The Effect of Bitter Melon and Diabetes.
A popular Asian
vegetable has been steadily gaining acceptance as a safe and natural
way to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. The Ampalaya, or
Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia Linn.), has been found to contain
several key compounds that researchers agree may be beneficial to
diabetics, in helping them regulate blood sugar levels.
contains powerful insulin lowering properties which are thought to be
an effective treatment for Diabetes. Current studies suggest that
Bitter Melon promotes blood sugar control by controlling how the body
produces insulin. Some studies report that this bitter gourd can
enhance the cells’ uptake of glucose, promotes insulin
release, and makes the effect of insulin more potent. Some even
document Bitter Melon’s ability to effectively lower
Natural health practitioners and scientists are focusing on the
beneficial properties of this gourd with promising returns. In
Ayurvedic medicine, Bitter Melon is seen as a
“plant-insulin”, and some studies show that, if
administered correctly, it can behave similarly to slow-acting animal
insulin which represents exciting potential for a more sustainable,
vegetarian, source of insulin. Please note that we do not advise that
you substitute eating Bitter Melon for taking insulin.
In some countries doctors are so confident about the anti-diabetic
effect of Bitter Melon that it is sometimes dispensed in hospitals to
people suffering from diabetes. Generations of Asian diabetics have
known about the benefits of Bitter Melon, and just recently science has
confirmed it. In numerous pre-clinical and limited clinical studies
conducted on the plant, researchers have isolated, in particular, plant
insulin that mimics animal insulin found in Bitter Melon. Additionally,
the department of Health in the Philippines has recommended Bitter
Melon as one of the best herbal medicines for treating diabetes.
Even before researchers started unlocking the plant’s
anti-diabetes properties, the Bitter Melon had long been used as a
traditional home remedy in many Asian countries to help control blood
sugar levels. Many diabetics regularly consume the fruit, which is
easily prepared as part of their daily meals. Diabetics who have come
to trust this natural remedy claim to be able to live a normal, active
life by eating the Bitter Melon as part of a healthy daily diet.
However, to reap its benefit, Bitter Melon must be taken on a regular
basis. This is where the Melon’s natural bitter taste often
poses a problem. To solve this, some companies are manufacturing
all-natural Bitter Melon teas and capsules, a more convenient and more
pleasant-tasting way to get the plant's healthy benefits. These
products retain the key compounds, while avoiding the bitter taste.
Today, more and more Bitter Melon products are starting to enter
markets around the world, giving diabetics a safer, more natural way to
help manage their blood sugar levels. If you or someone you know has
diabetes or other blood sugar problems, you should consider using
Bitter Melon to help you. It's even available as a capsule if you don't
have access to the fruit itself!
About The Author
is the author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win.
Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free.