Health Benefits of Bitter Melon Juice

Bitter melon juice is famous all over the world for lowering blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Also, leaf extracts of bitter melon plants contain broad-spectrum antibacterial properties. Bitter melon is also called bitter gourd and its botanical name is Momordica charantia. Bitter melon juice is used primarily as a powerful home remedy for diabetes. It is one of the strongest hypoglycemic available in the basket of Mother Nature which helps in regulating blood sugar levels. Bitter melon juice is also used as an antiviral and an antibacterial herb. Several investigations carried out by renowned scientists revealed a substance called MAP 30 in bitter melon that is effective in treating various types of cancers, different types of benign tumors, and even HIV and AIDS. Indians consume bitter melon juice for treating their gastrointestinal problems like stomachache and hemorrhoids and dermatological problems like skin infections. Bitter gourd or bitter melon is a natural blood purifier and helps in getting rid of acne naturally. Bitter gourd has also been found beneficial in treatment of herpes. Bitter melon juice also helps in natural weight loss.

Natural Bitter Melon Juice
Natural Bitter Melon Juice

More Benefits of Bitter Melon Juice

Bitter melon or bitter gourd is also known as karela in Hindi or balsam pear in English. Bitter melon juice is also a powerful natural diuretic and helps in decreasing weight naturally. It is interesting to note that bitter melon contains two times the beta-carotene of broccoli, two times the calcium of spinach, and two times the potassium of bananas. Bitter melon juice contains vitamins B1, vitamin B3, vitamin C, phosphorus, and is rich in dietary fiber and therefore has been recommended as a natural herbal supplement.

How to make bitter melon recipe? Karela fry

Bitter melon plant has been used by many naturopathics all over the world including Ayurvedic medicine doctors of India to treat different types of ailments. The extract of bitter melon has chemical properties similar to those of insulin in some animals. Routine use of bitter gourd supplements helps in reduction of blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. Bitter melon juice is good for increasing pancreatic insulin secretion and stimulating cell growth.

As mentioned above, bitter gourd contains MAP 30 that has been found effective against rashes, tumors, herpes, and many other viruses. MAP 30 is the most important component of bitter gourd due to its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, which inhibit the growth of viruses making them unable to form patches of irritated skin. Most importantly, beta and alpha proteins contained in bitter melon have an inhibitory effect on HIV infection or human immunodeficiency virus infection.

Indian bitter melon or bitter gourd or karela or balsam pear.
Indian bitter melon or bitter gourd or karela or balsam pear.

Amazing Facts of Bitter Melon

  • The most important thing to note is that eating bitter melon is not always pleasant to taste because it tastes very bitter and pungent.
  • When bitter melon is green, its pulp and seeds are white.
  • Pulp or flesh of bitter melon is crisp and watery similar to that of cucumber. If you want to make bitter gourd taste better or less bitter, then you have to add salt and then wash it before consumption.
  • Bitter melon juice can be a good alternative for weight loss because it is a natural diuretic and helps in improving blood circulation.
  • While bitter gourd is available in the market in form of capsules or bitter gourd supplements combined with other components, the best is the good natural form of bitter melon juice.

Side Effects or Abuse of Bitter Melon Juice

  • Bitter melon juice is not recommended for young children.
  • It is advised to not drink bitter melon juice at the time of pregnancy because it contains two proteins, which have abortifacient properties and can cause abortion.
  • A large amount of bitter melon juice can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain and discomfort.

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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

Very interesting Soni. This is the first time of my hearing of this. Thank you for sharing this vital information.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Veronica. I will not let you bore throughout my hubs. I promise to keep on providing new and unique information on different types of herbs and remedies all over this month also.

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Anath 6 years ago

Hi Soni, I've never seen or heard about bitter melon before. It sounds like it has plenty of health benefits. I wish we could get all those exotic fruits and veg where I live. Thank you for the discovery :)

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quicksand 6 years ago

Hi Raj, I did not know that this vegetable was called bitter melon as well!

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@Anath, I wish that would happen and you can easily get all the exotic fruits and vegetables in your area.

@quicksand, yes our favorite karela is called bitter melon and bitter gourd. I love eating karela at dinnertime as it cleans up all the toxins and i have it mostly on weekends right after eating my delicious chicken or mutton recipe in the afternoon in lunch

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quicksand 6 years ago

Should it be eaten raw or steamed, eaten alone or in combination with other vegetables? I mean at dinnertime. :)

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

No karela or bitter melon cannot be eaten raw. You have to cook and make a bitter melon vegetable recipe as shown in the above video. Yes, after preparing this, it can be consumed at dinnertime or lunchtime. I also eat karela dish in breakfast with paranthas or chapattis.

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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Bitter gourd is a very common vegetable you can grow even in garden bags. You have such a ton of information to share about this vine. I use this, fruit, pulp, leaves, and juice to lower my blood sugar level. It's effective. Thanks Soni.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Lita for sharing your personal advice on bitter gourd.

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Hey Soni, This drink looks so good; however, my Asian friends complain about how bitter this melon is; and they do not like it. However, I've been reading about how great the bitter melon is so, I've asked a friend to take me on an adventure to try some.

O.k. it is really late here, and I probably missed reading it, but how do you prepare the beautiful drink at the top? :) Rating up!

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

HI Money Glitch, the drink is looking beautiful but it is really really bitter but at the same time with loads of health benefits explained in the hub. I will share the recipe of preparing this drink in one of my upcoming hubs.

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Holarana 6 years ago

Can you suggest any juice recipes for karela combined with other vegetables and fruits please?

Susan 6 years ago

I was born in trinidad west indies and since i was a child i heard my parents speak of this cure for cancer,,both sides of my grandparents came from India,,i have been trying it for a few days,,i have chronic ear infection and sinus and throat problems,,and i already feel different

Kaye 6 years ago

If making Karel juice what other fruits or veg can be combined with to make it less bitter?

Betsy 5 years ago

Hi soni,thx 4 de advice on making the karela drink its ma first time, hey its electrifying bitter but i sweetened it with honey n it was cool.thumps up 4 karela.

katy 5 years ago

where do you buy bitter melon juice?

Tinospora Cordifolia 5 years ago

Bitter-melon is one of the best herb or the vegetable given by nature to the human mankind... It can be used to control the high blood pressure as well as in lowering the anxiety level too..

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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks to everyone for your comments and visit. You can buy bitter melon juice online via Amazon or from a nearby grocery store. Also you can combine honey, lemon, and little spices to make it less bitter.


harris 5 years ago

i am suffering from digestive problems long time a go ,

i have started taking quarter a cup of bitter melon juice in the morning empty stomach and then just two table spoons of this uice before lunch and dinner few days a go, i am surprised i worked miraclously , in pakistan people normally use this juice for liver problms , to purify blood and improve digestion .

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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Harris, this is a miracle juice and can heal many ailments. Just its bitter taste is the problem but if you conquer that taste than you can conquer many illnesses.

Anila Nair 5 years ago

can i drink bitter melon juice during menstruation period time? as many doctor advices avoid to eat o drink bitter melon during preganancy...which cause abortion...i just want to clear out whether bitter melon harm during period time also or not?

neha 5 years ago

thanks for this.. but what's the age limit you are talking about young children ?

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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Interesting hub and the video was informative and quite charming! Quite a chef, there.

I have taken bitter melon to help level my sugar for several years and it does make a good difference. Never heard of drinking the juice...that would be a challenge.

Thank you for this great hub!

loen 4 years ago

i made it as a sweet and sour to remove the bitter taste

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gabriela12 4 years ago

Good luck ,Great post,y love you!Thanks for the info it had cleared out too many things in my mind. Your recommendations are really good.

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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

I love eating bitter melon especially when it is roasted on an open fire. It is very bitter but I like it. I will try sometime this bitter melon juice. Thanks for the info.

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john000 4 years ago from Superior, Arizona

I have never heard of this before. What could be better than a juice that has healthful effects for those with diabetes? I am linking this to one of my articles because I am dumbfounded by all of the vitamins and good effects on the human body. Good Hub. Thumbs up!

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