Bitter Melon and Diabetes
Bitter melon diabetes and its use in diabetics’ self-management has been the topic of ongoing debate and many observational, as well as clinical studies for decades. Grows in parts of Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and most tropical countries in Asia, bitter melon (Momordica charantia) that is classified as a vegetable-fruit, also goes by the name bitter gourd, bitter squash, and karela. Bitter melon has long been used as a food ingredient and herbal remedy, but when did it start? Records show the fact that India pioneered the use of bitter melon in culinary and medical applications. Later in the 14th century, it was then introduced into the traditional Chinese medicine practices.
Benefits behind the bitterness of this unique plant.
Many are put off by its bitter taste, but who would have thought that there would be numerous health benefits? Yes, this oblong-shaped fruit-vegetable, with its rather coarsely rigged exterior and uneven surface is indeed rich in minerals and vitamins. It’s an excellent source of B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, folates, and flavanoids such as a-carotene, beta carotene, zea-xanthin, and lutein. Bitter melon also contains three active substances such as polypeptide-P, charantin, and vicine which are known as anti-diabetic properties. Those three active substances work closely like metformin, an oral medicine used primarily in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. A clinical trial conducted early in 2011 shows that a daily dose of 2,000 mg of bitter melon significantly reduce glucose levels in diabetic patients.
Bitter Melon as a herbal remedy.
Treatments like dialysis and insulin injections can be an extremely painful experience for some people, so if you’re diabetic and on the look out of an alternative yet effective remedy, don’t let the bitter taste hold you back!
The most simple way to take bitter melon which coincidentally also the best way to get all the nutrients in it is by juicing it. Grab a fresh bitter melon, peel the skin, cut it into fine pieces, then extract the juice using a juicer machine until you see all the juice strained out. Set the juice aside, take the crushed bitter melon flesh out of the juicer. Put it in a blender, add the juice, blend the mixture for a minute, and add a few drops of freshly-squeezed lemon for taste. Drink immediately on an empty stomach. It’s that simple! So if you’re ready to give this bitter melon diabetes home-remedy a try, consult to your medical practitioner to find out how many bitter melon you should take in a day and do it!