Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bitter Bitter gourd's Sweet Health Benefits

Bitter gourd is one of the healthiest vegetables in the world but as the name suggests, this vegetable has a strong bitter taste. However, people who are fond of eating tasty food, avoid consumption of this vegetable due to its bitterness. Bitter gourd has unattractive appearance; it looks more like a cucumber with unsightly gourd-like bumps all over it. Bitter gourd is a staple food in a range of cultural cuisines and provides so many health benefits which are superior to its bitter taste. From many years, bitter gourd is used as an herbal agent to treat many conditions. Also, it is extensively used in their folk medical practices. Bitter gourd is indigenous to warm tropical areas such as the Amazon, Asia, Caribbean and South America.

Bitter Bitter gourd's Sweet Health Benefits

Bitter gourd is available in two different varieties: long variety is about 20 cm long & pale green in color and the small variety is about 10 cm long and dark green in color. Both varieties contain seeds that are white when unripe and turn into red and more bitter on ripening. In ancient science of Indian medicine, Ayurveda, bitter-gourd has long been used as a remedy for many problems. But now, a number of scientific studies have proved the immense health benefits of bitter gourd. They have also introduced this unique vegetable into the produce departments of American specialty. Let’s see which properties of bitter gourd make it more beneficial.

Nutrition in Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourds are very low in calories; one cup of bitter melon contains only 16 calories. But they are packed with precious nutrients.

Vitamins: It is an excellent source of vitamin C, B1, B2, folic acid, and B3. It contains 130 % of the daily value for vitamin C, 17 % for folate, 9 % for vitamin A and a minor amount of pantothenic acid and niacin.
Minerals: Bitter gourd is high in iron, contains double amount of the calcium than spinach, twice the beta-carotene than broccoli, and twice the potassium than a banana. As well, it’s a good source of magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and copper.

Bitter gourd has also high dietary fiber. It contains a phyto-constituent, charantin which has hypoglycemic effect.

Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd

For diabetes
The bitter gourd is very powerful remedy for diabetics due to the presence of hypoglycemic compound, charantin in it. It is very beneficial to lower sugar levels in blood and urine; this helps to control the diabetes mellitus. Bitter gourd juice significantly improves the glucose tolerance without raising blood insulin levels. Because of all these effective uses, bitter gourd is recommended for patients suffering from diabetes.

Blood disorders
Bitter gourd has superb blood-purifying properties, which make it highly beneficial to treat blood disorders such as itching due to toxemia and blood boils. Mix ½ cup of fresh bitter gourd juice and ½ cup of lime juice. On an empty stomach, sip it slowly daily for about 2-3 months and see improvement in your condition.

For healthy respiratory system
Bitter gourd is also helpful to treat many respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, asthma and pharyngitis. Take ¼ cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, dilute it in 1 cup of water and mix it with 10 drops of honey. Consume this mixture daily to conquer your respiratory problems.

Treat piles
To treat piles, fresh bitter gourd juice is a powerful stimulant. Mix 50 ml of bitter gourd juice and 1 cup of butter milk; drink this herbal stimulant constantly for about 1 month. You will considerably notice the reduction in pain and bleeding of piles. You can also apply the paste of the roots of bitter gourd over the affected area to hasten the healing.

Improves Eyesight
Bitter gourd is high in beta-carotene which makes it helpful to treat eye problems and thereby to improve vision.

Skin diseases
Many health and skin experts recommend using home remedies prepared by using bitter gourd, to cure a certain types of skin conditions, such as psoriasis and fungal infections like athletes’ feet and ring-worm.

Bitter gourd juice is very beneficial for people who are trying to get well from alcohol abuse. It may be used in the treatment of a hangover as it bears alcohol intoxication properties. As well, it helps to cleanse and nourish liver problems caused due to alcohol consumption.

Improves digestion
As bitter gourd has natural laxative properties, it helps to get rid of constipation if taken regularly. People who are suffering from digestive problems, fresh bitter gourd juice is very helpful to take on a regular basis.

Mix 2 teaspoonful juice of bitter gourd leaves with 2 teaspoonful white onion juice and 1 teaspoonful lime juice. In early stages of cholera, drink this mixture daily till you recover.

Weight loss
For people, who are suffering from over weight problems, bitter gourd juice helps to burn excess calories and also to reduce belly fat. Many weight loss programs and experts suggest drinking bitter gourd juice as it has a low-fat effect on the body.


Appropriate changes in your diet will certainly do wonders for you. Bitter Melon is also very helpful to control the Blood Sugar Levels and as a Diabetic Cure.Bitter gourd can also help to improve eye problems and improving eyesight.

Indeed, bitter gourd is a healthy vegetable but many people don't like to eat this kind of vegetable not knowing what is the real purpose of this vegetable.

Bitter melon juice is also a great blood purifier.So, drink it on a regular basis to keep your blood pure and clean:)

Yes it is. Sugar levels reduce amazingly. I don' mind the bitter taste as long as it serves the intended purpose. But it also makes you lose to much weight. I have already lost 5kgs in the past two months I have been taking it but my glucose levels have gone normal!

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