Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd, is enriched with dietary fiber, also a rich source of iron and potassium. Bitter melon is a vegetable cultivated and eaten in many countries including China, India, Japan, and South American. Bitter melon grows on a vine in yellow or green color.
Bitter melon is a valuable vegetable, sometimes known as “plant insulin”. Studies claim that various compound in bitter melon have found to be responsible for lowing blood sugar level such as charantin, polypeptide p, and oleanolic acid glycoside. Bitter melon juice has been shown the ability to renew and recover of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas.
Bitter gourds are commonly found at Asian grocery markets and can be used as a natural treatment for diabetes. Integrating the bitter gourds in your diabetic diet is a good and inexpensive way to help reduce blood sugar and prevent diabetes.
There are so many ways of cooking bitter gourds tastier. Including raw eating, fresh juice, deep frying, or stir-fried mixed with pork or beef. Bitter melon has many health benefits despite the bitter taste; it is helpful to treat blood disorders, respiratory problems, piles, skin disease, improve digestion, eyesight, and weigh loss. Blanching bitter melon before cooking can help reduce the bitter taste.
If you are taking medications or insulin such as Humalog lispro insulin for regulating your blood sugar levels, check with your doctor before trying bitter melon, and keep a close eye on your blood sugar. Avoid use if you have a history or liver problem. Excessive amount scan cause abdominal pain or diarrhea. Avoid it during pregnancy.