Bitter melon is widely known as Goya but you can often find it refereed as Bitter Gourd, Karela or Balsam Pear. The numerous benefits that this plant offers for your health make it really miraculous. Although, its bitter taste might turn some people away from it, in-fact, it can really sweeten your health by virtue of its disease preventing and health promoting phyto chemical compounds.
Goya is similar to cucumber with the difference that it has ugly ground-like bumps all over it. It is a temperate/tropical vegetable probably originated in South-East Asia, but can be also found in South America.
For the purposes of a research Dr. Frank Shallenberger M.D., who specializes in Anti Aging Treatment and Alternative Medicine at The Nevada Center of Alternative & Anti-Aging Medicine recommended to his patients to consume Goya in order to fight the pancreatic cancer. He always preferred natural cures rather than traditional medicine and believed that they can inhibit cancer cell growth. He came to conclusion that this bitter melon is the best natural cure for that.
According to Dr. Shallenberger the best way to consume this plant to fight cancer is to dilute bitter melon juice to 5% in water. He claims that if it`s consumed like this the plant can damage cancer cells (pancreatic cancer) to 90% or 98 %. This effect of bitter melon has been also tasted by the University of Colorado and they after that announced that it can really reduce the size of pancreatic tumors up to 64%.
The anti-cancer effect is one of benefit the bitter melon has. Besides being used to fight cancer it is also used as remedy for many other diseases such as asthma, skin infections, stomach problems, high blood pressure and diabetes. It is used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world including China, India, Africa, and the southeastern US.
Bitter melon is full of nutrients and vitamins. It is a source of B1, B2, B3 and C vitamins, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, fiber, iron , beta-carotene of broccoli, calcium and potassium. The only problem is that for its bitter taste many people do not consume it. But we hope that after you read all beneficial nutrients it has, you will be motivated enough to consume it despite its bitter taste.
The following are the benefits for tour health that you can get from bitter melon: