To reduce bad cholesterol and triglyceride values, we now know we can also rely on fenugreek! The cholesterol-lowering properties of this spice are reported by numerous scientific studies, as evidenced by two very recent reviews that also propose an explanation of the mechanisms of action of fenugreek (Visuvanathan et al, Plants, 2022 - Ghahdarijani et al, Phytother Res, 2020 ).
Fenugreek against cholesterol and triglycerides
Studies have shown that the intake of fenugreek has led to a reduction in triglycerides and bad LDL cholesterol and at the same time to an increase in good HDL cholesterol, already after one month of treatment. It is noteworthy that fenugreek has been shown to be even more effective in lowering cholesterol in people diagnosed with diabetes. The mechanism of action is to be found in the amount of fiber present in fenugreek seeds. This fiber, in fact, helps to reduce the production of cholesterol in the liver, thus acting on the endogenous synthesis of cholesterol, which represents the major source of cholesterol in our body, about 70%. Not only that, fenugreek stimulates the expulsion of cholesterol. As a result, the body has a greater need for cholesterol, which is taken from the bloodstream, thus leading to a further reduction in cholesterol values. Finally, fenugreek, thanks to its particular compound, diosgenin, reduces cholesterol stored in the liver.
Fenugreek, how you can take it
Fenugreek is used as a spice, to be added to vegetables, meat and salads. Not only that, fenugreek is also found in supplement form. In this case, however, before taking it, always ask your doctor for advice as fenugreek can interact with some medicines, such as those for diabetes, blood clotting and blood pressure. In addition to this, the use of fenugreek as a supplement can cause gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, diarrhea and flatulence.