Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds for Diabetes Treatment and Management - How to Use?

  • 4.5   (1 Votes)
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 12 Dec 2018 - Written by Dr. Smita Sanyal - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

Fenugreek seeds helps in diabetes treatment by slowing down absorption of sugars in body and by stimulating insulin. The benefits of fenugreek seeds include reduction in cholesterol, weight loss, cancer prevention, improves digestion, and heal male infertility. One can gulp it with water in the morning.

Fenugreek, also known as Methi, botanically belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is used as herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds) or as a vegetable (fresh leaves and sprouts). Fenugreek is a plant that grows in parts of Western Asia and Europe. The leaves of this plant are edible, and small brown seeds are well known for their use in medicine. Fenugreek seeds are slightly bitter in taste and considered to be one of the healthiest seeds used in cooking. Fenugreek seeds are also a rich source of dietary soluble fiber which helps provide essential control on various health conditions such as diabetes mellitus, body fluids, blood pressure and heart rate. It has been used for centuries by breastfeeding mothers to promote milk production. Due to high content of vitamins, minerals and proteins, it helps prevent diabetes while acting as a fertility booster. It is also believed to be beneficial in digestive problems, gout, erectile dysfunction and eczema. The bitter tasting seeds and leaves of fenugreek are incredibly beneficial for treating those suffering from diabetes. Almost all the medicinal properties of fenugreek can be attributed to the presence of various active compounds in it. Fenugreek contains phytochemical components and essential nutrients such as chlorine, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron, trigonelline and yamogenin.

Benefits of Fenugreek: The Multi-Talented Seeds

Some of the benefits of fenugreek include the following:

1. Prevents Diabetes

Fenugreek is famous for its medicinal properties, which can control blood sugar levels in people with type 2diabetes. In people with type 1 diabetes, taking 50 grams of fenugreek seed powder, twice a day, can reduce the amount of sugar in urine and improve glucose tolerance.

2. Reduces Cholesterol

Fenugreek contains Saponins that are known to reduce the absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods, especially the bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and triglycerides.

reduces cholestrol

3. Aids in Weight Loss

Being a source of natural soluble fiber and suppressing appetite, fenugreek boosts supply of energy and balances metabolism. Fenugreek is rich in galactomannan that is a healthy polysaccharide that causes fat breakdown and sugar metabolism in body. Another main reason why fenugreek helps in weight loss is that it has the ability to reduce the feeling of hunger. Fenugreek herbs make stomach feel fuller.

4. Increases Breast Milk Supply

It has been found that Fenugreek has galactagogue properties that can increase supply of breast milk for nursing mothers within twenty-four to seventy-two hours after taking the first dose of this herb. Once an adequate level of milk production is reached, most women stop fenugreek consumption and maintain milk supply with adequate breast stimulation thereafter.

5. Protects from Cancer

The mucilage present in fenugreek helps in flushing out toxins from body and thus prevents cancer. Fenugreek may be an effective anticancer agent. According to a study, it has been found that fenugreek extract inhibits the growth of cancer cells leaving out normal cells.

6. Improves Digestion

Fenugreek aids digestion since it is a rich source of soluble fiber. It relieves indigestion, prevents constipation as well as heals digestive problems created by stomach ulcers. Fenugreek acts as a natural digestive agent, its lubricating properties help soothe stomach and intestines.

fenugreek improves digestion

7. Male Infertility

Various researches suggest that having fenugreek seed oil drops, three times daily for three months, improves sperm count in men who have a low concentration of sperm or infertility issues. It was also traditionally used as a fertility enhancer. A new fenugreek seed extract was shown to increase testosterone levels and sperm count. When 500 mg of fenugreek extract was consumed for 12 weeks, the testosterone levels increased from 8.17 percent to 11.97 percent. Sperm parameters also improved with an increase in sperm count, sperm motility and reduction in abnormal sperm morphology. Fenugreek seed extract was thus shown to improve sexuality and fertility in men with symptomatic hypogonadism.

8. Ovarian Cysts (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

According to a research, it was found that taking 1000 mg of a specific type of fenugreek seed extract a day can reduce the size of ovarian cysts and help to regulate length of menstrual cycle and time between having a period.

9. Improves Glucose Tolerance

Galactomannan, present in seeds of fenugreek, is an essential constituent that help lower the rate of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. This improves the overall glucose tolerance and lowers the blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

One study found that fenugreek can actually protect liver from the effects of toxins and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. It can also alleviate the symptoms of dysmenorrhea a condition which causes severe pain during menstrual cycles. Fenugreek is also used as a poultice where it is wrapped in a piece of cloth, warmed, and applied directly to the skin to reduce swelling (inflammation), muscle pain, local pain, swelling of lymph nodes (lymphadenitis), wounds, leg ulcers, pain in the toes (gout) and eczema.

Fenugreek Seeds in Diabetes Management

Powdered seeds of fenugreek available as capsules are high in soluble fiber that slow down the absorption of sugars in stomach, while the presence of the amino acid 4-hydroxyisoleucine have anti-diabetic properties and strengthens the insulin secretion under hyperglycemic conditions. Increased insulin thus helps in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Researchers in India found that incorporating 15 grams of powdered fenugreek seeds into a meal by people with type 2 diabetes reduces the rise in post-meal blood glucose.

Best Ways of Consuming Fenugreek

Fenugreek can be consumed in a number of ways, some of them include:

  • Dry roast fenugreek seeds on medium high heat for two minutes, stir frequently and add 1 tablespoon over curries, dishes or salads.

Ways of consuming fenugreek

  • Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seed overnight in water and gulp it down the next morning with 1 of glass water to reduce stomach pain.
  • Sprout fenugreek seeds by soaking them in water overnight; cover it with a muslin cloth for few days until tiny green shoots appear. Once sprouted, it can be added to any kind of salads. Season with lemon or pepper and enjoy the healthy salad.
  • Herbal fenugreek teas made with lemon and honey is an effective remedy used to treat fevers.

Fenugreek Doses

  • For diabetes: 5 to 100 grams of powdered fenugreek seeds added to one or two meals daily for four days is recommended in diabetes.
  • For painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea): 1800-2700 mg of powdered fenugreek seeds, three times daily for the first three days of menstruation, followed by 900 mg, three times daily for the remaining two menstrual cycles, is suggested.
  • For increasing sex drive: 600 mg of fenugreek seed extract every day for two menstrual cycles.
  • For improving sexual performance: 600 mg of fenugreek seed extract every day alone or with magnesium 34 mg, zinc 30 mg, and vitamin B6 10 mg, for 6-12 weeks is beneficial.

Thus, regular intake of fenugreek could be genuinely useful for diabetes patients. People who have a history of diabetes in their family, or who have their sugar level close to borderline for diabetes should eat fenugreek adequately. Although generally considered safe, fenugreek may sometimes cause a feeling of bloating in some people. Fenugreek should not be consumed during pregnancy since it stimulates uterine contractions. Although there is no recommended dose of fenugreek, it is important to discuss the use of fenugreek with a doctor to decide if it might be helpful to you.

For more updates on fertility, you can follow Elawoman blog. If you are looking for centers with best fertility doctors you can consult Elawoman or call us at +917899912611.

Dr. Smita Sanyal

Written by

Hysteroscopic Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dr. Smita Sanyal is an infertility specialist and hysteroscopy surgeon with rich years of experience. She is counted among the most sought-after gynaecologists in Gurugram. She has completed MBBS and DGO from Medical College, Calcutta in 1981 and 1984, respectively. She has also pursued Certificate course on Infertility And Endoscopy from Manchanda Endoscopy Institute in 2013. She is a member of the Delhi Society of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, and Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Delhi (AOGD) and Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI). Her areas of expertise are Normal Vaginal Delivery (NVD), Hysterectomy and Laparoscopic Surgery, High-Risk Pregnancy Care, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Dr. Smita Sanyal is an Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) specialist and currently associated with W Pratiksha Hospital in Gurgaon. You can get the contact details of Dr. Smita Sanyal at elawoman.com


1.  11 best healthy diet tips for weight loss - know healthy weight loss tips and tricks  weight loss, Elawoman - 2018
2.  Do's and don'ts you need to choose to increase sperm count for improved fertility  increase in sperm count, Elawoman - 2017
3.  Sperm motility - causes, male infertility treatments  sperm motility, Elawoman - 2017
4.  Polycystic ovary syndrome (pcos) - causes, symptoms, risk factors, and treatments  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Elawoman - 2017

1 Comment


Samarendu Swami

Dec. 12, 2018, 6:57 p.m. 4.5

Leave a Comment



The information displayed on this webpage covers general information on several medical conditions, fertility treatments, IVF ICSI, surrogacy procedure, home remedies, and their respective treatments. The exclusive purpose of the displayed information is for the sake of general understanding and it has been collected from open sources which heavily rely on research and laboratory tests. However, the information shared here should not be considered as a medical advice or an alternative to consultation with a registered medical practitioner or licensed healthcare professional.

It is not advised to self-diagnose or treat any medical condition or disease following the information given in this article. We insist you to consult a registered practitioner and never try to replace their advice or discontinue treatment in between by relying solely on the information obtained. External links to different websites as well as videos given on the website serve the purpose of sharing knowledge only. Ela being an Independent Medical Information platform is neither responsible nor guarantees the authenticity, reliability, and accuracy of these videos and websites in any way. We do not intend the information displayed here to be used for a medical emergency, if you seek medical attention for yourself (or any other person with whom you want to share the information with), we advise you to directly get in touch with the hospital or the doctor.

More From Author

Medicine Info
Clomid Tablet - Uses, Precautions, Dosage, and Interactions of Clomid

Clomid Tablet - Uses, Precautions, Dosage, and Interactions of Clomid

posted on 12 Dec 2018 4.5/ 5

Clomid tablet is used as an oral medication which is used in stimulation of ovulation. Clomiphene dosage depends on the case of the patient. Clomid precautions need to...

Read More

All you need to know before opting Surrogacy Treatment - Procedure and Cost

All you need to know before opting Surrogacy Treatment - Procedure and Cost

posted on 12 Dec 2018 4.5/ 5

Surrogacy is basically of two types gestational and traditional and it is not legal in all the countries. It is better to work with an agency or a surrogate lawyer to ...

Read More

Best Surrogacy Doctors in Jaipur

Best Surrogacy Doctors in Jaipur

posted on 12 Dec 2018 4.5/ 5

Dr. Surabhi Tomar Sharma, Dr. Swati Tyagi and Dr. Rita Bakshi are among the best surrogacy doctors in Jaipur. They are highly experienced and are well known for offeri...

Read More

Related Article view all

10 Best Stress Busters You Need to Utilize while Planning for a Baby

Stress busters prove to be effective for couples in planning for pregnancy. The best stress busters to have a successful pregnancy are exercising regularly, working smart, keeping stress away, thinking positive, and performing yoga and meditation. Also, stress during pregnancy is not recommended at all.

Read More

How to Induce Periods - 5 Proven Ways to get Periods Immediately

If you have delayed periods and want to know how to induce periods then opt for proven ways. This includes using contraceptive pills, increase intake of Vitamin C foods, performing exercises such as aerobics, zumba, and yoga, and most importantly destressing yourself. These tips will help you to get periods immediately.

Read More

Ayush Ministry for Pregnant Women - No Meat, No Sex

Ayush Ministry has specified that sex during pregnancy effects well being of the growth of the baby in the pregnant women. This has made many couples think that whether sex during pregnancy bad or good. Medical experts and nutritionists do not agree completely with this suggestion for pregnant women.

Read More

Trending Articles


5 Best Surrogacy Doctors in India

posted on 12 Dec 2018 4.5 / 5(1 Votes)

Find the list of best surrogacy doctors in India who offers the best treatment with the highest success rate. The list has been categorized on the basis of doctors fame, experience, reviews, ratings, and cost. Dr. Mohit Saraogi from Saraogi Hospitals and IRIS IVF Centre and Dr. Kaberi Banerjee from Advanced Fertility Centre top the list of the best surrogacy doctors in India.

Read More


Best IVF Doctors in India with Highest Success Rates

posted on 12 Dec 2018 4.7 / 5(3 Votes)

Find here the list of best IVF doctors in India on the basis of Ratings, Success Rate, Services offered, IVF cost packages and available Facilities. Dr. Nisha Bhatnagar, Dr. Kaberi Banerjee and Dr. Anjali A Deval top the list of such IVF doctors in India due to their unique pricing system, popularity and high success rate.

Read More


Top Surrogacy Centres in India with Highest Success Rates

posted on 12 Dec 2018 4.8 / 5(2 Votes)

In this article we bring you the best Surrogacy Centres and clinics in India with Review Ratings, Cost Estimates, and Surrogacy Success Rate to help you make the best choice. Aveya IVF and Surrogacy Centre and Advanced Fertility and Surrogacy Centre tops the list of such surrogacy centres in India due to their low treatment costs, popularity and high success rates.

Read More