The Bitter melon is also referred as bitter gourd, Goya, Karela or Balsam Pear. It is a long fruit resembling a cucumber with bumpy skin. Bitter melon is not a melon at all, but a cucumber-like vegetable which grows in tropical and subtropical climates. The fruit is green or orange-yellow when ripe, and has really bitter taste, but it is very health beneficial. It can be added to stir-fry or can be consumed stuffed. Moreover, it can be added to the diet as a supplement.
There is some information you need to know about this vegetable:
Type II Diabetes
According to some studies, bitter melon reduces blood sugar through increased metabolism of glucose. We advise you to try this recipe:
– 1 chopped seedless bitter melon
Put the bitter melon and ice cubes into the blender. Stir until the mixture becomes smooth and blended. Then put the lemon juice and honey to your taste. Drink one cup daily.
Do not consume the drink if you have abdominal pain, diarrhea or fever.
Having this medical condition can be extremely painful. But bitter melon can break the stones and help the body to eliminate them. This vegetable reduces high acid that produces kidney stones.
Mix bitter melon powder with water to prepare a healthy tea. This tea does not need sugar and it has a nutty flavor.
Decrease dangerous cholesterol levels with this amazing vegetable. With lowering the cholesterol levels, the risks of heart attack, heart disease and stroke are reduced as well. Additional benefit is that the bitter melon’s working with the body in order to prevent these mentioned heart risks is totally natural.
Surprisingly, bitter melon has anti-cancer properties. It disrupts the glucose production and reduces the growth of pancreatic cancer cells. Bitter melon may also kill cancerous cells in the liver, colon, breast or prostate. Get the whole benefits from the bitter melon with this recipe:
Bitter Melon Juice with Banana Pulp and Crushed Ice
You will need:
– a cup of ice cubes
– 2 bitter melons (without skin and seeds)
– sliced banana
Put the ingredients into a blender and your drink is ready after a few seconds.
This melon benefits the skin as well. If it is taken regularly, your skin will glow and also will help with treating acne, psoriasis and eczema. Another benefit is that the bitter melon can purify blood.
Try this recipe if you like glowing effect on your skin:
Bitter Melon Juice with Watermelon Pulp and Mint
Peel and remove the seeds of two bitter melons. Put the flesh of the fruit into a blender together with one cup of watermelon chunks and two mint sprigs.
Blend all the ingredients together and serve yourself a healthy drunk.
Consuming a liver tonic frequently has many benefits. A tonic helps digestion, boosts gallbladder function and reduces fluid retention. Bitter melon tonic may relieve cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis and constipation. Drink it at least once a day to feel the positive effects. It can also help you with weight loss.
Here is another recipe with bitter melon you can try:
Green Bitter Melon Juice
– 1 bitter melon
– 2-3 apples
– 2 celery stalks
– 1 cucumber
– 1 lemon
After you remove the seeds of the melon, add all the ingredients into the juicer and enjoy.
If you have type II diabetes, this is a very important benefit for you. Bitter melon metabolizes the sugars, meaning less fat is stored into the body.
Vitamin K promotes healthy bones, blood clotting and has anti-inflammatory properties. If you are suffering from arthritis, Vitamin K will help you lower the pain and inflammatory in the joints.
Adding bitter melon to your diet pleases your body’s nutritional need for this vitamin.
This is how you can prepare No-Fry Karela Crispies:
– 2 bitter melons
– 2 -3 tablespoons oil
– salt, to taste
– 1⁄2 tablespoon red chili powder
– 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric
Preheat the oven to about 375°F. After you wash the melons, slice and mix them with turmeric and chili powder. Marinate for about half an hour. Put foil on a baking tray and grease it with a tablespoon of oil. After you toss the bitter melon slices with 2 tablespoons of oil, spread them on the baking tray.
Bake for 5-7 minutes and then broil for 7 minutes.
Boosts the Immune System
Our immune system has a very important role in eliminating potential infections and diseases. Add bitter melon to your diet and benefit the digestive system. Also, prevent curb food allergies and naturally eliminate yeast infections.