Oct 8, 2012

Bitter gourd juice — a healthy way to start the day

Bitter gourd or bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is actually a member of the squash family and resembles a cucumber with bumpy skin. Bitter melon bears simple alternate leaves. Each bitter melon plant bears separate yellow male and female flowers; its fruit has an oblong shape.

When first picked, a bitter melon is yellow-green, but as it ripens, it turns yellow-orange in colour. As the fruit ripens, the flesh becomes tougher and more bitter. Bitter melon has a variety of shapes and sizes. The inside of the melon is filled with fibrous seeds.

Health benefits

Bitter gourd is believed to improve the body's ability to use blood sugar and glucose tolerance. It is consumed regularly in leprosy endemic regions as it is believed to help prevent the disease. It is helpful in fighting cancer and several infections.

Bitter gourd has been known to provide relief from constipation and is also effective in the treatment of psoriasis. It’s high beta-carotene that helps alleviate eye problems and improve eyesight. The juice of the leaf has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of alcoholism. It is also said to build the immune system.

Bitter gourd contains beneficial properties that rid the blood of toxins; consuming 20 ml of the juice daily helps cleanse the liver. It is recommended for asthma patients.

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1 comment:

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