Knowledge of the medicinal properties of bitter melon dates back thousands of years in the world's oldest medical systems, which used various parts of this plant to solve many problems associated with diseases of the human mind and body.
Momordica charantia is a medicinal plant, almost all parts of which - shoots, fruits, stems and leaves - contain an impressive set of nutrients: iron, phosphorus, silicon, potassium, calcium, sodium, zinc, selenium, ascorbic acid, retinol, tocopherol, a complex of vitamins group B; linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic unsaturated fatty acids; glycosides, resins, phenol, amino acids, alkaloids.
Momordica contains a lot of iron, twice as much Beta-carotene as broccoli; twice as much calcium as spinach; twice as much potassium as a banana. In addition, it stimulates digestion and appetite.
The composition of the red shell of the seed contains essential oil, which contains healing carotene (32%). Momordica seeds are rich in lycopene, which has a high antioxidant effect.
The calorie content of bitter melon per 100 g is only 19 kcal.
Due to the presence of very valuable biologically active compounds with powerful biological effects, this plant is used in folk medicine all over the world for the treatment of various severe pathologies, mainly diabetes, as well as cancer and other diseases associated with inflammatory processes and metabolic disorders. This plant occupies one of the main positions in oriental medicine, and its components are included in many medicines certified around the world. Modern medicine confirms that the plant has antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, antifertile, antitumor, hypoglycemic and anticarcinogenic properties.
Momordica is the world's most used herb for alternative antidiabetic medicines, as the plant contains an insulin-like compound called polypeptide-p or p-insulin, which naturally controls blood sugar levels.
Along with the traditional forms of taking biological supplements (capsules, tablets and pills), the benefits of bitter melon are that its beneficial properties are perfectly preserved in drinks. Other fruits and vegetables are added to Momordica juice to improve the taste. Bitter gourd tea is a very popular medicinal drink in Japan and some other Asian countries.
Since bitter melon is a real exotic for many countries of the world, its fresh fruits are inaccessible to many. This is why bitter melon tea is the perfect way to improve your health with this plant. The tea is made from dehydrated leaves or the fruit of momordica and sold in ready-to-drink tea bags. Today this tea is gaining more and more popularity in Europe and the USA.
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