Herbal information on Bitter Melon in Bulk Cut Form
Common Name: Bitter Melon
Botanical Name: Momordica Charantia
Channels/Meridians: Stomach, Spleen, Heart, Lung
Other Names: Momordica Charantia Fruit, Bitter Gourd
Pin Yin Name: Ku gua Gan
Other Ingredients: None, nothing has been added to this product.
Package Size: 1 pound
Form: Cut / Sliced, not uniform pieces.
Dosage: Follow doctors instructions on how to use this herb.
Brand: Nuherbs Lab Test - Geo-Authentic Herbs
Cautions: Do not use if pregnant or nursing.
Naturally Occurring Chemical Components: 5α-Stigmasta-7,25-dien-3β-ol, 5-hydroxytryptamine, Alkaloids, Esterol, Sugars, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C
Additional Information About Bitter Melon
- Supports Digestive System
- Supports Healthy Blood Sugar
- Bitter melon is rich in iron and has twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas, and contains vitamins C and B 1 to 3, phosphorus and excellent dietary fiber.
Product Properties: Bitter, Cold
Bitter melon is found in many Asian grocery stores. It is also sold in liquid extract and capsule form.1 Bitter melon is rich in iron, and has twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas, and contains vitamins B and C. Its bitterness comes from the high concentration of quinine.2 Bitter Melon is cultivated in tropical areas, where the climatic condition is warm and humid. It is a green in color having a shape of a cucumber having gourd-like bumps all over its surface.3
Bitter melon is widely grown in Asia, and Asian immigrants in North America continue to enjoy its bitter taste in their native cuisines. In Asian restaurants in North America, however, it is not commonly found on the menu.4 Bitter melon is used both as a medicine and as a food. It is often added to dishes, for all parts of the plant, as its name suggests, taste very bitter and add an astringent or sour quality to foods. Bitter melon is considered one of the “original medicines” in ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine disciplines.
Bitter melon is used mostly as a vegetable. It is incorporated in the daily diet.16 Bitter melon is also used often in Okinawan cuisine. Bitter melon is cooked with spices and served with a side of slightly sweetened yogurt in Indian cooking. In other Asian dishes it's steamed, or used in soups or stir fries.
Bitter melon is a vegetable that Americans don't eat a lot of. Bitter melon is commonly stuffed, curried or pickled. It can also be used in stir-fry and soups, and may be steamed.
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1 Barren, Nanci. "Bitter Melon Is a Safe and Effective Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes." The Mail Archive. 22 Apr. 2008. <http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg03745.html>.
2 "Nepatica: How Bitter Melon Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels." Nepatica. 2 Nov. 2007. <http://nepatica.blogspot.com/2007/11/how-bitter-melon-can-lower-blood-sugar.html>.
3 "Bitter Melon and Diabetes - Effect on Blood Glucose Levels & Benefits." UK Diabetes Resource, Diabetes Symptoms, Diabetes Diet, Gestational Diabetes. Diabetes UK. <http://www.diabetes.co.uk/natural-therapies/bitter-melon.html>.
4 Evers, Ethan. "Bitter Melon Juice Potently Suppresses Pancreatic Cancer Growth with No Side Effects." NaturalNews. 21 Mar. 2013. <http://www.naturalnews.com/039583_bitter_melon_pancreatic_cancer_cytotoxicity.html>.
5 "Bitter Melon." Medical Information & Trusted Health Advice. Healthline. <http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/bitter-melon>.
9 National Bitter Melon Council. "Bitter Melon Quick Reference." Better Living through Bitter Melon. <http://bittermelon.org/learn/bittermelonquickreference>.
14 "What is Bitter Melon?" Answers for Common Questions. WiseGeek. <http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-bitter-melon.htm>.
15 Sahelian, Ray. "Bitter Melon Extract for Blood Sugar Management, Diabetes." Nutrition Expert and Best Selling Author. 12 Apr. 2014. <http://www.raysahelian.com/bittermelon.html>.
16 Anne, John. "Bitter Melon - Natural Remedies For Diabetes." EZine. 14 Mar. 2007. <http://ezinearticles.com/?bitter-melon-natural-remedies-for-diabetes&id=488230>.
17 "Bitter Melon." Recipes Wiki. <http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/ampalaya>.
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