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Incredible Veggie for Weight Loss and Diabetes: Bitter Melon

Posted on: February 23rd, 2013 by Rakesh Sethi No Comments

Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd, is a vegetable widely used in Asia, Pacific Islands, and South America.  Bitter melon, as the name suggests, tastes extremely bitter and little bit pungent. Its fundamental benefit is- it slows down your aging! So how does this bitter tasting vegetable keep you fit and younger looking. It happens because of its three incredibly important effects on your body:bitter melon

  1. Detoxifying: helps you get rid of toxins
  2. Increasing Digestive Fire: facilitates digestion of heavy foods
  3. Reducing Inflammation: protects internal organs and tissues

These three critical actions offered by one vegetable, work together to cleanse and protect your body.  Bitter melon particularly benefits the following two conditions:

Obesity

Including bitter melon regularly in your diet, 2 to 3 times per week, will accelerate your weight loss. Add it to your weight loss regimen you are using. You will achieve your goal faster.

Diabetes

Numerous studies have illustrated hypoglycemic effect of bitter melon.  This incredible vegetable has positive effect on function of pancreas and helps metabolize sugar.  But it’s insulin like action is what makes bitter melon a potential substitute for insulin. Bitter melon contains potent detoxifier that also protects the pancreas and other tissues. You will see remarkable results just with 1-2 ounces of juice per day. For pre-diabetics, this is just the vegetable to include in the diet.

How Do You Take It?

Most of the western diet is devoid of bitter taste. Bitter melon is the best vegetable for adding bitter taste into your diet. You can steam or sauté bitter melon and eat as a side dish. You can also make fresh juice out of bitter melon. However, the extreme bitter juice is difficult to take. So use the bitter melon as a vegetable mixed with other vegetables to create palatable recipe.  This way it is much easier to take and you can eat bitter melon more frequently in your diet. You can also get bitter melon in capsules.

Who Should or Should Not Take?

Using bitter melon sparingly is good for almost anyone. But to start using it regularly in your diet, you need to know your body constitution; to find out – subscribe below. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner, if you need help. If you know your mind-body constitution, bitter melon is favorable to Kapha or Pitta constitutions but not so much for Vata. With regular use, a Vata constitution can develop joints or muscle pains, or nervous disorders.

Caution: Before adding bitter melon to your routine for any specific condition, consult with your doctor, especially if you are taking prescription medication. Do not take bitter melon regularly, if you are pregnant.

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