Bitter melon is a tropical fruit with a rather bitter taste, used as food and medicine. It has a warty kind of texture and is among the most bitter fruits. Its color ranges from light to dark green shades, and have an oval or oblong shapes with a pointed tip at the blossom end. Bitter melon’s flesh has rough-edged seeds, which become red when they’re ripe.

The bitter melon possesses incredible nutritional value, containing protein, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, folate and vitamins A, C and a few B vitamins.

How to make bitter melon juice

Wash one or two medium sized bitter melons under cold water, then slice them through the center. Extract the seeds and flesh with a spoon, and cut the flesh in small pieces, then soak the pieces in some water for 20-30 minutes. Blend the soaked bitter melon pieces, and strain the juice. You can sweeten the juice with honey, and add black pepper, lemon juice or ginger juice for taste.

Top ten health benefits of bitter melon

It purifies the blood

This fruit cleanses and detoxifies the impurities in blood, resolving issues like blood boils and itching due to toxemia. It also gives the skin a glow, and keeps it free from issues like psoriasis, acne and eczema.

Supports liver health

The bitter melon has hepatic properties, meaning it is highly beneficial for your liver. It encourages the filtering functions so the blood stays clean, and helps the removal of toxins from the liver.

Controls diabetes

A study published in 2011 in the Journal of Ethno pharmacology, the blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes can be reduced by taking a 2000 mg dose of bitter melon daily. However, the hypoglycemic effect was less than that found with a 1000 mg. daily dose of metformin. Drink half or a full cup of bitter melon juice early in the morning on an empty stomach, and include a dish of this tropical fruit daily.

Lowers cholesterol

Besides cleaning the bad cholesterol, bitter melon also improves the good type. Lowered cholesterol means less risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular issues.

Protects against cancer

Bitter melon has anti-cancer properties too. Its antioxidants help in the fight against free radicals in the body that can damage it and cause cancer. It prevents and reduces the risk of cervical, prostate and breast cancer. The anti-tumor properties of bitter melon were examined in a report published in the Pharmaceutical Research diary. The report found that the bitter melon ingredients induce apoptosis without influencing typical cell development, which helps in treating a wide range of diseases. To avoid cancer, drink or eat bitter melon daily.

Boosts immunity

Regular intake of bitter melon boosts and fortifies the immune system. It also has anti-cancer properties and fights free radicals, so there’s no real enough reason why you shouldn’t include it in your diet. Drink 1-2 cups of bitter melon tea daily to boost the immune system. Just steep 4-5 pieces of the fruit in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes, and the tea is ready.

Aids weight loss

The phytonutrients and antioxidants in bitter melon help you lose weight. The fruit speed up metabolism, and is full of fibers and low on calories.

Eliminates intestinal parasites

The intestinal parasites (worms) can be eliminated by bitter melon and its anthelminthic aggravates. It also disposes of the poisons the parasites leave behind.

Treats hangovers

Bitter melon is one of the best choices for hangovers. Its properties are anti-intoxicating, it eliminates toxins and treat the liver damage caused by too much alcohol.

Treats hemorrhoids

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of bitter melon help it in the battle against hemorrhoids.