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Bitter Gourd Vegetable Health Benefits

Bitter melon also known as bitter gourd is similar to the cucumber but with ugly gourd-like bumps all over it. This vegetable is very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients.


It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber.


As the name implies, this vegetable is a melon that is bitter. Regular consumption of bitter gourd juice has been proven to improve energy and stamina level.


Even sleeping patterns have been shown to be improved or stabilized. Bitter melon juice may be beneficial in the treatment of a hangover for its alcohol intoxication properties.


It also helps cleanse and repair and nourish liver problems due to alcohol consumption.


Insulin present in bitter gourd helps to transport the sugar from the blood to the skeletal muscle and the fat tissue where it is used to produce energy.


Insulin will also stop the liver to produce sugar from glycogen storages and to release the sugar into the blood.


Thus, insulin is necessary to lower high blood sugar levels. In Type I diabetes, also called insulin-dependent diabetes, the pancreas does not produce or secrete enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels low.


Bitter gourd has been shown to be effective in treating Type I diabetes in rats or mice by increasing pancreatic insulin secretion.


Bitter melon stimulates easy digestion and peristalsis of food through the bowel until it is excreted from the body. Thus, helps in relieving indigestion and constipation problems.


Pregnant or breastfeeding woman should not consume bitter gourd or bitter gourd products.


Although bitter gourd can help prevent insulin resistance or severe diabetic complications, it is important to consider situations in which bitter gourd may be harmful to your health.


The bitterness and toxicity may be reduced somewhat by parboiling or soaking in salt water for up to 10 minutes.

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