Known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its cooling properties to relieve summer heat,
internal heat, reduce inflammation, nourish the blood and promote Qi circulation; bitter
melon is a great food to eat in the Tropics where we experience year round summer heat.
In Ayurveda and TCM it is used to help control blood sugar levels in diabetes type-2.
Recent research suggests that steroidal saponins, insulin-like peptides, alkaloids and
charntin are the active components involved. Aligned with this, is its ability to inhibit the
growth of cancer cells.
Like many bitter foods it stimulates the liver to produce bile, enhancing digestion and helps
purify the blood. Rich in vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 and health-benefiting flavanoids alpha and
betacarotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, it is a worthy addition to your weekly diet.