More benefits of Fenugreek

We reported in HerbalGram 24 about the antidiabetic effect of fenugreek seeds (Trigonellafoenum-graecum). Anew study by R.D. Sharma, et al., from the National Institute of Nutrition in India, showed the clinical benefits of fenugreek in reducing cholesterol in patients with elevated cholesterol levels. The experiment used 100 grams of defatted fenugreek powder incorporated into chapati (unleavened bread). The control diet was similar in all respects except fiber content. Fenugreek seeds, which are high in fiber, increased the fiber content to 79 grams, compared with 28 grams in the control diet. The fenugreek in the experimental diet significantly reduced total cholesterol and levels of low density (LDL) and very low density (VLDL) cholesterol, without significantly altering the level of high density -- or "good" -- cholesterol. The fenugreek reduced total cholesterol by nearly 25% of LDL, VLDL by 32%, and triglycerides by 38%. The authors comment, "The ability of fenugreek to selectively reduce LDL and VLDL components of total cholesterol could be beneficial in preventing atherosclerosis. Incorporation of fenugreek in the diet was acceptable to all the subjects without any major side effects. Fenugreek can therefore be considered a potentially useful dietary supplement as a preventative of atherosclerosis in hyperlipidemic patients." (Sharma, R.D., et al. June 1991, Phytotherapy Research 5(3): 145-147)

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