Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)
1.Respiratory Disorders 2. Liver Tonic 3. Immune System 4. Acne 5. Diabetes 6. Constipation 7. Kidney and Bladder 8. Heart Disease 9. Cancer 10. Weight Loss 11. Prevents Skin Problems 12. Skin Infections 13. Anti-Ageing 14. Healing Qualities 15. Shiny Hair 16. Dandruff 17. Split Ends 18. Dry and Itchy Scalp 19. Hair Loss 20. Rough and Tangled Hair 21. Grey Hair 22. Oily Hair
Bitter Melon Fruit (Dried Slices or Herb)
Respiratory Disorders - The fresh pods are an excellent remedy for curing respiratory problems like asthma, cold, cough, etc.
Liver Tonic - Drink one glass of Bitter Melon juice daily to heal liver problems. Keep consuming this continuously for a week to see results.
Immune System - Boil Bitter Melon herb or fruit in water and consume it every day to fight against infections. This also helps to build your immunity.
Acne - Consuming Bitter Melon can help you get rid of acne, blemishes and deep skin infections. Bitter melon is useful in treating blood disorders like blood boils, scabies, itching, psoriasis, ringworm and other fungal diseases. The free radicals in it are also useful for anti-ageing. Consume the juice of a bitter melon mixed with key lime on an empty stomach daily for 6 months or till you get the desired results.
Diabetes - Bitter melon juice/tea benefits include helping to overcome type 2 diabetes. It has been a part of the Chinese and Indian ancient medicine for a long time but only recent research has proven that it is no folk lore. Type 2 diabetes is caused partially due to the inability of a cell to absorb the sugar in the blood due to insufficient insulin or due to development of resistance to insulin. In both cases, the cells are unable to absorb the sugar due to the ineffectiveness of the insulin produced. The absorption of sugar occurs due to the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase in the cells. Bitter Melon activates these kidneys due to which the absorption of sugar increases and hence, aids in bringing diabetes under control. Green juice for diabetics: cucumbers, green apples, bitter melon, bell pepper. Bitter Melon contains certain chemicals that are like insulin which help to reduce the blood sugar levels.
Constipation - Bitter Melon helps in easy digestion as it contains fiber properties. The food is digested and the waste is thrown out of the body which helps in curing indigestion and constipation problems
Kidney And Bladder - Bitter Melon helps to maintain a healthy liver and bladder. It is also useful in curing kidney stones
Heart Disease - Bitter Melon is very good for the heart in many ways. It helps reduce the bad cholesterol levels which clog the arterial walls and thereby reduces the chances of heart attacks. Also, it is known to lower the blood sugar levels that help in maintaining a good heart health
Cancer - Bitter Melon can prevent cancer cells from multiplying
Weight Loss - Bitter Melon contains antioxidants that help to flush out your system. This improves your metabolism and digestive systems, thus helping you lose weight quickly. The two other major factors that aid in weight loss are the calorie control and filling components. Calorie control happens as such because vegetables are low in calories that allows you to consume more quantities of them. The filling component in this vegetable is water. We know that water is a universal suppressant of hunger. The pods of this vegetable contain on the whole 80-85% water
Skin Benefits Of Bitter Melon - The appearance of your skin is largely determined by what you put inside your body. In other words, getting proper nutrition is a prerequisite for a healthy and damage-free skin. Being a natural blood purifier, bitter gourd helps in improving the appearance of your skin.
Prevents Skin Problems - The regular consumption of Bitter Melon (fruit, juice, tea) helps in keeping your skin glowing and free from blemishes. It also helps prevent acne thanks to its blood purifying properties
Skin Infections - Bitter Melon benefits in treating skin diseases or skin infections, eczema and psoriasis. The regular consumption of Bitter Melon juice/tea helps in improving psoriasis as well as other fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot.
Anti-Ageing - Bitter Melon contains vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. By fighting and eliminating the harmful free radicals, it helps to prevent wrinkles by slowing down the ageing process. It also protects the skin from damage by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Healing Qualities - Bitter Melon helps in controlling the blood flow and clotting, causing wounds to heal faster, preventing further infections.
Hair Benefits Of Bitter Melon -Bitter Melon is a great home remedy for your hair. Besides being beneficial for your skin and health, Bitter Melon juice/tea is also effective in treating hair problems and promoting longevity.
Shiny Hair - To impart a natural shine to your hair, you can mix a cup of fresh Bitter Melon juice/tea with yoghurt and apply on your hair. Wash off after sometime. This will make your hair shiny and beautiful.
Dandruff - Dandruff is a common problem and is mostly caused due to the consumption of unhealthy food and exposure to pollution. To ward off dandruff, you can prepare a hair pack by mixing Bitter Melon juice/tea and cumin seeds. Regular usage of this pack will rid you of dandruff within a month.
Split Ends - If you are troubled by split ends, you can apply raw Bitter Melon juice/tea to your split ends and then comb gently. This should be done twice a week to get rid of split ends.
Dry And Itchy Scalp - To combat the dryness of the scalp, you can rub a piece of Bitter Melon on it and massage your scalp in a circular motion. Then, rinse off with clear water. To combat the itchiness, you can prepare a hair pack by mixing bitter gourd juice with either avocado or banana and apply it on your scalp. This should be used at least once a week to get rid of an itchy scalp.
Hair Loss - Bitter Melon juice/tea helps in reducing hair fall naturally. All you need to do is mix bitter gourd juice with a dash of date or coconut sugar and use this paste on your hair to get good results.
Rough And Tangled Hair - If you have rough and tangled hair, you can pour a cup of Bitter Melon juice/tea and allow it to soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off your hair. This will help smooth your hair texture and make it soft and shiny.
Grey Hair - Bitter Melon can also treat premature graying of hair. You can apply freshly squeezed Bitter Melon juice on your grey strands. Doing this once in every ten days will reduce the grey hair growth.
Oily Hair - Increased intake of oily food can cause the accumulation of excess oil in your hair. If you have oily hair, you should first limit the consumption of oily food. You can apply Bitter Melon to remove the excess oil from your hair.
The numerous health, skin and hair benefits of bitter melon can be attributed to its nutritional value. It has a wide array of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, copper and phosphorus.
Marinade with salt to reduce the bitterness.
Pregnant women should be careful while consuming this vegetable. The laxative component of the vegetable may lead to premature contraction, vaginal bleeding and miscarriages. Do consult your doctor once.
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