The Bitter Melon – Bitter in Taste but Sweet in Benefits

Fight Type 2 Diabetes with the Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon

Introduction

The bitter melon or bitter gourd is a vegetable fruit that comes from the Momordica Charantia plant, a vine from the Cucurbitaceae family. It is the most bitter among all vegetables and fruits, although the bitterness may vary depending on the region. It is very rich in vitamins and minerals, and it has been known to be effective in helping cure type 2 diabetes.

Also known as

  • Bitter melon
  • Bitter gourd
  • Momordica charantia
  • Bitter squash
  • Balsam-pear

Indigenous to

  • Asia
  • South America
  • Caribbean
  • Parts of Africa

Health Benefits

  • Has shown signs that it is effective against Type 2 Diabetes
  • May kill or prevent the growth of Breast cancer cells
  • Treatment for Fever
  • Treatment for Burns
  • Treatment for Painful menstruation
  • Treatment for various Skin conditions
  • Treatment for Colic
  • Treatment for Chronic cough
  • May help heal wounds
  • May assist in childbirth
  • Treatment for or may help prevent malaria
  • Treatment for or may help prevent Measles
  • Treatment for or may help prevent Chicken pox

How it Works

  • Contains charantin, vicine, and polypeptide-p – all of which help to reduce sugar levels in the blood.

Scientific Studies

  • January 2011 – Journal of Ethnopharmacology – Patients with type 2 diabetes who were treated to 2,000mg of bitter melon per day had blood glucose levels significantly lessened
  • March 2008 – Chemistry and Biology – Bitter melon improved glucose tolerance and increased cellular uptake of glucose

Precautions

  • Limit to two ounces a day
  • Consult your doctor before using it with other prescribed medication for diabetes

What to buy

 Source

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/natural-therapies/bitter-melon.html

 

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