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Why Bitter Melon (Karela) for Blood Sugar and Cholesterol?

Bitter Melon, Bitter gourd or karela is another wonder fruit (vegetable) with extraordinary properties that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It was later introduced into China in the 14th century. It grows in the form of a vine and is oblong in shape with a jagged, ridged exterior. It is extremely bitter in taste. However, it is cooked using different recipes and consumed with relish too. As far as health benefits are concerned, Bitter Melon is considered to have many important properties. It contains an insulin-like peptide called charantin, and also lectins or non-digestible sugar-binding proteins, which help reduce the amount of sugar absorbed by the digestive system. With a healthy diet, this helps maintain blood sugar at normal levels, and may therefore be used in the treatment of diabetes. Bitter Melon has nutritive properties, is rich in vitamins and in minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc and phosphorous, and also in fibre and powerful antioxidants. Moreover, it is rich in iron content too. These properties make bitter melon an important disease-fighting fruit. Bitter melon helps in inhibiting conversion of sugar into fat and stimulating breakdown of fat in the body thus assisting in managing weight gain, the bane […]



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