Did you know that a plant similar to cucumber with the difference that it has ugly ground-like bumps all over it can kill cancer and many other diseases? A plant with bitter taste can actually sweeten your health by virtue of its disease preventing and health promoting phytochemical compounds.

Meet the miraculous Bitter melon or better known as Goya, Karela or Balsam Pear. This tropical vegetable can be found in south-east Asia and South America

Dr. Frank Shallenberger M.D., from the Nevada Center of Alternative & Anti-Aging Medicine made an research in order to fight pancreatic cancer.  In his work he has always preferred natural cures than traditional medicine, believing that they can inhibit cancer cell growth. In his research he recommended to his patients to consume Goya and came to the conclusion that this vegetable is the best natural cure for cancer. According to Dr. Shallenberger the best way to consume it, is to dilute bitter melon juice to 5 % in water. His research confirmed that this vegetable can damage cancer cells( pancreatic cancer) up to 90-98%. This research has also been tested by the University of Colorado and it has been confirmed that can really reduce the size of pancreatic tumors up to 64%.

Besides being used to fight cancer, this amazing plant is used as remedy for other diseases like: asthma skin infections, high blood pressure and diabetes. Goya also contains a lot of vitamins and nutrients. It is a source of vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C; magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, fiber, iron, beta-carotene, calcium and potassium.

Don’t let the bitter taste discourage you from consuming it. Think of the positive benefits from this vegetable for your health.

Here is something more about the benefits you can get from Goya:

– Type II diabetes:

Goya contains phytonutrient, polypeptide-P which are plant insulin, and which can lower the sugar levels and increase the glycogen synthesis in the cells of liver.

-Eye problems:

The high concentration of beta-carotene makes this plant an amazing medicine for improving eyesight and some other eye problems.

– Hangovers

You can easily get rid of hangovers with Goya. Goya will speed your metabolism and the alcohol will soon be out of your body, making you feel better. Beside this, it improves the work of the liver and damages due to alcohol consumption.

-Goya contains folates

The best way to consume folates during the first month of pregnancy is with Goya. It will reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the newborn babies.

– Liver cleanse

Goya juice will detoxify your liver and improve your blood circulation.

– Energy

Consumption of Goya juice will Boost your energy and will improve the stamina level and your sleep.

– Immune booster
with this bitter juice you can also improve your immune system and make your body more resistant to many infections.

– Psoriasis
It is also good for treatment of fungal infections among which is the psoriasis.

Bitter melon stimulates easy digestion and peristalsis of food through the bowel until it is excreted from the body. It prevents constipation in the most effective way.


The best way to consume the Goya is when it is firm and still green. While green it is less bitter and the riper it is, the more bitter it is. Avoid Goya with soft spots and orange color.

Did you know?

People in India tend to consume it in stir-fries or stuffed with tomato, onions, green chilies, garlic, garam-masala and curry leaves.

In Island a widely known special dish is Goya chanpuru, Okinawantir-fry with bitter melon, onion, tofu, pork, and eggs.

In Philippines this is known as ampalaya and is used in special dishes like Pinakbet Ilocano, prepared with shrimp paste and mixed with vegetables like eggplant and okra

In some regions of East Asia people tend to use it dried and ground whole bitter gourd in the preparation of iced milk tea.

And in the end the gourd is also been used for long time in the pickle preparations.

If you can stand the bitter taste of the Goya and if it doesn’t bother you, you should definitely start consuming it. It is an ideal ingredient that should be part of your daily menu so that your health and body benefit in so many ways – prevent cancer the natural way, control diabetes and restore your wellness.