It grows in tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Recognizable looks fragmented climbing plants with long leaves, yellow flowers with elongated “Calabash” fruit. Young fruit is green to ripening Shut up and shoot, revealing red seeds. All parts of the plant – leaves, fruit and seeds edible with a distinctive bitter taste.In Asian cuisine is a common ingredient, but because of its bitterness is also used in the production of beer in China and Japan. Is an indispensable part of the traditional cuisine of Okinawa, part of Japan known for its exceptional longevity of its population. Although known for centuries, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-diabetic activity of bitter melon has only recently been recognized in the western world.
Bitter melon is an excellent source of antioxidant compounds like beta-carotene, flavonoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are the first line of defense against free radicals, aging factors and various degenerative diseases.
As a source of nutrients, bitter melon are also rich in vitamin C, potassium ,phosphorus and iron, and the good news is that they are low-calorie and “crowded” dietary fiber.
Bitter Melon Juice
How to make:
First of all you should clean the bitter melon with cold water and brush. Slice the melon length-wise and scoop out the seeds, soak it in salt water for about half an hour before juicing.Use honey,carrot juice or apple juice for diabetics. Important:Drink 50 to 100 mililiters of fresh juice doses divided into two to three doses throughout the day.consult your doctor.pregnant woman must avoid this bitter gourd of the joice because can lean preterm labor.
Bitter Melon Tea
Make tea from the slices of dried bitter melon,very pleasant drink with nutty taste in which you can add honey.
1 cup of water
4-5 slices bitter melon
Instructions: Use 4 or 5 slices of dried melon, to each cup of water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes and drink warm.
Important: Consult your healthcare provider for the correct dosage if you are under treatment for diabetes or cholesterol you should consult your doctor about the dosage you should drink.