Fenugreek seeds manage cholesterol levels

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) seeds can be used to manage cholesterol levels, according to a study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements. The study looked at the effect of fenugreek seeds powder on hyperlipidemia in an animal model.

  • A team of researchers from Rabindranath Tagore Medical College and C.U. Shah Medical College in India induced hyperlipidemia in 20 rabbits by feeding them pure cholesterol for eight weeks.
  • The team divided the subjects into two groups: a control group and a treatment group.
  • The control group received a normal diet with two milliliters (ml) normal saline, while the treatment group received 500 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) body weight of fenugreek seeds powder every day four weeks.
  • The team measured the subjects’ lipid profile and weight at the start, the eighth week, and 12th week of the study.
  • After the eighth week, they stopped cholesterol feeding and compared the hyperlipidemic value with the initial baseline data.
  • The feeding of cholesterol caused a significant increase in body weight and lipid profile and a significant decline in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in both groups.
  • The treatment of fenugreek seeds powder resulted in significant reductions in the serum total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and the atherogenic index.
  • In addition, it increased HDL cholesterol.
  • These findings suggest that fenugreek seeds powder has a hypolipidemic effect.

Based on the findings, it can be concluded that fenugreek seeds powder can be used to improve cholesterol levels.

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Journal Reference:

Sharma MS, Choudhary PR. EFFECT OF FENUGREEK SEEDS POWDER (TRIGONELLA FOENUM-GRAECUM L.) ON EXPERIMENTAL INDUCED HYPERLIPIDEMIA IN RABBITS. Journal of Dietary Supplements. 2017; 14(1): 1-8. DOI: 10.3109/19390211.2016.1168905

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