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Momordica charantia, vegetable and medicinal herb

  1. There are hundreds of plants worldwide that are used against senile diabetes and that have an influence on blood sugar levels. Momordica charantia is one of the best known and one of the best scientifically researched plants. In addition, it is a fruit that has been used as a vegetable for centuries and is therefore reasonably safe.

Medicinal properties

  1. In Ayurvedic philosophy bitter melon is seen as an excellent food to balance the dosha kapha (soil). For medicinal applications the fruit is usually used and sometimes the seeds, roots or leaves and offshoots of the plant. Bitter melon has numerous traditional folk medicine uses including blood cleansing, skin conditions (psoriasis and eczema), wounds, microbial infections, loss of appetite, stomach ulcers, constipation and gas, fever, inflammation, diabetes mellitus, cancer and much more. Again too many indications to be credible.

Main use: especially with diabetes

  1. Bitter melon inhibits guanylate cyclase, an enzyme that occurs in a high concentration in various types of cancer cells; there are also indications that bitter melon extract improves the immune response in cancer patients. Animal research supports the folk medicine use of bitter melon as a means for the prevention and treatment of stomach ulcers. A major use of bitter melon (fruit, leaves), and by far the best scientifically researched, is to help regulate glucose and fat metabolism in people with metabolic syndrome or diabetes mellitus. It is good for people with metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance syndrome) or diabetes to eat the vegetable regularly. Bitter melon juice is also taken on an empty stomach to improve blood glucose; good guidance is important.

Dosage and safety

  1. Normal consumption of the bitter melon, which is eaten as a vegetable by large groups of people around the world, is safe. An excessive amount can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea, negatively affect fertility and possibly lower blood sugar levels too much. Momordia charantia is not suitable for children, women who want to become pregnant or are pregnant and women who are breastfeeding. Diabetics must of course take the blood sugar lowering effect into account and keep a close eye on the blood glucose level. Bitter melon enhances the action of oral anti-diabetic drugs (including rosiglitazone) and insulin.

  2. Normal consumption of the bitter melon, which is eaten as a vegetable by large groups of people around the world, is safe. An excessive amount can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea, adversely affect fertility and possibly lower blood sugar levels too much. Momordia charantia is not suitable for children, women who want to become pregnant or are pregnant and women who are breastfeeding. Diabetics must of course take the blood sugar lowering effect into account and keep a close eye on the blood glucose level. Bitter melon enhances the action of oral anti-diabetic drugs (including rosiglitazone) and insulin.



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