Bitter melon

momordica charantia

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Bitter melon
momordica charantia
Used parts and where it grows:

The bitter melon grows in tropical areas, including parts of eastern Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and South America, where it is used as food and medicine. The fruit of this plant lives up to its name - very bitter taste. Although the seeds, leaves, and vines of bitter melon have all been used, the fruit is the safest and most frequently used in the plant medicinally.

Diabetes medicinal use, Help HIV, psoriasis.

Historical or traditional use (may or may not be used for scientific studies) Being a relatively common food item, bitter melon was traditionally used for an array of conditions by people in tropical regions. Numerous infections, cancer and diabetes are among the most common conditions that was supposed to mejorar. 1 the leaves and fruit are both used occasionally to make teas and beer or to season soups in the world West. The berries also produce wax, which is used to make candles.

Active components: At least three different groups of constituents in bitter melon have been identified to take actions hipoglicémicas (blood sugar lowering) or other advantage of the potential of diabetes mellitus. These include a mixture of saponins steroidal known as charantin, insulin - like Peptides, and alkaloids. It is still not understandable to them is the most effective, or whether the three working together. Multiple controlled clinical trials have confirmed the advantage of bitter melon for people with diabetes. 2.

Two proteins, known as alpha - and beta - momorcharin, inhibit the AIDS virus, but this research has shown only in test tubes and not a component humanos. 3 beings so far not identified in bitter melon inhibits cyclase of the guanylate The enzyme, an act that can benefit people with psoriasis.

How much should I take? For those with a taste or a tolerance for bitter taste, a small melon can be eaten as food or up to 50 ml of fresh juice can drink per day. Although still bitter, bitter melon dyes (5 ml two to three times a day) are also used at times.

There are side effects or interactions? Excessively high doses of bitter melon juice can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Young children or anyone with hypoglycemia should not take bitter melon, because this herb could theoretically activate or worsen the low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Additionally, diabetics who take drugs hipoglicémicas (such as chlorpropamide, glyburide, or phenformin) or insulin should use bitter melon only under medical supervision as it can enhance the effectiveness of drugs and lead to severe hypoglycemia.


1. Duke Ja. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1985, 315 - 16.

2. Characteristics of Raman A of C. Lau Anti - diabetic and Phytochemistry of charantia L (Curcurbitaceae) from Momordica. Phytomer Res 1996; 2: 349 - 62.

3. Preliminary report of Zhang QC. on the use of the extract of Momordica charantia of patients with HIV. J Naturopathic Med 1992; 3: 65 - 69.

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