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Exogenous regulation of biological productivity of fenugreek


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In the article the results of the effect on Trigonella foenum-graecum L. productivity by organic fertilizers EcoFus and Siliplant and presowing inoculation of seeds with the Rizotorphyn are presented. We investigated effect of organic-mineral fertilizers “EcoFus” and “Siliplant” and presowing inoculation by “Rhizotorphyn”. ”EcoFus” and “Siliplant” increase herb yield by 24.8 and 18.8 % compare to control. “Rhizotorphyn” increasing yield of seeds production by 32.1 % compared to control. For the first time we present the data of the study devoted to the effect of foliar treatments with micronutrients and presowing seed inoculation on the quantitative content of flavonoids in fenugreek seeds. The highest flavonoid content was found in seeds subjected to foliar treatments with a binary mixture of “EcoFus + Siliplant” (1.59 %). Work is performed under the topic of the research project No. 0576-2019-0007.
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Exogenous regulation of biological productivity of fenugreek
Olga M. Savchenko* and Firdaus M. Khazieva
All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, 117216 Moscow, Russia
Abstract. In the article the results of the effect on Trigonella foenum-graecum L. productivity by organic
fertilizers EcoFus and Siliplant and presowing inoculation of seeds with the Rizotorphyn are presented. We
investigated effect of organic-mineral fertilizers “EcoFus” and “Siliplant” and presowing inoculation by
“Rhizotorphyn”. ”EcoFus” and “Siliplant” increase herb yield by 24.8 and 18.8 % compare to control.
Rhizotorphynincreasing yield of seeds production by 32.1 % compared to control. For the first time we
present the data of the study devoted to the effect of foliar treatments with micronutrients and presowing
seed inoculation on the quantitative content of flavonoids in fenugreek seeds. The highest flavonoid content
was found in seeds subjected to foliar treatments with a binary mixture of “EcoFus + Siliplant” (1.59 %).
Work is performed under the topic of the research project No. 0576-2019-0007.
1 Introduction
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) is an annual
herbaceous plant, well known in culture since ancient
times as valuable forage and medicinal plants.
The fenugreek (Trigonella) genus of the legume
family (Fabaceae) consists of 129 species in the world
flora, of which 44 are perennial and 85 are annual. On
the territory of the Russian Federation grow about 50
species of fenugreek (perennial and annual) [1].
Fenugreek grows naturally in Western Asia, Turkey,
Iraq and Iran, spreading to the Himalayas.
It is used for green fodder, hay and green fertilizer.
Seeds are used for concentrates, as well as in folk
medicine, veterinary medicine and technology. In its
pure form fenugreek is not recommended for use. Young
shoots are used as a salad, seeds - for cereals, flour. In
the southern regions of Russia it is cultivated in busy
pairs (for early feed, for green fertilizer) and as stubble
It positively responds to moisture and fertilizers. To
soils it is not demanding, unsuitable only to heavy,
floating, acidic, waterlogged soil. Many of its ecotypes
and geographical forms are not affected by diseases and
pests [1].
Fenugreek is a drought-resistant plant, characterized
as plastic to growing conditions. Therefore, some of its
forms and biotypes can be cultivated up to 60° North
latitude. Shoots appear in 78 days after germination of
seeds, with a lack of moisture in the soil in 1518 days.
The plant has a tap root. Stem erect, slightly branched,
round, hairy, green, length 2560 cm. Leaves are
trifoliate and short. Leaflets are back-ovate or broadly
lanceolate, toothed, glabrous, 2-4 cm long. The corolla is
almost twice as long as the calyx. The fruit is a bean,
somewhat curved, glabrous, 616 cm long, brown after
ripening. Seeds are greenish and yellowish, 46 mm
long. Weight of 1000 seeds is 1416 g. The whole plant
has an intense odor. [1, 2].
Mature fenugreek seeds contain up to 1.34 % of the
amount of steroid saponins (diosgenin, tigonin,
yamogenin) and they are used in official medicine in 8
countries [13].
Trigonella foenum-graecum L. is well known due to
pharmacology advantages: antidiabetic, antioxidant,
hypocholesterolemic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory,
anti-carcinogenic, antipyretic, immunomodulating and
anti-tumor. Fenugreek has a tonic effect [46].
Polyphenolic flavonoids, which are characterized by
hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic, hypotriglyceridemic
and antiperoxidative properties [7], steroidal saponins
exhibiting anti-inflammatory action on the uterus and
lactation-stimulating properties [8, 9], such as
anisanabarides, were identified and isolated in
Trigonella foenum-graecum L seeds [8, 9] have
antidiabetic effects [10], the amino acid 4-
hydroxyisoleucine has insulin-mimetic properties [11].
Fenugreek was conducted at the all-Union research
Institute of medicinal and aromatic plants (VILAR,
Moscow region), in the Crimean, North Caucasus
(preserved branch VILAR) and Ukrainian, the
Przheval'skaya zonal experimental stations of VILAR.
All these data confirm the need to continue the study
of fenugreek as a source of raw materials for the
production of diosgenin. In VILAR has been initiated to
restore fenugreek as promising medicinal crops.
In 1980-s medicine “Pasenin” being analog
“Polisponin” and “Tribusponin” was developed in
Russian State Medicinal and Aromatic Plant research
Institute. The “Pasenin” was developed from Trigonella
foenum-graecum L. seeds. [12].
Fenugreek hay can be used as a forage plant (due to
the presence of protein green mass and hay have high
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nutritional properties), and is a good precursor for all
vegetable plants.
Research purpose the studies of non-root
treatments effect of micro-fertilizers and presowing
inoculation of seeds on yield and flavonoid content in
Trigonella foenum-graecum L. seeds.
2 Materials and methods
2.1 Characteristics of the place of the
The studies were conducted in 20172019 on the
experimental field of the Department of Agrobiology
and Breeding according to the methods adopted for
experiments with medicinal plants [13].
The soil of the site is heavy loamy: humus (by
Tyurin) - 2.23 %, the mass fraction of nitrogen nitrates -
<2.80 million-1, the mass fraction of phosphorus
compounds (by Kirsanov) P2O5-386.28 million-1, the
amount of absorbed bases (by Cappen) - 6.3 mmol /
100g, salt pH-5.15.
Allocation of plots was randomized. Repeat 4-fold,
the square of the each experimental plot was 24 m².
2.2 Characteristics of weather conditions during
the experiment
Unstable weather conditions have a negative impact on
yields and contribute to the deterioration of the quality of
the products. Under these conditions, there is a decrease
in plant resistance to stress factors and the inability to
obtain the potential productivity of cultivated varieties
and populations.
The temperature in the growing seasons of
20172019 varied within 35 ºC. In 2017, the
temperature during the growing season was on average
below the norm by 1.33.4 C.
In 2018, during the flowering phase and the
beginning of fruiting, the air temperature was relatively
low and amounted to 16.217.3 °C. Precipitation fell in
the amount of 60 mm. in the phase of seed ripening
(July), the temperature increased (to 20. 5°C),
precipitation fell 93 mm. Weather conditions in 2019 at
the beginning of seed ripening deviated from the norm
by –2.4° [13].
2.3 Micronutrients and inoculants
In order to increase productivity, we used a binary
mixture of organic fertilizer EcoFus (5 ml/L) and
Siliplant microfertilizers (1 ml/L), which have proven
themselves in medicinal plants [15, 16].
Siliplant is a microfertilizer with a high content of
silicium (67 %) in an accessible form for plants.
Silicium, which is a part of Siliplant, activates
synthesis of auxins necessary for root system growth.
The solution was applied at a concentration of 1 ml/L.
[15, 16].
EcoFus organic-mineral fertilizer based on fucus
algae, contains physiologically active substances
possessing immunostimulating, antiviral, antibacterial
and fungicidal action. The solution was applied at a
concentration of 5 ml/L. Consumption 300400 l/hectare.
The inoculation of seeds was carried out with the
biological product Rhizotorphyn (200 g/hectare).
Rhizotorphyn (strains of nodule bacteria of the genera:
Bradyrhizobium, Rhizobium, Sinorhizobium,
Mesorhizobium), highly concentrated inoculants with
increased biological efficiency based on gamma sterile
peat. 1 g contains at least 2.5 billion Rhizobia. Inoculants
have increased nodulation ability of the root system of
legumes. As a result of the using of the inoculant,
nodulation form on the roots which fix molecular
nitrogen (N2) from the air and convert it into NH4 + form
which accessible for plants. This process allows reducing
or abandoning mineral fertilizers introduced into the soil
without reducing yield, increases the yield of plants and
their resistance to adverse environmental factors [1719].
The biological product was developed by the Russian
State Research Institute of Agricultural Microbiology.
2.4 Quantitative analysis of flavonoids
Quantitative analysis of flavonoids in the seeds of
fenugreek we have developed methodology based on
differential spectrophotometry on a LAMBDA-950
spectrophotometer using a technique for determining
flavonoids in combination with Aluminum chloride in
the range of 385460 nm. For quantitation of flavonoids
in raw we have developed methodology based on
bacteria’s ability to form colored complex of C2H5OH
and AlCl3 what causes a bathochromic shift of the long-
wavelength absorption band and at the same time gives
the main absorption maximum at a wavelength of 393 ±
2 nm [2022].
The extract was left to soak for 24 hours and then the
extraction was carried out in a boiling water bath for 30
minutes twice. For develop methods for the quantitative
determination of the sum of flavonoids, a reaction with
an alcoholic solution of Aluminum chloride was used.
In order to develop the manual we determinate
optimal conditions for extractions: ethanol 70 %, as
extracting. Ratio raw / extracting 1:50. Sum of
flavonoids measured in conversion with Apigenin using
standard solution of Apigenin CAS№520-36-5 in 95 %
The degree of flavonoid content (%) was calculated
by formula:
  
 (1)
Х flavonoid content conversioned to Apigenin
А optic density of test solution
А0 optic density of standard solution ;
m raw mass, gramm
m0 mass standard solution ruthin, gramm;
mass loss on drying of raw materials
Concentrations of Apigenin and Aluminium chloride
from 0,0002 to 0,0020 % of are match to meanings of
optic density from 0,1 to 1,0 %.
This dependence is described by linear equation:
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       (2)
Mean of coefficient of absorption of Apigenin and
Aluminium chloride complex is 491 with relative error 3 %.
3 Results and discussions
In 20172019 years sowing of Trigonella foenum-
graecum L was carried out in the first ten days of May in
a wide-row method (row spacing 60 cm). The sowing
rate is 6 kg/ha, the seed placement depth is 3 cm. The
predecessors are black steam. After 710 days, seedlings
appeared. The field germination of seeds in all variants
was 94 % after 2030 days from the plants began to
branch. In the last decade of June, mass budding of
plants was observed. In the phase of the onset of seed
ripening, the height of the plants had been 39-43 cm was
not increased further.
The length of the growing season of fenugreek plants
after treatment by micronutrients was lengthened. From
germination to full maturation of seeds in the control
variant was 74 days. The time from germination to
harvesting of fenugreek plants after treatment by
micronutrients was 7780 days. The time from
germination to harvesting in control variant was 8595
days. The main phenological phases took of the
fenugreek plants, after the influence of non-root
treatments with a binary mixture of EcoFus + Siliplant
take the place on 24 days earlier than the plants from
the control site.
Foliar treatments and seed inoculation also had a
noticeable effect on the intensity of the color of
fenugreek leaves and stems. Plants in the variant
“EcoFus + Siliplant” were characterized by intensive
growth, dark green color of leaves (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1. Plant of fenugreek variants of foliar treatment by:
1 Presowing inoculation of fenugreek by “Rhizotorphyn”;
2 Foliar treatment by a mixture EcoFus + Siliplant”;
3 Control
As it is shown in figure 1, seed inoculation
significantly stimulates the development of the symbiotic
apparatus. The plants of fenugreek have a more
branched root system, therefore, get more nutrition.
Foliar treatment by a mixture of organic fertilizer
EcoFus with microfertilizer Siliplant increased plant
growth. In 20 days the height of the plants exceeded the
control by 7.0 %, harvesting (third decade of August) by
4.3 % (Table 1). Rhizotorphyn increased plant height
by 7.8 % in budding phase compare to control and by
4.8 % in harvesting. If the purpose of production is the
cultivation of fenugreek for green food, the plants are
suitable for harvesting after treatment by “EcoFus +
Table 1. Effect of complex organic-mineral fertilizers and macrosimbionts of Trigonella foenum-graecum L. plants 20172019
Height, cm (20 days
after treatment)
Height, cm
Yield productivity
(air dry mass) kg/hectare
Number of shoots per
1 plant, pcs
EcoFus + Siliplant
42.3±3.6 (107.0 %)
43.0±4.1 (104.3 %)
3120.2±278.3 (124.8%)
5.0±0.7 (131.5 %)
42.6±3.8 (107.8 %)
43.2±4.2 (104.8 %)
2970.4±185.6 (118.8 %)
4.5±0.5 (118.4 %)
*Values are significantly different at P ≤ 0.05.
Increasing of growing on the “EcoFus + Siliplant”
and “Rhizotorphyn” types of experiment contributed to
an increase in grass yield (air-dry mass) by 24.8 and
18.8 %, respectively, compared to the control.
Under the influence of organic-mineral fertilizers and
macrosimbionts, not only the height of fenugreek plants
increased, but also their bushiness by 18.431.5 %. This
increased the yield of the above-ground part of the
plants, and also led to increase the number of beans on
the plants (Table 2).
Presowing inoculation of “Rhizotorphyn” increased
yield productivity and quality of seeds by 32.2 %. Non-
root treatment with a binary mixture of “EcoFus +
Siliplant” (5 ml/l + 1 ml/l) increases the seed yield by
13.7 % compared to control (Table 2).
In the analysis of table 2 a significant increase by
18.421.7 % weight of 1000 seeds after application of
foliar treatments “EcoFus” + ”Siliplant” and inoculation
with “Rhizotorphyn” it is shown. After the presowing
inoculation of fenugreek seeds with “Rhizotorphyn”, there
is a significant (at P<0.05) increase (22.3 %) compared
with control the weight of the seeds from 1 bean.
The use of a binary mixture EcoFus + Siliplant”
increased the number of beans on the plant, but the
weight and quality of seeds was influenced by pre-
sowing inoculation with Rhizotorphyn”.
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Table 2. Influence of complex application of organo-mineral fertilizers and macro-symbionts of legumes on the productivity of
fenugreek, 20172019
Seed yield
The amount of beans
per plant, pcs
Amount seeds in bean,
Seed mass, kg/hectare
EcoFus + Siliplant
996.5±91.81 (113.7 %)
7.3±1.15 (108.9 %)
1150.3± 112.54 (132.2 %)
8.2±1.43 (122.3 %)*
*Values are significantly different at P ≤ 0.05.
A comparative study of productivity fenugreek hay
revealed the dependence of these vegetation processes
on the meteorological conditions of the growing season.
Thus, under cold stress (2017), fenugreek had a decrease
in plant growth, bushiness and yield compared to
optimal weather conditions of 20182019 years (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2. Influence of foliar treatments and presowing inoculation
on fenugreek crop elements depending on the conditions of the
year of observation
Processing binary mixture “EcoFus + Siliplant”
increased the number of beans per plant. In this case, the
growing season increased to 95110 days, the seeds did
not have time for full mature. In contrast, the inoculation
by “Rhizotorphyn” has proven itself in cold and wet
weather conditions of 2017 and allowed obtaining high
yields of seeds (Fig. 2).
It should be noted, that under adverse weather
conditions in 2017, harvesting was carried out 1520
days later than under optimal conditions for fenugreek
hay. “Rhizotorphyn” under hydrothermal stress (drought
conditions 2018 year) contributed to the improvement of
adaptive capabilities of fenugreek to adverse weather
conditions and reduced crop losses.
In the variant “EcoFus + Siliplant” was a secondary
flowering of plants on the background of the warm
period in August of 2018 (the average temperature was
19, 8° C). In this variant, uneven ripening of beans and
seeds was noted.
The highest content of flavonoids was found in seeds
witch had been treated by “EcoFus + Siliplant” (1.59 %).
“Rhizotorphyn” increased flavonoid content by 1.09 %.
Presowing inoculation by “Rhizotorphyn has not effect
on flavonoid content. Non root treatment by “EcoFus +
Siliplant” increased flavonoid content by 45.8 %
(Table 3).
Presowing inoculation of Trigonella foenum-
graecum L. seeds by the Rhizotorphyn have not much
effect on the accumulation of flavonoids. Rizotorphyn
can be used to increase seed yield and aerial mass.
Table 3. Content of flavonoids in terms of Apigenin in fenugreek seeds
Optimal complexation time, min
λ max
Flavanoid content, %
EcoFus + Siliplant
1.59* ± 0.03
1.09 ± 0.03
1.06 ± 0.03
*Values are significantly different at P ≤ 0.05.
4 Conclusion
Non root treatment binary mixture “EcoFus + Siliplant”
increased grass yield (dry mass) by 24.8 % compare to
control. This treatment also increases the number of
beans on fenugreek plants.
Presowing inoculation increased yield of seeds by
32.2 %. After the presowing inoculation of fenugreek
seeds with “Rhizotorphyn”, there is a significant increase
on 22.3 % compared with control the weight of the seeds
from 1 bean.
Non root treatment by binary mixture “EcoFus +
Siliplant” have effect on flavonoid content in Trigonella
foenum-graecum L. seeds by 45.8 %.
The highest flavonoid content was found in seeds
subjected to foliar treatments with a binary mixture of
“EcoFus + Siliplant” (1.59 %). Seeds collected from the
samples treatment by “Rhizotorphyn” slightly exceed the
control variant in terms of flavonoid content (1.09 %).
The authors are grateful to Andrei Petrovich
Kozhemyakov, Ph.D., the head of the Ecology
Laboratory of Symbiotic and Associative Rhizobacteria
of the Russian State Scientific Research Institute of
Agricultural Microbiology for the provided Rizotorfin
biological product.
The authors express special gratitude to Irina
Evgenievna Stanishevskaya (Deputy Director for
Academic Affairs, RUDN University) for phytochemical
studies of Trigonella foenum-graecum L. seeds.
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The authors have no conflict of interest.
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ID-1101 (4-hydroxyisoleucine), an amino acid extracted from fenugreek seeds, exhibits an interesting glucose-dependent insulin-stimulating activity. The present study was undertaken to investigate a possible extrapancreatic effect of ID-1101 on insulin signaling and action besides its previously described insulinotropic action. Insulin-sensitizing effects of ID-1101 were investigated in rat in vivo by three different approaches: 1) using euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamps in two different rat models of insulin resistance, i.e., Zucker fa/fa rats and rats fed a sucrose-lipid diet; 2) measuring liver and muscle phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase activity after an acute injection of ID-1101 in normal and insulin-resistant diabetic rats; and 3) after chronic treatment in two rat models of insulin resistance. Euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp experiments revealed that ID-1101 can improve insulin resistance through an increase of peripheral glucose utilization rate in sucrose-lipid-fed rats and by decreasing hepatic glucose production in Zucker fa/fa rats. Moreover, we demonstrated that a single injection of ID-1101 activates the PI 3-kinase activity in liver and muscle from normal rats but also in muscle from diabetic rats. Finally, chronic ID-1101 treatment significantly reduced insulinemia in type 2 diabetic rats and reduced the progression of hyperinsulinemia in insulin-resistant obese Zucker fa/fa rats. These findings clearly demonstrate that ID-1101 can reduce insulin resistance through activation of the early steps of insulin signaling in peripheral tissues and in liver. In summary, ID-1101, besides its insulinotropic effect, directly improves insulin sensitivity, making it a potentially very valuable therapeutic agent for diabetes treatment.
With the introduction of new species of medicinal plants there is a change in their usual ecological condition. Unstable weather conditions and phytopathogens can have a negative influence on crop yields. In this article discussed some aspects exogeny management of adaptation processes for new introduced medicinal plants: Lycopus europaeus L., Arctium lappa L., Serratula coronata L. Application of plant growth regulator Dvau for rooting cuttings and binary mixtures of growth regulator Zircon and organomineral (Absolute,Ecofus) or silicon fertilizers (Siliplant) in fields on gypsywort promotes resistance to adverse weather conditions and reduced crop losses in low moisture and high temperatures of 16-20%, with high humidity and low temperature – 23-25%. On greater burdock it is shown that insufficient water supply has a negative impact on growth processes: the area of the assimilating surface of plants decreases by 17%, the mass of roots - by 13%. Double treatment of plants with silicon-containing microfertilizer Siliplant eliminates the negative impact of drought and increases the yield of roots (medicinal raw materials) by 17-18%. Abiotic and biotic stresses can have a negative impact on the yield and quality of medicinal raw materials of Serratula coronata. Application of microfertilizer Ferovit in dry weather conditions increases the area of the assimilating surface by 28-30%, the yield of raw materials (grass) by 20-25%. One of the biotic stress on Serratulais is the defeat of plants by powdery mildew (Erysiphe cichoracearum D.C.). Complex application of the growth regulator Zircon and microfertilizer Ferovit provided a more rapid passing of phenological stages, which allowed to begin the harvest before plants defeat by powdery mildew and to exclude from the agrotechnology the use of fungicides.
A growing body of evidence supported by numerous studies on tumorigenesis confirms that it is possible to target various hallmarks of cancer. Recent studies have shown that plant-derived molecules may be used in targeting different signaling pathways for cancer drug discovery. The present paper gives an insight into the anticancer potential of fenugreek and lists the existing studies that have been carried out to demonstrate the advantages of the use of fenugreek in cancer treatment and prevention. It also aims at opening up new perspectives in the development of new drugs of natural origins in the future clinical trials. This review article will discuss; (1) the chemical constituents and bioactive compounds of fenugreek; (2) effects on oxidative stress and inflammation; (3) effects on proliferation, apoptosis, and invasion; (4) toxicity of fenugreek; and 5) future directions in cancer drug development. All of the experimental studies discussed in this paper suggest that multiple signaling pathways (hallmarks) are involved in the anticancer activities of fenugreek, but their efficacy is still unclear, which requires further investigation.
Context: The health benefits and medicinal properties of herbal food products are known since antiquity. Fenugreek [Trigonella foenum-graecum Linn. (Fabaceae)], a seed spice used to enhance flavor, color and texture of food, is employed for medicinal purposes in many traditional systems. A number of epidemiological studies and laboratory research have unraveled the biological actions of fenugreek. Objective: Research on fenugreek in recent years has identified a number of health benefits and physiological attributes in both experimental animals as well as clinical trials in humans. In this study we have reviewed the available scientific literature on fenugreek. Methods: This review article summarizes and reviews published experimental studies and scientific literature from the databases including PubMed, Google and local library searches. Results: The information available in the literature on the health benefits and pharmaceutical effects of Trigonella accounts for its known medicinal properties and adds new therapeutic effects in newer indications. Besides its known medicinal properties such as carminative, gastric stimulant, antidiabetic and galactogogue (lactation-inducer) effects, newer research has identified hypocholesterolemic, antilipidemia, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiulcer, antilithigenic, anticarcinogenic and other miscellaneous medicinal effects of fenugreek. Although most of these studies have used whole seed powder or different forms of extracts, some have identified active constituents from seeds and attributed them medicinal values for different indications. Conclusion: The resarch on Trigonella exhibits its health benefits and potential medicinal properties in various indications and has little or no side effects, suggesting its pharmaceutical, therapeutic and nutritional potential.
The soluble gel fraction of fenugreek seeds constituted the major portion of the seed coat (including the endosperm) polysaccharides, most of which consisted of galactomannan with mannose:galactose ratio of 1.5:1. The relatively small amount of the insoluble cell wall included mainly cellulose (as glucose) and pectin (as galacturoinic acid). In vivo nutrition experiments in rats and in vitro studies using inverted gut showed that the gel fraction decreased both digestion and absorption of starch and uptake of bile acid (taurocholate and deoxycholate). Whereas 600 mg of the gel fraction was required to inhibit 50% of starch digestion, as little as 80 mg inhibited 50% of bile salt uptake. The present study indicated that, the gel fraction, i.e., galactomannan, in the fenugreek seed is the factor which may be of potential benefit of fenugreek seeds in controlling plasma glucose and cholesterol levels.
The last two decades have seen an explosive increase in the number of people with diabetes globally. There is now an urgent need for strategies to prevent the emerging global epidemic. Several recent successful intervention studies, both lifestyle and pharmacological, targeting subjects with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) have stimulated enthusiasm for prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle interventions reduced the incidence of diabetes by over 50% in the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study and the Diabetes Prevention Program. Can the findings of these two studies be applied globally? Underpinning the enthusiasm, there needs to be a realistic approach to interventions in both developed and developing nations, and in ethnic groups where a better understanding of the socio-economic, cultural and demographic issues and perceptions surrounding chronic diseases such as diabetes is required. Whether the strategies used in these two studies can be translated into a 'real world' scenario is doubtful. In practice, it is more than likely that a number of strategies will be needed to compliment the lifestyle approach. These will include pharmacological approaches with metformin, acarbose and other agents used to treat diabetes and its complications, currently under investigation. Longer-term follow-up studies will also clarify whether both lifestyle and pharmacological interventions actually prevent Type 2 diabetes, or merely delay its onset.
Guidelines for quality control and safety of dietary supplements 127-131 (Federal center of Gossanepidnadzor of the Ministry of health of Russia
  • V A Tutelyan
V.A. Tutelyan, ed., Guidelines for quality control and safety of dietary supplements 127-131 (Federal center of Gossanepidnadzor of the Ministry of health of Russia, Modcow, 2004)