What comes first in your mind when you think of bitter gourd? Obviously, its strong and bitter taste. Although this vegetable tastes bitter it has high nutritional values and health benefits.
Apart from being eaten mainly as vegetable in India and South East Asia, it is particularly established as a folk medicine due to its medicinal properties. It is also called bitter melon or balsam pear. Scientifically it is known by the name Momordica Charantia.
Bitter gourd is very beneficial for people suffering from diabetes. Consuming bitter gourd daily on an empty stomach is found very good and effective. Mind it do not do excessive consumption as it may lead to diarrhea and other stomach problems.
Its juice contains polypeptide, which is similar to insulin and can be used as an alternative to insulin in diabetic people. It helps in bringing down the sugar levels in blood and urine. This polypeptide is also known as ‘plant-insulin’.
Juice of bitter gourd leaves is found useful in the treatment of alcoholism. It repairs the liver after alcohol has been consumed. Its juice mixed with milk is beneficial for people suffering from piles. Paste of its root can be applied over piles for relief.
Regular consumption of bitter gourd juice increases body stamina and fights chronic fatigue syndrome. It also fights blood boils and itching caused by bacterial toxic substances in the blood. The beta-carotene content in bitter gourd helps in controlling eye disorders and enhances eyesight.
Since bitter gourd contains zero cholesterol and fats, its consumption lowers hypertension. It purifies blood and improves the blood circulation in the body.