One of these natural medicines is fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds. A study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements revealed that fenugreek seeds powder has a hypolipidemic effect, which means that it can be used to manage cholesterol levels.
Fenugreek has been used in alternative and Chinese medicine as a treatment for skin problems and other diseases for thousands of years. In more recent years, it has become a common household spice and a thickening agent. This herb is also used in various Indian and Asian cooking for its nutritional profile and slightly sweet, nutty taste.
For the study, researchers from Rabindranath Tagore Medical College and C.U. Shah Medical College in India evaluated the effect of fenugreek seeds powder on hyperlipidemia in an animal model. They fed 20 rabbits with pure cholesterol for eight weeks to cause hyperlipidemia.
Then, they 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 researchers measured the subjects' lipid profile and weight at the start, the eighth week, and 12th week of the study. They compared the lipid profiles at the beginning of the study with the outcomes after cholesterol feeding. Cholesterol feeding caused a significant increase in body weight and lipid profile and a significant decline in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in both groups.
The supplementation of fenugreek seeds powder for four weeks led to significant reductions in the serum total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and the atherogenic index, as well as an increase in the HDL cholesterol. These results indicated that fenugreek seeds powder has a hypolipidemic effect.
With these findings, the researchers concluded that fenugreek seeds powder can be used to manage cholesterol levels.
You can manage your cholesterol without using drug medications by making healthy lifestyle changes, such as:
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