Link to the previous article - Diabetes and Diet.
As a continuation to yesterday's write up, here are the excerpts of an article by Dr MK Janardana Sarma PhD, (Retd. Deputy Director of National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India) on Fenugreek and his debitterised dietary supplement derived from Fenugreek. Thanks once again to Dr. Sarma for providing vital information regarding Fenugreek and Fenu Fiber.


"Fenugreek seeds are one of the many commonly used condiment in Indian kitchens.The medicinal uses of these wonder seeds have been known for a long time. The seeds are known to have anti-diabetic activity. Although the knowledge that Methi seeds do control the plasma glucose levels is prevalent, actual scientific background, the mechanism of methi in controlling diabetes and the complete list of benefits is not commonly known. The means of administering methi seeds is also not explained.


Fenugreek Seeds

There are several misconceptions and wrong methods of consuming methi seeds. Similarly, the quantity, the dosage, the intake in relation to food timing and the mechanism by which methi works is not known to many patients. Due to lack of precise knowledge, several patients initially attempt and give up saying that they were not beneficial to them. For instance many patients consume the overnite-soaked seeds early in the morning without any relation to their food intake and timing. This is a wrong practice and doesn't reduce the plasma glucose. Others take roasted methi seeds without considering the particle size. Some others take it in powdered form which chokes them and causes suffocation and so they give up this practice. 

All these practices and the bitter taste of methi seeds have contributed to the discontinuation of using this wonder seed. The bitter taste and inconsistent dosage parameters have reduced the popularity of these seeds amongst patients and even physicians.

This article would detail the benefits of methi seeds and also the mechanism in achieving these benefits.
Fenugreek seeds help control glucose levels, reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides. They also help in the preventing or at least delaying the onset of diabetes and also help in weight management.


Systematic clinical studies were undertaken all over the world laboratories on human volunteers including by ICMR, (Indian Council for Medical Research), NIN (National Institute of Nutrition) and other medical institutes.


The findings clearly establish the following facts - 
1. The minimum dosage is 25 gms/Day (split into 2 or 3 equal doses). At this dosage coarse methi powder clearly exhibited hypo-glycemic effect in all diabetic subjects.
2. It should be taken just before breakfast, lunch and dinner (25 gms split into two doses or three doses of 8 gms each).
3. Particle size should be between 40-60 mesh. It should be taken without munching, tasting or chewing.
4. Further studies by NIN have shown that patients consuming coarse powder of fenugreek also exhibit anticholesteremic effect (particularly the reduction of bad cholesterol namely LDL and VDL without any alteration in HDL).
5 Consuming coarse methi powder also shows hypolipidemic (lowering of triglycerides) effect.


The above conclusions were drawn by using over 60 subjects both in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetic patients. Based on this we have come up with a product called 'Fenu Fiber'. Fenu Fiber is a debitterised husk of fenugreek seeds without the protein, lipids etc keeping only the fiber part using a unique proprietary process of extraction which is also cost effective.The composition of Fenu Fiber is soluble fiber 40%, insoluble fiber 56% and moisture 4%.


Fenu Fiber


Advantages of Fenu Fiber - 
1. Significant reduction in glucose levels and control of diabetes (upto 40%).
2. Reduction of bad cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides.
3. Aids in weight management
4. Higher levels of activity for longer durations despite reduced food intake.
5. Hunger management and satiety enhancement.
6. Smooth absorption of glucose into the blood as opposed to sharp oscillations in absorption.


The best part of this product is it doesn't have any adverse side-effects except rare initial gastro-intestinal disturbances which can be addressed by adjusting the dosage. "


I sincerely hope that this article will help lot of people struggling to get a handle on their diabetes and/or their weight. Interested people can email me their queries at mail2tamalapaku[at]gmail[dot]com so I can pass on more details of where to get this product, whom to contact and any other details.


Disclaimer - Please note that there is no monetary benefit for us in 'Tamalapaku' in publishing this article.


Link to the previous article - Diabetes and Diet.


List of Marathoners - 
Diabetes Diet/Management: SrivalliChampaMePJ
Kid Friendly Recipes: KalyaniShylajaVeena
Seven Days of Soup:UshaSowmya
30 Minutes Meals: Priya Suresh 
Seven days of Cakes:  Anusha



Coming up tomorrow...a healthy recipe!!
Posted by Harini on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

22 comments

  1. Champa Says:
  2. Good one. Methi also acts like a binder and helps in bowel movement.

     
  3. divya Says:
  4. Great post dear...

     
  5. Usha Says:
  6. another nice post

     
  7. Smitha Says:
  8. nice post!...Happy Ugadi to u and ur family!
    Smitha
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

     
  9. PJ Says:
  10. The benefits of fenugreek is neatly explained.Good one

     
  11. thanks for posting this

     
  12. informative post thank you for sharing

     
  13. A very educative post. A very Happy Ugadi to you and your family dear.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

     
  14. Priya Says:
  15. My dad used to drink fenugreek tea quite often,eventhough i know they helps a lot for diabetic people,this post is quite helpful,thanks for sharing their health benefits..

     
  16. Anonymous Says:
  17. very good article.. the simple remedy for all the major health causes...especially these days.. almost every person is facing irrespective of age...

    good job..

     
  18. vijjikomali Says:
  19. very good article... almost every human being is suffering with one of those problems irrespective of age.. read and change ur life...

    great posting..

     
  20. Raji Says:
  21. It looks like an eye opener. I will follow them and check. I hope we can make the fenugreek powder at home.

     
  22. Harini Says:
  23. Thanks everyone..
    @Raji - Fenu Fiber is only the husk of fenugreek and as I understand there is a proprietary method to arrive at the end product. I am not sure if it can be made at home. As mentioned in the article, the size of the methi particle matters too.

     
  24. Nice post. Will be useful to many of us

     
  25. Srivalli Says:
  26. Very informative post Harini.

     
  27. nice to read so many benefits of this bitter seed..

     
  28. Pavani Says:
  29. Very interesting & informative post Harini.

     
  30. That is a very informative post Harini. with my mom being a diabetic , i find all these info very useful. Thanks a lot for sharing this

     
  31. Suma Gandlur Says:
  32. We do have these bottles at home. BTW, Do you know him personally? Maku aayana doorapu bandhuvu. :)

     
  33. nice informative post dear :)

     
  34. Saras Says:
  35. Useful post..thanks for sharing..

     
  36. Raji Says:
  37. Thanks Harini for the reply.

    Do you know from where can we get this in India and US?

     
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