Fenugreek seeds/ Methi dana an extremely popular spice of the Indian cuisine. It’s role ranges from a flavor enhancer in Indian curries, to a medicinal herb used as a digestion enhancer as well as for its profound hypoglycemic properties.
POTENTIAL ROLE OF METHI DANA IN DIABETES CONTROL
India is considered the diabetes capital of the world. Diabetes is a chronic disorder of glucose metabolism and a major cause of heart disease and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) in the Indian population. Fenugreek seeds are commonly used as a herbal preparation for diabetes management due to their role in controlling the blood glucose levels and thereby preventing hypoglycemia. The soluble fiber in fenugreek seeds including glucomannan fiber delays intestinal absorption of ingested sugars and alkaloids such as fenugreek and trigonellinewhichhave demonstrated to possess hypoglycemic action, and regulating blood glucose levels. Y-hydroxy isoleucine amino acids act on the pancreas to release insulin and targeting better blood glucose control. A study published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research found that a daily dose of 10 grams of fenugreek seeds soaked in hot water may help control type-2 diabetes. Methi dana water has the ability to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Germinated methi dana is found to be more beneficial than the dried seeds.
OTHER POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF METHI DANA
Methi dana has soluble fiber which helps in reducing cholesterol especially LDL, controls blood sugar levels, and helps lose weight by suppressing appetite if taken soaked overnight on empty stomach in the morning.
Methi Dana provides relief from fever and sore throat. Methi dana also aids digestion.
REMEMBER TO use methi dana only in moderation. If a person is already on some anti-diabetic treatment they must be more cautious about the number of fenugreek seeds being taken throughout the day. It is usually safe to consume 1-2 grams of fenugreek seeds (methi dana) in a day. Fenugreek can affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use fenugreek.
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