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Atherosclerosis. 1984 Jan;50(1):105-11.

Hypocholesterolaemic effect of fenugreek seeds in dogs.


Fractions of fenugreek seed were added to the diet of normal or diabetic hypercholesterolaemic dogs for 8 days. The effects on levels of blood glucose, plasma glucagon and plasma cholesterol were investigated. The lipid extract had no effect. The defatted fraction which is rich in fibres (53.9%) and contains 4.8% of steroid saponins significantly lowered basal blood glucose (P less than 0.02), plasma glucagon (P less than 0.01) and plasma cholesterol (P less than 0.02) levels in normal dogs. The addition of this fraction to the food of diabetic hypercholesterolaemic dogs caused a decrease of cholesterolaemia (P less than 0.02) and reduced hyperglycaemia. In conclusion, the defatted portion of fenugreek seed induces a hypocholesterolaemic effect.

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