Health Benefits of Bitter Melon
Bitter melon is also known as bitter gourd[Momordica charantia], is a tropical vine that belongs to the gourd family related to cucumber, pumpkin, etc. Bitter melon has several health benefits associated with it like weight loss, helping in high blood sugars, and so on.
It’s cultivated around the world for its edible fruit, which is considered a staple in many types of Asian cuisine.
The Chinese variety is typically long, pale green, and covered with wart-like bumps.
On the other hand, the Indian variety is more narrow and has pointed ends with rough, jagged spikes on the rind.
In addition to its sharp flavor and distinct appearance, bitter melon has been associated with several impressive health benefits.
Let’s quickly check some advantages of taking bitter gourd:
Loaded with nutrients:
Bitter melon is loaded with nutrients like
carbs, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Bitter
melon is especially rich in Vitamin C and A, Fiber, and folate.
Help control Blood sugar:
Bitter gourd helps in controlling the high blood sugar levels in long run, also it is been used by several people around the world to treat diabetes-related conditions. Bitter melon improves the level of fructosamine and hemoglobin A1c.
May have cancer-fighting properties:
Test-tube studies have shown that bitter melon may help in fighting against cancer and could be very effective against stomach, colon, lung,nasopharynx, and breast cancer cells.
May help in reducing cholesterol:
A study done on rats that are on high
cholesterol diet observed that taking bitter melon led to a significant decrease in LDL and triglycerides.
Help in weight loss:
Bitter gourd are low in calories and high fiber, fiber helps in keeping your body fuller for longer and reduce hunger, some research shows bitter melon helps in fat burning and losing overall body weight.
So, these are some crucial benefits of bitter gourd you can add it to your diet as per your need, it can be eaten raw or can
Note people who are pregnant or on certain medications-related to blood
sugar-lowering they must consult with their health advisor before taking high amounts.
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