What is it?
The fruit of the bitter melon plant resembles a small, bumpy cucumber and is used as a food and, along with its seeds and leaves, as an herbal remedy. The plant, which is also known as bitter gourd, cerasee and balsam It is most commonly found in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. its origins have been traced back to the Indian subcontinent and began to spread more than 600 years ago. Bitter melon is actually a member of the same family as s squashes, melons, and gourds, which is why it has three distinctive names, depending on where in the world you are eating this herbaceous vine.
The fruit and leaves of the bitter gourd plant contain several vitamins, including vitamins A and C and the B-complex vitamins — water-soluble vitamins that are leached from the plant when you brew bitter gourd tea. Bitter gourd also contains a number of natural compounds with biological activity, including alkaloids, glycosides and triterpenoids. It also provides linoleic acid, an essential, omega-6 fatty acid and oleic acid, a healthy, unsaturated dietary fat. Compounds called vicine, charatin and polypeptide-P that affect how your body manages carbohydrate nutrients are also found in bitter gourd.
Traditional Medicinal Uses
Bitter melon is best known for its ability to lower blood sugar, but never self-treat diabetes with bitter melon or any other herb
Bitter melon is contraindicated in pregnant women
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