In the video below, I summarize the pros and cons of Fenugreek… And how to best use it for maximum safety and effectiveness.
“So How Effective Is Fenugreek For Improving Blood Sugar & Glucose Levels?…”
Fenugreek is effective for lowering postprandial (after meals) blood sugar. Fenugreek seeds contain a peculiar amino acid not found in any mammal tissues, 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which is believed to boost insulin production by stimulation of the beta cells of the pancreas, which secretes insulin.1,2
Furthermore, chemical agents within fenugreek increase the activity of enzymes that lower blood glucose concentration both by increasing glucose breakdown and by directing more glucose into glycogen reserves.3
Benefits from the medicinal use of fenugreek are seen in both insulin-dependent, or type1, and non insulin dependent, or type 2 diabetics. So it has glucose lowering benefits for those who are diabetic or non-diabetic.1,2,3
Warnings & “Scams”
As with anything, there are always potential “negatives” and here are a few things you want to watch out for. Generally speaking, Fenugreek Seeds have been shown to be safe, when taken in proper dosages. However, a few things to consider:
- As seen in the clinical studies, you want to ONLY use the“extract” form and NOT the “raw powder” or seed – which doesn’t have any glucose lowering benefits.3
- The CORRECT extract for use is standardized for 4:1 ratio.
- You don’t want to take only Fenugreek Seeds by itself, because you would need a very high dosages to feel the glucose lowering benefits.3 And not only are there potential side-effects at higher dosages – such as liver stress, but your body will adapt quicker and thus, an even higher dose will be required over time.
It’s best to combine Fenugreek Seed Extract with other ingredients (more on this below) for improved benefits and reduced side-effects.
But, don’t go out and spend your hard-earned money on Fenugreek just yet …
“So, What’s YOUR Best & Safest Solution?…”
I’ll be honest with you. No one single ingredient works at 100% effectiveness forever, let alone for every person. And that includes Fenugreek or any other single herb or nutrient.
Think about it. Just like you don’t eat only broccoli for best health, you don’t want to use only one herb or nutrient either.
The most effective and safest products use a combination of different nutrients and ingredients, at specific proven dosages, creating a special synergy which will help create healthy blood sugar & glucose levels, without serious negative side-effects.
Now, based on my research, the following ingredient have been scientifically shown to work, they’re effective and secure for both short and long-term usage:
- Combination of BOTH Chromium Piconlinate & Polynicotinate (ChromeMate®)
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (NA-R version is best)
- Cinnamon Extract (4:1 ratio)
- Bitter Melon
- Gymnema Sylvestre Extract (75% Gymnemic Acids)
- Bilberry Leaf Extract (25% Anthocyanosides)
- Fenugreek Extract
- Banaba Leaf Extract (1% corosolic acid)
Additionally, whatever product you select – make sure it has contains some essential vitamins and minerals, that are typically lacking and not being absorbed properly by individuals with glucose intolerance. The most important are:
- Magnesium (as Glycinate & Citrate)
- Vitamin C
- B-Vitamins (B1, B3, B5, B6 and B12)
- Zinc Picolinate
- Biotin (very important)
When the above ingredients are combined together in proper ratios, the “synergy” creates a much more effective solution, at a lower dose – WITHOUT your body adapting or having negative side-effects. That’s the secret!…
Confused? Too Many Options & Choices?
Here’s What Other People Have Done…
Fortunately, there’s “all-in-one” solution called Blood Sugar Optimizer™, which contains the above key ingredients, in specific extracted dosages — in addition to a couple other helpful ingredients.
The feedback has been amazing and since the product has been around for almost a decade, you know it works!
- Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and serum lipids in type I diabetes
- Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and lipid profiles in type 2 diabetic patients
- A Review of the Hypoglycemic Effects of Five Commonly Used Herbal Food Supplements
- Insulin and Insulin Resistance
- Suppression of insulin secretion is associated with weight loss
- Effectiveness of a Commercially Available Supplement in Improving Blood Glucose Levels