THE HERB FOR HIGH
For people with Type 2 diabetes, fenugreek significantly lowers unhealthy levels of blood sugar, according to a review of 10 clinical trials published in Nutrition Journal. A collaboration of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and universities in Canada and Singapore found that taking at least 5 grams of fenugreek seed powder daily produced the best results: the herb lowered A1c levels, which measure average blood sugar levels over a 2–3 month timespan, by nearly 1 point—a significant amount. Researchers speculate that the herb, popular in Asian medicine and cooking, works by reducing blood sugar absorption and enhancing insulin production.
Fenugreek seed capsules are widely available at vitamin stores (e.g., The Vitamin Shoppe Fenugreek Seed capsules), and Asian and Indian markets commonly sell fenugreek seeds, which can be ground and used as a spice.