Bitter melon is a natural remedy to keep diabetes under control. Insulin resistance and decreased production of insulin are mainly two causes of the elevated blood sugar level. Bitter melon works on both underlying causes.
The following are some common names of bitter melon: Bitter Gourd, Bitter Squash, Momordica Charantia, Balsam Pear.
How does bitter melon work in diabetes?
Bitter melon has bitter and somewhat pungent taste. It has hot potency, light in digestion and produces dryness in the body. These are according to ayurevdic science in which bitter melon has been used for diabetes cure for thousands of years.
In other words, insulin resistance is a hindrance that causes reduced uptake of insulin by the cells. According to the above properties of bitter melon, it removes the hindrance that causes the resistance. According to Ayurveda, toxins accumulated in the body are due to unprocessed food particles that cause insulin resistance. In Ayurvedic science, these toxins are termed as the AMA. Bitter melon helps in digesting these particles and enhances uptake of insulin by the cells.
Research studies suggested that bitter melon possesses the quality of stimulating pancreas cells to produce more insulin. Due to this quality, bitter melon also works well in case of insulin insufficiency.
Research Studies on Bitter Melon Effects in Diabetes
The hypoglycemic effect of Bitter melon is observed in one study in which 2 grams of bitter melon powder were used in some diabetic patients. However, the effects of Bitter melon were less as compared to modern metformin treatment.
One third of diabetic patients use alternative medicines for the treatment in India and some other developing countries. The bitter melon is one of the herbal remedy used for diabetes mellitus. However, there is a lack of proper clinical research on the efficacy of the bitter melon in the debates, but some observations suggest the use of Momordica charantia as supportive therapy.
Bitter gourd is a vegetable that can be consumed by diabetic patients for beneficial effects. It is one of the main ingredients in the management of diabetes in Ayurvedic medicines. Water extract of bitter gourd is present in some proprietary ayurevdic medicines, including Diabecon and Hyponid.
A study conducted on streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. In this study, researchers had found the Bitter gourd improves the overall health streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. Bitter gourd also reduces urine sugar by 30%, according to the conclusion of the study.
According to another study, bitter melon extract reduces blood sugar levels. Thus, it helps in blood glucose regulation.
Bitter melon extract contains charantin, II3-hydroxycucurbita-5, Momordicine and 23- di-O-β-glucopyranoside. These bio-chemicals may responsible for the anti-diabetic effects of bitter melons. The crude extract contains charantin, which has hypoglycemic effect, according to various research studies.
How to Use Bitter Melon for Diabetes in the Best Way
If your insulin is not coming under normal levels with modern medicines, then there is a possibility of insulin resistance. Generally, both causes insulin resistance and insulin insufficiency are present in all patients at some extent. Therefore, bitter melon is effective in almost all cases with diabetes.
To enhance the action of bitter melon in diabetes, add three to four pinches of black pepper powder. It will boost the anti diabetic action of bitter melon and thus, lowers the blood sugar. This combination is very effective, especially, in case of insulin resistance.
Source: Ayur Times
i thank for the e mail sent to me
since i am also suffering from diabetes
i shall follow the advise and try to use
bitter guard juice daily to control sugar level
with best wishes
Very very useful information indeed.
yes,in addition,good exercise,walking and active life r necessary.
Is it necessary to make juice and drink?Do we have other methods of preparation using bitter lemon? Like using it as dried and fried or just make some thoran or curry?Is it effecive?
Bitter Melon is known as a herbal for centuries. In South India, this is more or less a must vegetable during any ‘pitru’ rituals like Amavasya, annual ceremonies,etc. By this our ancestors have been preventing diabetes.
Please give information on in what quantity (ml) bitter melon juice to be used? Can we also squeeze seeds also? Can we dry the pieces of bitter gourd for future use or wile going to distant places?
In what quantity can we consume this powder?
when using diabetic tablets along with bittermelon
will there be decrease in sugar level so to give low sugar condition
Very useful information of practical use is being provided. It is a great service for huminity.
I am a diabetic patient since 20 yrs.Now &then I used Bitter guard curries & juice with enough salt.Certainly it cures different bodies different ways.I do not know whether it cures Diabetis totally or not if u start using how ur body reacts to that.
It is informed that continuous use of Bitter Melon is harmful to Kidney…….Kindly suggest and advise… Further there is one video on youtube says diabetes is completely curable by putting our feet in Bitter melon juice…. Is it true????
I am diabetic for last 10 years. many times sugar remains under control (fast.95-100 , pp 145-150) My age is 66. Once I tried Bitter Melon juice but could not find relief may be due to proper preparation. But whenever I consumed, my liver upsets (sever pains), itching all over body, dizziness n like. I want proper guidance pl. I am fred of allopathic tabs.
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In A.P. usually bitter gourd is used as a curry by cutting open the green fruit and stuffing with popu mixture tie with a thread and fry it.So actually the skin is used as a curry. How far it is having the medicinal value is existing. I think only the green fruit should be crushed and an extract should taken as a drink as shown in the photo above.how to conceal the bitterness,how often and how much it should be taken is to be mentioned by naturopathy
doctor for its usefulness for the needy.