Bitter melon is a bitter variation of squash that is packed with a host of nutritious minerals and vitamins along with many exceptional chemicals that make it an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti fungal, antiviral, and anti parasitic. Sometimes referred to the as bitter gourd or bitter squash, it is commonly found in Africa and Asia. The squash tends to be dark or light green based on their regional location and can be eaten raw or cooked, although the bitter taste will be present either way. The long list of health benefits makes it worth cultivating a taste for this sour squash.
Bitter melon is best known for its hypoglycemic benefits. This means that it can help lower blood glucose levels in the body and in doing so help the body learn to regulate its hormone levels better. In fact, bitter melon extract contains chemicals that mimic the way natural hormones works in the body. There are hundreds of studies that prove that bitter melon can help reduce hormone resistance, reverse or prevent nephropathy, treat associated eye disorders like glaucoma or cataracts, and help prevent heart complications from diabetes.
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