7 Health benefits of Bitter Melon
By Adenike Akindude
Bitter lemon also known as bitter gourd or bitter squash is a very rare fruit that has so many health benefits but here we are looking at the most important 7 benefits.
This fruit is found in warm places all over the world especially in Africa, Asia and in the Caribbean. The major 7 health benefits include:
- Boost the Immune System
Bitter melon has a lot of antioxidants that fight against sickness in the body. Adding bitter melon to your diet helps your body to fight against dangerous illnesses like liver, heart attack, and Kidney failure.
- Prevents diabetes
The fleshy part of bitter melon helps to treat diabetes; it regulates the level of sugar that the body has accumulated through the food that is eaten. It prevents a sudden drop in insulin in the body.
Bitter melon must not be taken with other diabetic treating medicines because it can cause a high rate of reduction in blood sugar.
3. Treats asthma and other respiratory conditions
Bitter melon has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that give relief for respiratory conditions like asthma and cold. It works faster when eaten before going to bed.
- Cures kidney stones
Bitter melon helps to cure kidney stones and it also helps to keep the liver and bladder healthy.
- Cures Indigestion
The fiber in bitter melon helps to cure indigestion as it digests the food quickly and dispose waste from the body.
- Prevents heart attacks
Bitter melon reduces the level of cholesterol that the body has gathered which reduces the tendency for heart attacks.
- Prevents Cancer
Research has shown that eating bitter melon helps to prevent cancerous growths like prostate, breast cancer, and cervical cancer because it has the capacity to kill cancerous cells. More research is being done to find out how bitter melon can cure cancer.
Take note: according to research, Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not eat or take this fruit as it can lead to excessive menstrual bleeding.