Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds/Trigonella foenum-graecum) are an amazing but highly overlooked functional food.
Did you know this about fenugreek seeds?
Fenugreek seeds contain six different active substances that increase insulin sensitivity and facilitate the transportation of blood sugar into the muscle cells. Therefore fenugreek seeds are a great blood glucose stabilizer.
Fenugreek seeds’ most well-known compound is 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which for example works by normalizing glucose metabolism. The other compounds called trigonellin, galactomannan, and trigoneosides, also work together for the benefit of a better blood sugar.
In general, these lovely seeds may lower the absorption of carbohydrates by acting as an alpha-amylase and maltase inhibitor (respectively, starch and maltose digestive enzymes). Use fenugreek seeds in your food; they give a good taste of curry. Or use them in tea or make sprouts of them, just as you do with carrots.
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