Goya or Bitter melon, is commonly used for many different health benefits.The numerous benefits that this plant offers for your health makes it really miraculous. On first look the Goya looks like a cucumber but with ugly gourd–like bumps all over it. It grows well in humid and hot climates, mostly in South America and Asia.
Dr. Frank Shallenberger M.D., who specializes in Anti Aging Treatment and Alternative Medicine at The Nevada Center of Alternative & Anti – Aging Medicine, has used the fruit to fight pancreatic cancer. Dr Shallenberger says that bitter melon inhibits cancer cell growth effectively, and he always advises his patients to trust nature and use natural substances that have the power to inhibit cancer cell growth.
During his latest research, Dr. Shallenberger found that when bitter melon juice is diluted to 5% in water, it proved to be very effective in fighting pancreatic cancer. Bitter melon can damage cancer cell lines by a rate of 90% and 98%. The University of Colorado tested bitter melon’s effect further and found a 64% reduction in the size of the pancreatic tumors.
Dr. Shallenberger’s research is just one of the many health benefits bitter melon has to offer. Bitter melon has also been used as a remedy for high blood pressure, asthma, skin infections, diabetes symptoms and stomach problems. The plant has been used as a traditional medicine in Africa, India, China and the southeastern US.
Bitter melons are high in nutrients and low in calories. They are abundant in magnesium, manganese, fiber, vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, folate, zinc, and phosphorus. This fruit contains twice more beta-carotene than broccoli, it is high in iron, contains twice as much potassium as bananas, and twice as much calcium as spinach. Although it is extremely rich in nutrients, its bitter taste is the reason why people “forget” about this fruit
Health Benefits of Bitter Melon
Regular consumption of bitter gourd juice has been proven to improve stamina and energy levels.
Type – 2 Diabetes. Bitter melon notably contains polypeptide – P, phyto – nutrient, a plant insulin known to lower blood sugar levels. Even more, bitter melon contains a unique phyto – constituent that has been confirmed to have charantin which increases glycogen synthesis and glucose uptake inside the cells of muscle, liver and adipose tissue. Together, these two reduce blood sugar levels in the treatment of type – 2 diabetes.
Immune booster.This bitter juice can also help to increase your body’s resistance against infection and build your immune system.
Eye problems. The high beta – carotene and other properties in bitter melon make it one of the healthiest fruits that helps improve eyesight and alleviate eye problems
By speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol, bitter melon can help relieve hangovers. It also helps repair , cleanse and nourish liver problems due to alcohol consumption.
Indigestion/Constipation.Bitter melon stimulates peristalsis of food and easy digestion through the bowel until it is excreted from the body.
Liver Cleanse.Bitter melon helps cleanse and detoxify your liver, especially when consumed as a juice. In addition it helps relieve gout pain and improves blood circulation.
Regular consumption of bitter juice has also been known to improve psoriasis conditions and other fungal infections like athletes feet and ringworm.
Bitter melon is an excellent source of folate. When taken by mothers during early pregnancy, folate helps reduce the incidence of neural tube defects in newborn babies.