Probably not many people who like bitter melon, because of the bitter taste. But you seem to be starting to like it because there are many benefits contained in this vegetable. A laboratory study Saint Louis University, USA proved that bitter melon extract might help protect women from breast cancer.
Bitter melon is also widely available in India, China, and South America; bitter melon extract can be used as a folk remedy for diabetes because of its ability to lower blood sugar. Not many people understood the benefits of bitter melon. We know by word of mouth. But from the literature, bitter melon benefits admitted in the world.
Research conducted in Japan, using mice as experimental. Mice that had been injected with cancer cells in the stomach, given the bitter melon extract to determine the cancer cells development. As a result, the cancer cells are found in the stomach stops growing. Lecithin and other substances in bitter melon serve to activate the immune function to fight cancer cells. These properties not only for people who already have cancer. For healthy people by eating bitter melon can even prevent disease.
Another benefit is to lower blood sugar levels. This study was also conducted on some mice that given a trigger diabetes. After given the bitter extract melon then measured their blood sugar. As a result, blood sugar levels in mice falling gradually. Sugar levels drop due to the work of a substance that has similarities with insulin contained in bitter melon seeds.
Besides, protein substances also play a role in decreasing the sugar levels in the blood. Elements contained in the flesh and seeds of bitter melon accelerate the dismantling of glucose and turn excess glucose into energy. Bitter melon also contains lots of fiber, vitamin C, carotene, and potassium. Fiber works to regulate the conditions in the intestine and serves to overcome constipation. Carotene works to maintain eye health because it can increase the eye activity and overcome or reduce complaints of night blindness. Potassium helps to overcome the excess sodium so efficacious to treat high blood pressure.
Vitamin C contained in 100 grams of bitter melon about 120 ml. Vitamin C serves to maintain the beauty of the skin, which prevents skin damage caused by the ultra violet sting. That means it can avoid black spots and wrinkles on the face. Also, bitter melon can even cope with appetite disruption, especially when the air temperature is hot. Bitter melon is perfect when cooked in the summer.
From research conducted in Japan, it is known that the seeds of bitter melon also become a relatively stable anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants work to fight free radicals in the body that can cause injury to cells, arterial blockage, stroke, heart disease and others.
If you are still not interested because of bitterness, some tips can be done, for example by soaking or washing the bitter melon slices in salt water. Another way is to make bitter melon into tea. Good luck.