Food Facts - Vegetables

  Bitter Melon


Bitter Melon commonly known as bitter gourd has plenty of health benefits. Some of the most well-known benefits of bitter melon are its ability to help manage diabetes, prevent and reduce symptoms of cancer, improve respiratory health, boost the immune system and improve skin health.

1. Diabetes Management :
Bitter melon is one of the most potent fruits for managing diabetes mellitus . There are significant levels of charntin, peptides that resemble insulin, and alkaloids within the fleshy fruit of bitter melon. All of these components actively affect the levels of blood sugar and help in reducing it. It also helps to prevent unpredictable spikes and drops in insulin levels by regulating the metabolism and use of sugar that the body has consumed in food.

2. Hemorrhoid Relief :
A number of studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory qualities present in bitter melon make it a very good salve for the uncomfortable condition of piles, also known as hemorrhoids. When you create a paste from the root of the bitter melon plant, you can apply it topically to reduce the inflammation and relieve pain and bleeding. If you drink bitter melon juice, you can also receive similar benefits, if you can handle the taste!

3. Strengthens Immune System :
Bitter melon is a very good source of antioxidants that make it a powerful defense mechanism against illness in the body. By adding bitter melon to your diet, you can greatly improve your chances of defending against very serious diseases, including heart attack, kidney damage, and liver failure.

4. Cancer Prevention :
The antioxidants present in bitter melon may help to destroy free radicals that can cause diseases (including numerous forms of cancer). Bitter melon has been widely studied as an anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic. Primarily, studies have shown positive correlations between eating bitter melon and the prevention or reduction in tumor growth for cervical, prostate, and breast cancer patients.

5. Improves Respiratory Conditions :
There have been a number of studies that show bitter melon as a means of getting relief from respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and hay fever (rhinitis). Itís anti-histamine, suppressant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and antiviral properties make it an ideal booster for respiratory health.

6. Fungal Infections :
The antifungal and antibacterial qualities of bitter melon make it ideal for fighting off various fungal infections. Specifically, in terms of infections and skin health, bitter melon has been useful in treating ringworm and psoriasis. Its anti-inflammatory qualities reduce the irritating itching associated with such skin conditions and infections.

Pregnant women should not consume bitter melon, because it can stimulate excess menstrual bleeding.Also, as mentioned earlier, it acts very strongly to reduce blood sugar levels, which can become dangerous, particularly in the time leading up to and after surgical procedures.