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What Are The Benefits Of Eating Bitter Gourd?

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Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:

Bitter gourd is a type of melon-fruit which is very low in calories. It’s packed with vitamins like B1, B2, B3, C, Magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, iron, manganese and has high dietary fiber. It contains 2x beta-carotene of broccoli, 2x the calcium of spinach and 2x the potassium of a banana.
Another unique composition of this melon is that it contains a phyto-constituent called ‘charantin’ that has a confirmed hypoglycaemic effect. Another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P has been suggested as an insulin replacement for people suffering from diabetics.

Bitter gourd also contains anthelmintic or anti-helminthic compounds which are used to cure gastrointestinal diseases. Intake of its juice kills parasitic-worms that grow inside our body. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties. Bitter gourd seeds protect you from heart problems by burning unwanted fat and keeping arteries free from clogging. It’s also known to have anti-cancer properties. The two compounds in bitter-gourd: a-eleostearic acid which is found in the seed and 15, 16-dihydroxy-a-eleostearic acid prevents cancerous cells and is a good cure for leukemia and other blood irregularities like anemia.

But one must not consume more than two ounces of bitter gourd. Excessive consumption may cause mild abdominal pain or diarrhoea. Diabetics taking hypoglycaemic drugs will need to alter the dosage of their drugs if they consume bitter melon on a regular basis. Pregnant women should also avoid taking too much bitter gourd or its juice as it may stimulate the uterus that may lead to preterm labour.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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163 comments
Mala C Haugner
Mala C Haugner 5pts

Danielle Renee Lee time to harvest them from ur backyard

Marion Eaton
Marion Eaton 5pts

Never heard of this, mybe that's why I can't see any number not a one xx.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Manjit Chopra Welcome! :)

Veena Chokshi
Veena Chokshi 5pts

If you don't like bitter test cook with onion or sweet potato.

Majed Bhatti
Majed Bhatti 5pts

All bitter Vegetables healthy And prevent cancer

Rumi Rú
Rumi Rú 5pts

We call it 'Go-Ya' in Japanese. Cures cancer too.

Rakesh Kapoor
Rakesh Kapoor 5pts

thnxx for giving more information about Bitter gourd.

Jawad Hussain
Jawad Hussain 5pts

Make a paste and apply on hairs for strong, long, thick and black hairs \U0001f600

JerryChris Simpkins
JerryChris Simpkins 5pts

We grow this in our garden and have for 20 yrs! But did not know all the benefits!

Jay Shah
Jay Shah 5pts

Love this as a curry like my mum used to make. Delicious!

Mandeep Dhillon
Mandeep Dhillon 5pts

Last two years i am diabetic I have medicine ever day then I started drinking bitter melon and spinach and apple smoothies everyday In morning after 3 months drinking that I want to dr. Then I have my blood work done and dr said every thing normal so no more medicine what I have my smoothie ever day in morning

Spongy Rina
Spongy Rina 5pts

My mum made a juice N drink it few time a week,that help lower the reading

Spongy Rina
Spongy Rina 5pts

My mum.made juice,,N it help lower her diabetes

Sven Holger Mansson
Sven Holger Mansson 5pts

Some of you got a bitter taste after eating it. But it does not matter it's free and a lot for the health .

Imelda Uson
Imelda Uson 5pts

Ecerytime i rread your post i learned and i shared to my friends

Liliana Gutierrez
Liliana Gutierrez 5pts

It has to be cook for a long time so the bitter taste goes away some. And by its done you cook it much the nutrients is done.

Sue DeRoy
Sue DeRoy 5pts

Americans don't eat these, they'd rather eat their little blue box of Mac and Cheese :( Glad to have been exposed to other cultures and their foods as a young child.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Agree! Excess of anything is bad! :) Marsha Creary

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Seema Bhamrah Welcome! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Imelda Uson You're welcome! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

That's great! :) Ritu Bajaj

Tarun Verma
Tarun Verma 5pts

Drishti Singhania benefits to be like you don't need poison anymore, full guarantees to be killed in seconds XD

Aaron Milewski
Aaron Milewski 5pts

It's like a weed on the side of my property. I couldn't get rid of it if I wanted to.

Marsha Creary
Marsha Creary 5pts

Beneficial and apparently very powerful(in moderation)

Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez 5pts

Thanks for your advice, I would like to know for how much and when a person with diabetes can eat these ?

Ritu Bajaj
Ritu Bajaj 5pts

Indian kitchen has many receipe to cook bitter goard which makes it too tasty.

Kanhaiyalal Soni
Kanhaiyalal Soni 5pts

Raw chips is better for blood sugar ,but to much is risk for B P

Jas Cee
Jas Cee 5pts

One of my favorite vegetable....