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Bitter Melon- A Bitter But Healthy Vegetable

Submitted by Saraomran on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 21:15
Bitter Melon
Bitter melons are also called bitter gourds and they are very healthy vegetables. The shape of a bitter melon is like a cucumber except that it has gourd-like bumps on it. As the name suggests, it has a bitter taste to it and it has 2 varieties: one is small that grows to about 10 cm or less and the other variety grows to about 20 cm. The former is oval and dark green in color whereas the latter is oblong and its color is pale green. Bitter melons are very rich in iron as they have double the amount of beta carotene of a broccoli, double the amount of potassium of bananas, double the amount of calcium of spinach, and not to forget it contains Vitamins B1 to B3, A, C, good dietary fiber and Phosphorous.

Bitter Melons Cure Diabetes

The juice of bitter melon contains plant insulin known as hypoglycaemic compound. This compound helps to lower the sugar levels in blood and urine, treats insulin resistance problem and also regulates the levels of insulin in body thereby treating the diabetes.

Bitter Melons Boost Immunity

Bitter melons have antioxidants which effectively help in fighting the infections and diseases, thus aids in ensuring the overall health of a person and strengthening the immune system of the human body.

Bitter Melons Energize Naturally

The regular consumption of bitter melon juice improves the energy levels and stamina of human body. It also improves the sleeping patterns.

Bitter Melons Purify Blood

The amazing antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of the bitter melon juice help in treating the blood disorders, skin problems, clearing and purifying the toxins in blood, and further it improves the blood circulation in the body. It is very helpful when it comes to curing the issues like rashes, itching which is caused by toxaemia, acne, blood boils, and psoriasis. It even inhibits growth of the cancerous cells in body.

Bitter Melons Improve Cardiac Health

Bitter melon juice has the antioxidants and phytonutrients which promotes respiratory and cardiac health of individuals. It also boosts blood circulation in the body and treats bronchitis, pharyngitis, and asthma effectively.

Bitter Melons Promote Weight Loss

The antioxidants which are present in this vegetable improve the metabolism and digestive health, detoxify the body, inhibit the accumulations of the excess fat cells and treat obesity, thus it promotes weight loss.

Digestive Health With Bitter Melons

The bitter melon drink is an effective and natural detoxifier. It clears the stomach, liver and blood of the disease which causes toxins and it improves the kidney and bowel conditions. Bitter melon juice aids in treating the stomach disorders, piles, toxaemia, cholera, alcohol intoxication and relieving gout pain etc.

Bitter Melons Improve Eye Sight

The high levels of beta carotene and Vitamin A in bitter melon juice aid in treating the eye problems and improve the eyesight naturally.

Nutritional Value Of Bitter Melon per 100g

  • Magnesium- 16 mg
  • Vitamin C- 33 mg
  • Vitamin B6- 0.041 mg
  • Water- 93.95 g
  • Calcium- 9 mg
  • Energy- 79 kJ
  • Sugars- 1.95 g
  • Carbohydrates- 4.32 g
  • Dietary fiber- 2 g
  • Protein- 0.84 g
  • Fat- 0.18 g
  • Riboflavin- 0.053 mg
  • Thiamine- 0.051 mg
  • Niacin- 0.28 mg
  • Calcium- 9 mg
  • Vitamin E- 0.14 mg
  • Iron- 0.38 mg
  • Manganese- 0.086 mg
  • Zinc- 0.77 mg
  • Sodium- 6 mg
  • Potassium- 319 mg
  • Phosphorus- 36 mg
Apart from all of the above, bitter melon is one of those vegetables that can be very beneficial for treating a hangover due to its properties of alcohol intoxication.