Bitter lemon may look like a lumpy cucumber or a sad gourd. But according to studies, it’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Traditional Uses of Bitter Lemon
Bitter melon is typically used for to treat various stomach and intestinal disorders such as:
- Stomach upset
- Intestinal worms
Also, bitter lemon can be used for liver disease, kidney stones, psoriasis, fever, menstrual pain and as a supportive treatment for HIV/AIDS.
Use in Diabetic Care
Studies show that compounds found in bitter melon mimic insulin by lowering blood sugar. It aids the transportation of glucose into cells and the storage of energy in the liver and muscles. The fruit improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. It also aids weight loss.
Use in Cancer Patients
Amazingly, the same actions that make the melon appropriate for diabetics help kill cancer cells.
University of Colorado Cancer Center found that bitter melon stops pancreatic cancer cells from metabolizing glucose. This is because cancer cells need sugar to survive, so daily consumption of bitter melon juice was found to reduce pancreatic cancer risk by 60%.
Bitter melon also shows cytotoxic activity because it contains a ribosome inhibiting protein (RIP) that prompts apoptosis in prostate cancer cells. It also prevents the spread of cancer. There was 51% reduction of cancer proliferation in mice fed bitter melon extract.
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The fruit has also shown positive results in treating ovarian cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, breast cancer and squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer).
How To Use Bitter Melon
Healthy adults should not exceed two ounces of bitter melon a day. Excessive consumption of bitter lemon may cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Children under 18, pregnant women and people taking insulin or hypoglycemic medication should not use bitter melon unless under strict medical supervision.
How to Prepare Not-So-Bitter Melon Juice;
– 1 bitter melon*
– 3 apples
– 2 celery stalks
– 1 cucumber
– 1 lemon
1. Wash all the items properly.
2. Cut the bitter melon in length-side to scoop out seeds and flesh.
3. D-core apples.
4. Chop ingredients, making sure to leave the peel intact.
5. Add salt and honey to taste.