Bitter Melon and Diabetes | Bitter Gourd Tea Recipe | Diabetes Health

Bitter Gourd Juice
Bitter Gourd/Bitter Melon Juice for Diabetes
Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd or karela (in India), is a unique vegetable-fruit rich in vital vitamins and minerals which is a traditional medicine for treating diabetes. It was widely used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes, and now, it is commercially available in the form of tea, juice, extracts, and pills. 

Bitter gourd contains many compounds, but there are three main active compounds that make it such an effective Ayurvedic medicine for diabetes. These compounds, Polypeptide-p, Vicine, and Charatin, mimic the human insulin and help the cells to take up sugar molecules, increase insulin secretion, stimulate the liver and muscle glycogen synthesis (packing several glucose molecules together), and decrease glucose absorption in the body. Another molecule, momordin, also helps regulate glucose metabolism and fatty acid (broken down fat molecules) storage.

Here is the list of benefits of bitter gourd.
  • Facilitates Carbohydrate Digestion
  • Lowers Cholesterol Levels
  • Detoxifies The Liver
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Supports Bowel Movement
  • Aids Weight Loss
  • Improves Skin And Hair Health
The fruit is available at most Asian grocery stores. Powders, supplements, and juices are available at health food stores and sold by online retailers.

Learn about natural home remedies to control diabetes

Risks of consuming bitter melon

Excessive consumption of bitter melon may cause stomach troubles, including diarrhea. Another potential adverse effect is extremely low blood sugar.

Children should not take bitter melon as it has been known to cause vomiting and diarrhea. Pregnant women should not consume bitter melon in any form because it has been associated with bleeding, contractions and miscarriage.

To conclude, bitter gourd juice is healthy and helps heal the body. For ages, it has been used as a home remedy to treat diabetes. But you should talk to your doctor before consuming bitter gourd or karela juice for diabetes. Follow the recipes mentioned here to make a delicious healing juice, or tea to have it every morning and see quick and good results in just a few days.

Here’s a simple and quick way to make bitter gourd juice for diabetes at home.

2-3 fresh bitter gourds
½ lime
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
A pinch of pink Himalayan salt

How To Prepare
  • Wash the bitter gourd and peel the skin. If the peel does not bother you, do not peel it.
  • Slit the bitter gourds vertically and take out the rind and the seeds. Roughly chop them into smaller pieces. Make sure that the bitter gourds are not ripe.
  • Soak them in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. Add half a teaspoon of salt to the water.
  • Take out the bitter gourd pieces with the help of a large spoon or sieve and toss them into a juicer. Give it a good spin.
  • Pour the juice into a glass, add pink Himalayan salt, turmeric, and lime juice. Stir well before drinking
Note: You may pass the juice through a sieve or strainer if you have a sensitive stomach and cannot process high-fiber foods.

What Is The Recommended Bitter Gourd Juice Dosage For Diabetes?

Here is the recommended daily dose of bitter gourd juice for diabetes.
50-100 ml juice per day
900 mg of fruit, three times a day
10-50 ml/day tincture

Improve Liver Health, Immune System and Blood Sugar Levels with an easy Bitter Gourd Tea Recipe

Cut the gourd into smaller pieces (no need to remove seeds as they also contain medicinal properties) to be used for boiling the tea.

  • Wash and chop up the dried bittergourd or leaves to get about 6-8 tablespoons.
  • Boil about 16oz (about 0.5L) of pure drinking water in a stainless steel pot, and add the dried bitter gourd/leaves. If using fresh bitter gourd, use about two cups of chopped up gourd for the same amount of water. Multiply the amount if making more.
  • Simmer at low to medium heat for about 10 minutes with the lid on.
  • Turn off fire, remove pot from stove and let steep for about 10 minutes.
  • Strain the leaves and pour tea into a vacuum flask.
  • Sip it warm throughout the day.
Bittergourd tea bags may also be used (you can find them at online health store).
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