Momordica charantia or Bitter Melon is the edible fruit-pod of a
tendril-bearing vine native to India and is now widely cultivated in Asia,
Africa, and the Caribbean islands. This fruit is harvested before it
ripens, otherwise, it becomes increasingly bitter.
The use of bitter melon in traditional medicine dates back 600 years ago.
At present, pharmacological research and clinical trials found that the
fruit contains several health benefits, particularly hypoglycemic effects.
Bitter melon improves the body's ability to use blood sugar and
improves glucose tolerance.
The many wonderful health benefits of bitter melon overlap with what the
bitter taste provides. Bitter melon, for example, supports a healthy
pancreas, it supports balanced blood sugar levels in the normal range, and
it helps to maintain normal blood glucose metabolism. Further, it has an
affinity for the blood and brings these cleansing, purifying qualities into
the entire circulatory system.
Bitter melon is pungent too, which also points to this plant's ability to
help purify and cleanse the body, including the blood.
Blood Sugar / Diabetes: Bitter Melon contains a polypeptide, an
insulin-like compound called and charantin, which has been shown to help
with diabetic properties and actively helps in the reduction of blood sugar
levels. Shown effective in helping prevent unpredictable spikes and drops
in insulin levels by regulating the metabolism and use of sugar the body
has consumed. Bitter Melon acts as a hypoglycemic agent. It is a rich
source of soluble fiber and is low in glycemic index, shown helpful in
lowering the blood sugar level.
Pancreas Support: One of the most surprising health benefits of bitter
melon is its anti-cancer properties. Bitter melon has been shown to disrupt
the production of glucose, potentially inhibiting the growth of pancreatic
cancer cells. Bitter melon has also been shown to starve other cancerous
cells in the liver, colon, breast, or prostate.
Kidney Stones: Bitter melon can be helpful in ridding the body of kidney
stones through naturally breaking them down. Bitter melon reduces high acid
that helps produce painful kidney stones. Infuse bitter melon powder with
water to create a healthful tea. This tea has a nutty flavor and,
surprisingly, does not require sweetening.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Bitter melon is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by
mouth during pregnancy. Certain chemicals in bitter melon fruit, juice, and
seeds can start menstrual bleeding and have caused abortion in animals. Not
enough is known about the safety of using bitter melon during
breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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