Bitter gourd is traditionally used in cooking and medicine among the nations of Asia, Africa, and South America. The tropical plant is part of the family of plants “Momordica sharantia” and is one of the few that received confirmation of its healing properties from official medicine. It is also called bitter melon and is found in India, and in the 14th century, it is imported to China as well as in other parts of the world.
Bitter gourd is a Natural insulin in the form of tropical fruits
It grows like a vine, with long and broken leaves that can be eaten and yellow flowers. It is best known for its bitter fruit that resembles a zucchini with an elongated shape and a cucumber. While young, the Bitter gourd, like most plants, has a green color, and when it matures it gets orange-yellow. The flesh breaks into 3 parts and red seeds appear that are also bitter and can be eaten.
Bitter gourd contains few calories, and the unripe berries are a treasury of vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3. It is rich in potassium and phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, manganese, fiber. And other beneficial ingredients that are beneficial to immunity and overall health. This fruit is natural insulin because it contains a specific ingredient, glycoprotein lectin. Which reduces the level of glucose, that is blood sugar.
Bitter gourd purifies the body from toxins
In addition, it purifies the body from toxins and treats psoriasis, raises the level of energy and relieves breathing. It acts as an immunomodulator because extracts from the Bitter gourd strengthen the immune functions of cells. Which is important for those with HIV, cancer and other severe diseases.
There is evidence that regular consumption of Bitter gourd juice “starves” carcinogens and thus destroys them. Also, the juice acts antiviral. Cleans the gut of microorganisms, improves digestion, accelerates metabolism, relieves problems that arise due to diabetes and accelerates wound healing. From the dried leaves, tea is made against bacteria that stimulates digestion and cures from malaria.
Bitter gourd is not recommended only for pregnant women and nursing women. Because its ingredients can cause contractions of the uterus. And infants through milk can supply infants with plant materials that are undesirable for the youngest age.
In India, Bitter gourd is considered to be a superfood. And is traditionally consumed as a bitter and unsweetened, freshly squeezed juice of one fruit. It is recommended to drink only once a day. Given that the Indians believe that this plant is the cause of their longevity, vitality and good health, they often have it at their table.
The bitterness of the Bitter gourd is reduced by marinating in salt water and removing the inside of the fruit. Indians fill it with various spices, onions, garlic, tie it with threads and fry it in oil.