What Health Benefits do Bitter Melons have?
When I was a kid, our mother would make Bitter Melon Soup.
It looks delicious and mouth watering, but I recall the first time I took my first bite with no warning and I never look back till I’d gotten older.
Taste buds generally seem to be good at regenerating when aged, and I found myself craving the bitterness taste.
Bitter melon, or Goya, is commonly used for beneficial health reasons.
Bitter melon is also referred to as bitter gourd, Karela, or Balsam Pear. The melon has an very bitter taste, and is a super productive vegetable.
Bitter melon is commonly added to stir-fry, or may be enjoyed stuffed. It may also be added to a diet as a supplement.
In order to receive the full health benefits, people must consume the melon regularly.
Here’s are some Health Benefits of Bitter Melon:
Some studies have shown that bitter melon lowers blood sugar through increased metabolism of glucose.
A kidney stone is an extremely painful medical condition. Bitter melon can be helpful in ridding the body of kidney stones through naturally breaking them down.
Help lower dangerous cholesterol levels with bitter melon. Reducing cholesterol significantly reduces heart attack, heart disease, and stroke.
One of the most surprising health benefits of bitter melon is its anti-cancer properties. Bitter melon has shown to disrupt the production of glucose, potentially inhibiting the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.
- Skin Benefits
Foods or drink taken from this melon benefits the skin. Taken regularly, bitter melon is said to have a “glowing” effect on the skin and is helpful in treating acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Bitter melon is extremely low in calories and very filling. The melon is very high in nutrients, which is another reason it’s so beneficial in weight loss.
- High in Vitamin K
Vitamin-K contributes to bone health, blood-clotting, and is an anti-inflammatory. Those suffering from arthritis can experience lower pain and inflammation in the joints through increasing Vitamin-K.
- Healthier Immune System
A healthy immune system is vital for fending off potential infections and diseases. Bitter melon can prevent a cold in it’s tracks while benefiting the digestive system.
Many Asian grocery stores sell bitter melon as a whole food. In addition, dietary supplements containing bitter melon extract can be found online and in natural-foods stores, drugstores, and stores specializing in herbal products.
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