What is Bitter Melon, Benefits

What is Bitter Melon, benefits that are known?

By Veena Deo

 

What is Bitter Melon? The ancient science of Ayurveda has given the world great herbs and vegetables, some of which possess both medicinal, as well as dietary values. One among them is Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia).

Not only the Bitter Melon plant, many other plants or herbs that belong to Cucurbitaceae family possess many medicinal values. Ayurveda utilizes Bitter Melon as a dietary item incorporating its usefulness as a good food source. Bitter Melon gives a therapeutic umbrella for many disorders like high blood sugar or blood glucose levels in people. Bitter Melon is good for eye disorders, constipation, dry coughs and many skin disorders.

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The traditional way to use this is to boil the Bitter Melon fruits in buttermilk; dry the contents in shade; when the extract is completely dry for a few days, make it into a fine powder and consume it on a daily basis. This technique helps insulin dose reduction for diabetes. This also helps with diabetic gastropathy, chronic non-ulcer dyspepsia, loss of appetite, etc. Bitter Melon benefits include the fact that it is rich in iodine. This is a good product for blood sugar support.

Bitter Melon benefits and current research is mostly focused on its anti diabetic value and efficacy in supporting blood sugar. Bitter Melon could enhance the insulin sensitivity in human beings.

What is Bitter Melon's role in the modern world? People with busy schedules, it would be extremely difficult to go through the process of making the powder, the traditional way.  Best alternative is to use herbal natural supplements that have Bitter Melon as one of its active ingredients. When combined with other herbs like Salacia, Fenugreek, Jambolan, Gymnema and Cinnamon, you can have a potent product for blood sugar support.

Dr. Veena Deo is the moderator and editor of this article originally written by Dr. Satyanarayana, an Ayurvedic Doctor in India.  All the information provided above and opinions expressed should not be construed as medical advice. This information on supplements is provided for educational purposes only. For questions email to veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

 

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