Is bitter melon good for diabetes?

Fruits of momordica have very high nutritional value. How bitter gourd can help for diabetes patients and is it so effective? Continue reading this article to get more information.

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Momordica charantia (Chinese bitter melon, bitter gourd) is increasingly being used to treat various diseases. Momordica is often used for patients with diabetes, but you should is necessary to consult with a physician before taking it. How bitter gourd can help for diabetes patients and is it so effective?

This climbing plant has yellow, solitary male and female flowers, which appear in the leaf axils. The fruit of the plant is very similar to a pumpkin or melon, which dotted with warts (hence the names - "bitter melon," "bitter pumpkin" and "bitter gourd"). The young fruit is emerald green and in this period is similar to a cucumber, but later it becomes orange-yellow after ripening. The fruit is disclosed in three parts during maturation, each of which is dotted with white seeds enclosed in a scarlet shell. All parts of the plant have a bitter taste.

Bitter melon for health

Fruits of momordica have very high nutritional value. This fruit contains many proteins, carbohydrates, phosphorus, calcium, iron, folic acid, and vitamins A, B, C, E and F. Bitter melon is able to kill cancer cells, bacteria and viruses, as well as lowers blood pressure. The fruits of the bitter gourd are rich in glycosides, saponins, alkaloids, tar, phenols, reducing sugar, vegetable fats, and free acids. Also, it is known that the leaves and seeds are used in food, not only fruit. The leaves have a lot of calcium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron, and in the fruit - vitamins of group B. It is proved that momordica increases cellular utilization of glucose, improve insulin secretion and potentiates the effect of insulin. The fruits and seeds of bitter melon can reduce cholesterol levels, regardless of the number of cholesterol from food.

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Well, the researches of western scientists have shown that Momordica contains a substance similar to insulin. It appreciates for the ability to reduce blood sugar in people with diabetes, regulate blood pressure, normalize cholesterol level, support the immune system, prevent cancer, and destroy already formed cancer cells, bacteria, viruses, especially in the urogenital system.

Bitter melon diabetes cure

Scientists believe that the bitter melon is one of the most effective natural medicines in the treatment of diabetes, especially the second type of diabetes. Fresh juice or unripe (green) fruit of momordica charantia extract has antidiabetic action. This was confirmed by studies conducted in humans and animals. The use of bitter melon extract helps reduce body fat and increase muscle mass, therefore especially useful in anemia and heavy loads, including sports, in particular for people with the overweight to exercise.

I propose to consider how momordica affect the level of sugar in the blood. If you want to cook infusions, decoctions and other medical means using momordica, you can take the fruits, leaves, shoots, flowers, seeds, and roots. Fruits and leaves of bitter melon used during the treatment of diabetes. The violation of insulin secretion caused by the destruction of beta cells - an absolute deficiency of insulin, is a key component of the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. The violation of absorption of insulin during the process in tissue - a relative insulin deficiency plays a huge role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

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The insulin is isolated from pancreatic beta cells. First, there is allocated a secret insulin prohormone and then normal insulin, wherein the process is carried out in an acidic environment. Formation of acidic protein is a prerogative of the CIC-3, as well as the cell pellet where it is located. Momordica has a lot of lectins - a protein analog of CIC-3 and proinsulin. These lectins create favorable conditions for transition proinsulin to the normal insulin. Lectins linked to sugar and involved in cell recognition, which is important in the process of enhancing immunity. Thanks to the treatment with momordica fruit are increased the number of beta cells in the pancreas, and thus, increases and the body's ability to produce its own insulin. Bitter melon regulates sugar level in blood, increases the body's defenses against viruses and infections, as well as improves the immune system.

So, a bitter melon is recommended for the treatment of diabetics, because of it:

  • improves the absorption of glucose into the cells;
  • increases the production of insulin;
  • acts as an insulin potentiator;
  • reduces cholesterol in the body (and regardless of the cholesterol amount consumed with food).

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Recipes of bitter melon for diabetes

We know of the many recipes of bitter gourd for diabetes patients using all parts of the plant, but most fruits and leaves are widely used. The easiest recipe of momordica charantia for diabetes treatment: cut the fruit into pieces, add salt and fry in a pan with the onions. This will be an excellent seasoning for vegetable and meat dishes. Many people cook jam with bitter melon and also marinate and make salads with it.

 It is very popular this recipe: remove berries and peel the fruit, cut into pieces, put in the jar, carefully tamped, and pour the vodka, the level of which must be 1 cm above the result in the jar. It is necessary that the air does not penetrate in the infusion. The fruits of bitter melon insist 14 days. After that, you must shake up with a mixer and take this mush for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in the morning on an empty stomach 30 minutes before meals. You can take bitter gourd without restriction. As unitary dosage of bitter melon for diabetes may be any dose - teaspoon or tablespoon.

bitter melon and diabetes

The leaves can be used for the preparation of medicinal tea or coffee. If you want to cook tea, you need a full teaspoon of crushed leaves pour one tablespoon of boiling water and infuse for about 20 minutes. You should drink it three times a day - one glass. People with diabetes should not add sugar substitute.

In addition, you can use fresh juice of bitter melon. It should drink 20-50 ml per day.

Side effects of bitter melon for diabetes patients

Momordica treatment is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation, as well as the presence of thyroid disease, adrenal gland, and stomach. The drug or remedy of momordica can provoke an aggravation of gastric ulcer, cause heartburn and excessive salivation. Among the side effects that may arise in treating Momordica - allergic reactions and the children may have anemia. During using of seed, the plant can occur poisoning.

READ ALSO: What is diabetic neuropathy?

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Tips of dietitian in diabetes - bitter melon and diabetes

  • Choose the unripe fruit, in order to reduce the negative impact of the use of melon. They have lower sugar content. Moreover, green melons are less caloric value.
  • Using a small drop of coconut oil reduces the rate of assimilation of sugar fruit of bitter melon.
  • You should not eat bitter melon as a dessert. Bitter melon is quickly digested and absorbed by our body, as a standalone product. If it is on top the rest of the food, it may cause fermentation, flatulence, discomfort in the intestine.


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