1. Cinnamon or Cinnamomum zeylanicum (CZ), Ceylon cinnamon is a common day to day herb that is used in kitchen, all over the world. In addition to its culinary uses, in native Ayurvedic medicine Cinnamon is considered a remedy for respiratory, digestive and gynaecological ailments. Although, almost every part of the cinnamon tree including the bark, leaves, flowers, fruits and roots, has some medicinal or culinary use, the bark has been used conventionally as a treatment for diabetes .
Cinnamommum zeylanicum is a tropical evergreen plant and is mostly found in Southern parts of India and in Sri Lanka. Cinnamomum zeylanicum (CZ), has many more medicinal properties as compared to Cinnamon cassia (CC) (also known as Cinnamomum aromaticum or Chinese cinnamon. The main difference between the two is their coumarin content. The levels of coumarins in CC appear to be very high and pose health risks if consumed regularly in higher quantities. Coumarin (cinnamaldehyde) is the main chemical component of medicinal importance in the bark. The beneficial effects of cinnamon as shown by many In-vivo studies are:
a) attenuation of weight loss associated with diabetes,
b) reduction of Fasting Blood Glucose,
c) reduction of LDL and increase in HDL cholesterol,
d) reduction of HbA1c and
e) increase in circulating insulin levels.
In addition, it also showed beneficial effects against diabetic neuropathy and nephropathy.
Quantity required per day: 6gms or approx. 1 teaspoon bark powder per day. It is best to use it with green tea as an infusion or consumed with warm water.
2. Fenugreek Seeds: or Trigonella foenum-graecum L. Leguminosae, is one of the oldest medicinal plants, originating in India and Northern Africa. Applications of fenugreek have been found documented in many ancient countries of the world such as Egypt, Rome, China and India. In modern times also, in Egypt it is still used for bread making along with wheat and maize In Rome it had been used for centuries to aid labour and delivery. Fenugreek has also been used traditionally, used in Chinese medicine and in India to treat weakness and as lactation stimulant, respectively. Fenugreek is cultivated all over the world as a semi-arid crop.
The active components of fenugreek are the saponins, high quantities of soluble fibre, flavonoids, alkaloids and proteins. All these compounds together are responsible for the pharmacological effects of fenugreek seeds. The beneficial effects of fenugreek are that it is a
It has a beneficial influence on digestion and also, has the ability to modify food texture.
Recommended daily intake of a minimum of 25gms of these seeds has been proven to provide the required beneficial effects. The best way to use them is to soak them or sprout them, as the compounds in fenugreek have been found to work best in aqueous solution.
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