Nancy Dell: Iron to burn fat; Fenugreek lower blood sugar

1. I work out an hour 5 times a week but just don’t seem to burn off fat.  What could be the problem?
Katie, Internet

There could be several factors but one of the first things to look at is your iron level. Up to 30 percent of women have low iron.  Iron functions to deliver oxygen to your cells.

Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina show bringing low iron to a normal level improves the delivery of oxygen to cells so you have more energy and burn more calories and fat. Compare it to a fire. We snuff out aburning fire by depriving it of oxygen.  We make a fire roar when we fan it with oxygen.

So get a blood test, if your iron is in the low range, make your fire roar by eating iron rich foods.  Meat, fish, and poultry are highest in iron.  If you don’t eat much animal protein, get iron from beans, broccoli, spinach, and apricots.

2. I heard Fenugreek can help to lower my blood sugar.  True or False?
Erica, internet

Every 21 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes.  So there is great interest in finding ways to better control blood sugar. Certainly nothing replaces a healthy diet and exercise.

Fenugreek may be a good addition to lifestyle changes. Fenugreek is a plant. We use the leaves as an herb and the seeds are used as a spice.  It has a slight maple flavor.  Studies show it can help lower high blood sugar, lower triglycerides and raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood.

In one study from India, people with type 2 diabetes took 1 gram of fenugreek seed extract each day for 2 months.  They lowered there blood sugar 20%.  Experts say it is safe for most people if you follow the package directions.  But as always, discuss taking fenugreek with your doctor before you add it to you routine.

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