The plant is called karela. Some even call it bitter melon. It may look like cucumber but the structure is so different. It is native in the warm and humid places of South America and Asia.
Scientific researches that were made on karela showed amazing effect in treating cells of pancreatitis cancer. But this is not the only benefit of this plant. It is also very efficient in treating high blood pressure, asthma, skin infections, and symptoms of diabetes as well as stomach problems.
Bitter melon is very low in calories and contains large amounts of nutrients. It is an excellent source of magnesium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, B2, B3 and vitamin C. it is also rich in folate, zinc and phosphorus. The plant contains twice more beta carotene than broccoli and twice more potassium than bananas, as well as twice more calcium than spinach. The only negative thing about this plant is it bitter taste that stops the people from c consuming it.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BITTER MELON
Regular use of karela juice can increase the energy. It contains amazing amount of folate and if you consume it during pregnancy it will prevent the nerve damage in the newborn.
Bitter melon contains phytonutrient that lowers blood sugar levels. It also contains phytocostituents that increase glycogen synthesis and glucose absorption. That helps in treatment of type II diabetes. Karela can also improve the immunity and the body’s ability to fight with infections. Since it contains high percent of beta carotene, this plant can also help with vision problems.
Bitter melon has ability to speed up the metabolism of alcohols and also the liver to recover from use of it. It also helps weight loss because it can boost up the metabolism. Regular use of karela juice can help with psoriasis and similar fungal dermatological disorders.
HOW TO USE KARELA
Unlike other vegetables and fruit, bitter melon is the best for use when it is green. When it starts to turn orange it becomes bitterer. It can be dried and minced and then it is used to prepare tea. Eastern cultures when it is native use it to prepare traditional dishes. It can be made into a juice that should be diluted with water. It can also be used pickled.
However you decide to use it, karela is a plant that should be a part of your healthy nutrition.