits. From diabetes to reducing inflammation, it is a spice worth adding daily. Add it as a tea form or supplement form such as the SugarMD Advance Glucose Support Supplement, which will have several other components to help you manage your sugar levels. If you want to learn more about how to manage your diabetes, make sure to check our YouTube channel or The Ultimate Diabetes Book sold on this website or Amazon.
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