The scientists have discovered that the agents of this plant starve the malignant cells and reduce thus lowering their much-needed sugar. According to the Cancer Center at the University of Colorado, this plant effectively slows down the growth of pancreatic tumor. It has been also found that karela is really helpful in cases of lung, liver, colon and prostate cancer as well as against neuroblastoma and leukemia.
Glycoprotein lectin is the most powerful ingredient in this fruit which acts as immunomodulator – decreases the concentration of glucose in your blood.
Note: Karela is not recommended for breastfeeding, pregnant women and children.
Nutritional value of raw fresh bitter melon (100 g)
- Sodium – 5 mg
- Phosphorus – 31 mg
- Magnesium – 17 mg
- Calcium – 19 mg
- Potassium – 296 mg
- Vitamin C – 84 mg
- Vitamin B3 – 0.4 g
- Vitamin B2 – 0.04 g
- Vitamin B1 – 0.04 mg
- Vitamin K – 4.8 mg
- Folate – 72 mg
- Protein – 1.00 g
- Fat – 0.17 g
- Dietary fiber – 2.8 g
- Carbohydrates – 3.7 g
- Calories – 17 kcal
All parts of bitter melon are used for the preparation of medicines and food. These powerful fruits are rich in lectin which in its activity resembles insulin, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin C. Due to the presence of minerals (Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Magnesium), Vitamins (C, B1, B2, B3), zeaxanthin, lutein, flavanoids, beta-carotene, bitter melon treats HIV – infections, kills carcinogenic cells, fights against free radicals and different degenerative diseases.
In traditional Indian and Chinese medicine this fruit has been used to cures burns, chronic coughs, skin conditions, fever, wounds and painful menstruation. It also aids in detoxification of the liver, boosts the immunity, decreases the incidence of kidney stones. Bitter melon can be consumed juiced, cooked, raw, or in a tincture.
Bitter Melon Against Cancer and Diabetes
The latest study has shown that this fruit cures diabetes, HIV infections and carcinomas as well as removing the toxins from the human body.