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Bitter Gourd (Binomial Name: Momordica charantia)
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Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd, binomial name Momordica charantia is used both as a medicine and as a food. It is often added to dishes in South India, as its name suggests, taste very bitter and adds a sour quality to foods. Some people find difficult to consume, but it has great healthful qualities.
It’s a valuable herb gifted to us by Mother Nature and considered one of the best Siddha medicinal herbs due to its healing properties. Siddha medical system has found its medicinal benefits several thousand years ago. In Tamil language, it is called Pavarkai and it is originated in India. It is highly grown in India, Srilanka, parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. It is normally cultivated during warm season.
It has numerous vital vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Phosphorous, Copper and Potassium.
Some of the many benefits of Bitter Gourd include:
Increases the secretion of insulin, helps in reducing excessive blood glucose levels
Increases glucose absorption and fatty acid oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity
It can help to strengthen your immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection
Increases good cholesterol
Reduces low cholesterol
May reduce cardiovascular risk
Its juice is used in the treatment of blood disorders like blood boils and itching due to blood poisoning.
It helps clean up a toxic blood, improves blood circulation and relieves gout pain.
Effective in treating eczema and psoriasis
Helps purify, restore and nourish liver
Improves eye sight
Supports weight loss:
It stimulates liver for secretion of bile juices that are very essential for metabolism of fats.
Rich in fiber and it prevents constipation.
Good digestive agent and helps in stimulating the secretion of gastric juices (if you have ulcers and heart burn issues avoid drinking as juice)
At 7 to 10 degrees in refrigerator bitter gourd will last for approximately 2 weeks and if bitter gourd turns yellow or orange, it is an obvious indication that it is not good for use and it must be scrapped. Yellow or orange will increase bitter flavor and the medicinal effect will be reduced.
Without refrigeration it will last for 2 to 3 days under normal room temperature
The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice.