Karela, famously known as bitter melon is one of the world’s best nutritious fruits. Bitter melon contains several nutritional values. It is one of the most powerful natural medicines capable of curing different diseases and health conditions.
What is bitter melon?
According to Wikipedia, bitter melon is a fruit, but not the type that can be eaten raw. It looks like a pockmarked cucumber. Bitter melon is one of the popular edible pod vegetables in different
Asian countries. It is widely grown as a field crop as well as backyard vegetable. In fact, it is among the bitterest tasting of all culinary vegetables. It is said to have originated from South-East Asia.
Bitter melon’s scientific name is Momordica charantia. The English names are bitter gourd, bitter squash, and bitter melon. It is a common ingredient in many Chinese recipes.
You are about to learn how this fruit helps in the treatment of diabetes and cancer.
Please read on.
What is the nutritional value of bitter melon?
Bitter melon is an awesome source of vital vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and K, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, dietary fiber, magnesium, and folic acid.
Bitter melon has the capability to boost your immune system, carry out a thorough liver detoxification as well as expedite your weightloss campaign. In addition, studies have shown that bitter melon can effectively protect you from diabetes and cancer as well as help treat them if you are already a patient.
Bitter Melon Treats Diabetes
Various studies have shown that bitter melon can help reduce your glucose level and normalize your blood sugar. It contains three important properties: vicine, charantin, and polypeptide-p, found to be hypoglycemic agents.
A good number of studies have been done to review and evaluate the efficacy of bitter melon in the treatment of diabetes:
The findings of a 4-week clinical trial were published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in January 2011. The results showed that a 2,000 mg daily dose of bitter melon substantially cut down the blood glucose levels of patients with type 2 diabetes.
Another research showed that charantin is more potent in the treatment of diabetes than the oral hypoglycemic drug tolbutamide. Polypeptide-p, one of the constituents of bitter melon is proven to be effective in reducing blood glucose levels.
Other older researches have also opined that there exists a connection between bitter melon intake and improved glycemic control. Similarly, a research published in the March edition (2008) of Chemistry and Biology revealed that bitter melon enhanced and increased cellular uptake of glucose and improved glucose tolerance.
Bitter Melon Kills Breast and Pancreatic Cancer Cells
A good number of scientists have averred that bitter melon is capable of destroying cancer cells as well preventing them from spreading to other parts of the body.
Bitter melon has been found to be effective in the treatment of prostate, colon, lung, and liver cancer as well as leukemia and neuroblastoma. Recent studies have also shown that this powerful fruit can treat pancreatic and breast cancer.
The results of a recent study show that bitter melon is capable of curing breast cancer. Human breast cancer cells exposed to bitter melon extracts were tested, and it was confirmed that the melon extract can effectively kill breast cancer cells. Bitter melon is also a powerful preventive measure against cancer.
A study, from the University of Colorado Cancer Center, revealed that bitter melon is effective in treatment of pancreatic cancer. Bitter melon extract has been found to be capable of destroying pancreatic cancer cells.
It also helps to prevent the spread of pancreatic cancer cells.
Bitter melon extract can be bought as an herbal supplement. The fruit itself is ready available in Asian groceries and food stores while other forms of the fruit-vegetable are available in most food shops.
If you are planning of adding bitter melon to your diet, don’t take more than 2 ounces of bitter melon daily. Its excessive consumption can cause diarrhoea or abdominal pain.
Also, if you intend to use bitter melon for glycemic control, do well to consult your physician or healthcare professional first to check if you can use it alongside your prescribed diabetes medication.
Please share with your friends.