Bitter gourd is a species of cucurbit of tropical origin and is often consumed as a tea. According to some research, this plant can cure cancer and diabetes and possesses properties that can help prevent and fight many different health problems. This tea is popular in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and consuming it regularly lowers blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, to the point that studies are referring to it as “vegetable insulin.”
Why does bitter gourd tea stop diabetes?
Bitter gourd tea is recommended for treating and preventing blood sugar imbalances, like those associated with diabetes. Its high antioxidant content reduces blood sugar levels, making it perfect for suffers of type II diabetes.
Researchers have found that bitter gourd improves metabolic problems through its effect on glucose metabolism.
How does bitter gourd tea help fight cancer?
After conducting many studies on the anti-cancer properties of bitter gourd tea, it was found that this vegetable possesses anti-cancer benefits that inhibit the growth of breast and other types of cancer cells. According to the study published by the magazine “Cancer Research”, scientists discovered that bitter gourd extract has the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells thanks to its high antioxidant content that helps protect the cells of the body and reduce the damage caused by free radicals, poor nutrition, environmental toxins, and cigarette smoke, to name a few.
Another study conducted by the University of Colorado administered doses of bitter gourd extract to rats with cancer and it produced a 64% reduction in the size of pancreatic tumors without any side effects. In conclusion, the high antioxidant content increases immune system activity.
Side effects of bitter gourd tea
Bitter gourd tea is not recommended for pregnant women as some of its components can cause miscarriages.
Consuming bitter gourd tea over a long period of time increases your risk of developing inflammation of the liver. Even though the tea isn’t harmful to liver tissue, it raises levels of liver enzymes that can cause health problems like arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
Other less serious side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach ulcers. This tea can be toxic to children and should only be administered under a physician’s supervision.
Frequently consuming bitter gourd tea can also cause irregular heartbeats, headaches, decreased fertility, muscle weakness and urinary incontinence.
How do I make bitter gourd tea?
Bitter gourd tea can be found commercially as a powder or extract. To make the tea, you should boil a liter of water and add one or two tablespoons of powder. Let sit for 6 to 10 minutes and drink. It’s also found in capsule form.
Other benefits of bitter gourd
- Bitter gourd is a rich source of antioxidants like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. It also contains a good amount of vitamin A that, along with the other antioxidants it contains, protects the body from free radicals and prevents premature aging and other illnesses.
- Drinking bitter gourd tea promotes the health of the digestive system by stimulating digestion and peristalsis to move food through the body to be finally expelled as waste. It’s also good for constipation and indigestion.
- In India, it’s a popular treatment for fighting infections and skin problems, including cold sores.