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Bitter Melon - The Fight Against Diabetes

Updated on September 29, 2016

Diabetes is one of the most difficult conditions people face nowadays. The bitter melon health benefits include benefits related to fight against diabetes.

If you haven’t heard about bitter melon or Momordica Charantia, then you must read this article. It is one of the healthiest tropical fruits that is commonly used in cooking in various Asian countries. Also known as bitter gourd and bitter squash, It is a green-colored fruit that offers tons of health benefits, but mostly it is known for his health benefits in the fight against diabetes.

Bitter Melon against Diabetes

As we said, among the various health benefits, this green fruit offers amazing health benefits for the ones fighting against diabetes. It is a herbal remedy that features tons of anti-diabetic properties. However, mostly it features Charantin. Charantin is known to lower the glucose in the blood. Additionally, the bitter melon has vicine and polypeptide-p which are thought to be nutrients similar to the ones used in insulin.

When the patients that have type 2 diabetes eat this fruit, these substances are combining their effect and this significantly reduces the glucose levels. To top the bitter melon health benefits against diabetes, we should inform you that this fruit also contains lectin.

The substance lectin on the other hand is known to act on peripheral tissues and surprising appetite which in a way reduces the blood glucose concentration. It is thought that the effects of the lectin are similar to the ones that insulin sends to the brain.

Basically many compounds of the momordica charantia show that this is a great natural and organic way to fight against diabetes. To be more specific, there were several studies that proved that eating bitter melon increase the glycemic control and glucose tolerance. However, although the efficiency of the use of bitter melon in the fight against diabetes is proven, there are several other bitter melon health benefits that we must mention.

Other Bitter Melon Health Benefits

Because they increase the glycose control and have positive effect on the blood, the bitter melon is also extremely beneficial for people that are fighting with high cholesterol levels. Eating bitter melon frequently can reduce the chances of a heart disease or a stroke.

Additionally, this magical green fruit prevents cancer. It features anti-cancer properties because it can control and disrupt the production of glucose. This eventually stop and inhibit the appearance and growth of pancreatic cancer cells. Also, it is confirmed that the bitter melon's health benefits include: skin benefits, weight loss, increase in immunity and even help with the liver.

Weight Loss
Weight Loss

Bitter Melon has been found to affect weight loss by increasing the metabolism of carbohydrates thus affecting the weight loss. It also naturally detoxifies our body that removes unwanted things inside.

The bitter melon is rich in antioxidants. It protects the cells from free radicals making it a very good support for our immune system and it also makes our skin healthy, fresh and smooth by increasing the production of collagen. It also has anti-inflammatory effects. Because of its antifungal and antibacterial qualities, it rids out toxins on our bloodstream

Final Thoughts- Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is not one of the tastiest fruits. However, its properties that help for control of the glucose levels make it an amazing food for the ones that are fighting with type 2 diabetes. Because of its properties, the bitter melon is also great against bad cholesterol, weight problems and cancer. If you find it difficult to eat or consume on daily basis, then you can search for bitter melon recipes, smoothies, teas or capsulated supplements that are easier and tastier to ingest. One thing is sure, you will highly benefit from it!

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      Janellegems 14 months ago from United States

      Excellent information. Bitter melon is a favorite health food in my household. I usually buy the fresh bitter melon and steam it with oil and garlic and eat as a side dish. Good Facts to know.