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An Herbalist Advice: Trigonella Foenum-graecum

d17ee2697d5d203254d175424525ab7fOver thousands of people across the United States and other countries has diabetes. Whether it be type I or type II diabetes, someone you know might have it. Type I diabetes occurs in either childhood or young adulthood, this is when the pancreas cannot produce insulin or not nearly enough for the person. Type II diabetes occurs more in adults, but there are several teenagers who do have type II. But for the most part, type II doesn’t occur until mid-forties. Type II occurs due to the fact that there is a defect in the receptors for insulin in the cell walls. This is located in the fat and muscle tissue and the liver. There are several prescriptions that the physician will give you in order to help you maintain your glucose levels and your a1c levels. The most famous one is insulin. Insulin helps with controlling the blood sugar, however there are side effects that occur if the insulin has been overused. One of those things is the increase of cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as increased body fat.

Some people do not wish to be on such medicine, and although you may not want to, it is always best to sit down with your physician and talk about other alternatives. One of the alternatives is the Trigonella foenum-graecum, Fenugreek. Fenugreek is an ancient Greek and Roman herb that was used for those who had diabetes. Now although they did not have a word for diabetes back then, in fact diabetes was not called that until 1889, they did know that when a person had sugar problems, that were to be prescribed this herb. The Fenugreek has been studied and has been show to lower blood glucose and reduce the insulin levels, total cholesterol, and triglycerides while increasing the HDL. The HDL is considered the “good” cholesterol, so it is good to have those in the right range.

The typical dosage for non-insulin dependent diabetes is as little as 5,000 milligrams of the powdered seed per day. The typical dosage for the more severe insulin-dependent diabetic patients is up to 50,000 milligrams (50 grams) twice per day.

Just like anything else, you must take precautions. This herb has one side effect but it isn’t terrible. It may cause flatulence.

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