Bitter gourd


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Bitter gourd or ‘Karela’ is a popular vegetable in Asian countries. Also known as bitter melon, the vegetable is low in calories and power packed with Vitamin B, Vitamin C and several other nutrients. Drinking bitter gourd juice regularly keeps you energetic and boosts stamina. The medicinal vegetable ensures good health, builds up immunity and helps to fight back several infections. Bitter gourd is a must have vegetable for diabetics.

Diabetics can mix bitter gourd juice and green apple juice for better results. Bitter gourd contains polypeptide-p, a phyto-nutrient that works as an insulin replacement in some diabetics, besides, it also lowers sugar levels in blood and urine. This bitter vegetable is rich in iron, calcium and potassium. It supplies double the amount of beta-carotene than that in broccoli thus improving eyesight and alleviating several eye problems. Two ounces of bitter gourd juice with a cup of honeyed water is an effective concoction that is beneficial in asthma, bronchitis and pharyngitis. Drink a glass of bitter gourd juice to relive a hangover.It also repairs and replenishes the liver thus restoring health. This miracle gourd scavenges the toxins from the blood and is beneficial in healing conditions such as toxemia and jaundice. Rich in dietary fiber, bitter gourd promotes healthy digestion and relieves related problems like constipation. Nutritional value of Bitter Melon Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. Bitter Melon is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C, flavonoids such as ß-carotene, α-carotene, lutein, iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium and has high dietary fiber.

It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach and twice the potassium of a banana. Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin.