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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 84-87

A Narrative Review on Evidence-based Antidiabetic Effect of Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum)

Department of Research and Development, S-VYASA University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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A. Mooventhan
Department of Research and Development, S-VYASA University, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijnpnd.ijnpnd_36_17

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Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common endocrine metabolic disorders. Adverse effects of the conventional antidiabetic therapy are increasing. Many herbs have strong antidiabetic properties, and fenugreek is one among them. Although fenugreek is one of the most common herbs used for diabetes, its antidiabetic effects are not well-documented. The aim of this review was to report the evidence-based antidiabetic effects of fenugreek. We performed PubMed/Medline search to review relevant articles in English literature using keywords “trigonella foenum graecum for the management of diabetes.” Out of 26 articles found, 18 articles were reported in this review. Based on the available literature, this review suggests that the fenugreek has the evidence-based antidiabetic effect, such as stimulating and/or regenerating effect on β cells along with the extrapancreatic effect, that is effective in reducing blood glucose levels in diabetic patients.

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