Bitter Melon is properly named for its harsh taste. Many people give up on eating this fruit and settle for benefits in a bottle. The Bitter Melon has the ability to stimulate the pancreas and reduce blood sugar levels. Bitter Melon is very good for people who have diabetes in their family, or they have a life style risk of getting diabetes. Another benefit is reducing cholesterol levels and bringing a balance to triglycerides.
If a person is currently taking insulin, it is very important to use caution when taking Bitter Melon. The fruit can cause a steep decline in blood sugar. A person that is working with insulin will need to communicate with their doctor for further information.
This fruit also targets fat tissue and is good for weight loss. However, I still have further studies to complete before I can fully translate the benefit of this fruit for weight loss.
I discovered a company called Himalava, Pure Herbs at WholeFoods. The Bitter Melon pill contains 250mg Momordica charantia Linn. (Bitter Mellon) and 410mg of organic Bitter Melon stem powder. The directions state to take 1 pill after a meal, twice a day. The pills are not too large and easy to take. According to Web MD, there are no side effects from Bitter Melon with in three months. However, studies have not taken place longer then three months. It is a wise decision to rotate herbs and medications. Too much of a good thing, is Too Much! By rotating vitamins, minerals, and herbs during the season changes, you can avoid from putting a strain on your body and reduce the risk of build up.
From the National Bitter Melon Council at http://www.bittermelon.org
Bitter Melon, Gorgonzola and Cranberry Wrap
Bitter Melon (sliced)
Gorgonzola Cheese (crumbled)
Seed Bitter Melon and slice. Boil 2-3 minutes, drain and cool. Layer Bitter Melon slices, greens, cranberries, cheese, kiwi and walnuts on wrap. Drizzle with vinaigrette, and wrap.