Bitter melon juice is the most effective natural diabetes treatment. Drinking it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning helps lower blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of diabetes-related health complications such as weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, among others. The problem with bitter gourd juice is that it is unpalatable to many people.
Its commonly called bitter melon, bitter gourd, African cucumber or balsam pear, Momordica charantia belongs to the plant family Cucurbitaceae. In Nigeria, bitter melon is called ndakdi in Dera; dagdaggi in Fula-Fulfulde; hashinashiap in Goemai; daddagu in Hausa; iliahia in Igala; akban ndene in Igbo (Ibuzo in Delta State); dagdagoo in Kanuri; akara aj, ejinrin nla, ejinrin weeri, ejirin-weewe or igbole aja in Yoruba.
How Bitter Melon Juice Helps Treat Diabetes
- Bitter Melon 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 (2). Another molecule, momordin, also helps regulate glucose metabolism and fatty acid (broken down fat molecules) storage (3).
- Scientists at the Naresuan University studied the effect of bitter melon juice and metformin (a drug prescribed for diabetic patients) on diabetic patients. They divided the patients into four groups and administered doses of 500 mg/day, 1000 mg/day, and 2000 mg/day of bitter melon and the last group received 1000 mg/day metformin. After 4 weeks, the results were analyzed and the scientists found that patients who received 2000 mg/day of bitter melon had significantly lower blood glucose levels (4).
- In another study, researchers administered bitter melon tablets to diabetic patients and followed up on their fasting blood glucose, two-hour postprandial blood sugar, glycosylated hemoglobin, kidney and liver functions, and blood lipid profile. They confirmed that the bitter gourd tablet helped lower the blood glucose levels and also showed improvement in the plasma triglyceride levels (5).
The anti-diabetic properties of bitter melon juice are well known, but modern science backs them up. But what can you do about the vegetable’s bitter taste? Take a look at the recipe below to learn how to make bitter gourd juice taste delicious.
Here’s a simple and quick way to make bitter gourd juice for diabetes at home.
- 2-3 fresh bitter melon
- ½ lime
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- A pinch of pink Himalayan salt
How To Prepare
- Wash the bitter melon and peel the skin. If the peel does not bother you, do not peel it.
- Slit the bitter melon vertically and take out the rind and the seeds. Roughly chop them into smaller pieces. Make sure that the bitter melon 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
If you have a sensitive stomach and can’t process high-fiber foods, strain the juice through a sieve or strainer.
You can include bitter gourd in your diet in addition to drinking the juice in the morning. Is that something you can do? Yes, indeed! Let’s get our creative juices flowing.
This information is for educational purpose, always consult your doctor before you try anything or stop your medication.
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