Bitter Melon, commonly known as Bitter Gourd or Karela in Hindi may not be a favourite of one and all, but this wonder veggie offers incredible health benefits. Just ignore that slight bitter taste it may leave on your tongue, and relish the bountiful of antioxidants and nutrients, the Karela has to offer.
Bitter Gourd controls diabetes, boosts immune system and is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties.
Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd
1. Controls Diabetes
The presence of significant levels of charntin (peptides that resemble insulin) and alkaloids in Bitter Gourd function as a vital ingredient in managing diabetes. It tames down the sudden spike in blood sugar levels besides regulating metabolism. It acts as a potent hypoglycaemic agent and rich in soluble fiber, making it an ideal choice of vegetable for diabetics.
2. Blood Purifier
The strong antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of Bitter Gourd aids in purification of the blood, that helps in promoting skin health. Bitter gourd is also efficient in curing various skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
3. Boosts Immunity
Bitter Gourd is a powerhouse of antioxidants and it helps in fighting several infections in the body. These antioxidants scout the body for free radicals and other dangerous compounds released during metabolism and destroy them preventing from causing any illness.
Adding Bitter Gourd in your diet enhances your chances of fighting against various diseases, including heart disease, kidney damage and liver problem.
4. Improves Respiratory Health
Numerous studies prove that Bitter Gourd provides relief from respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and rhinitis. It’s anti-histamine, suppressant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and anti-viral properties make it a perfect booster for respiratory health.
5. Hemorrhoid Relief
The strong anti-inflammatory properties in Bitter Gourd make it a good lotion for the painful condition of piles. A paste made from the root of the Bitter Gourd plant can be applied externally to reduce the inflammation, relieve pain and bleeding. Further on, drinking Bitter Gourd juice provides instant relief from hemorrhoids.
6. Promotes Skin Health
Regular intake of Bitter Gourd helps in maintaining skin radiance and free from blemishes. The blood purifying properties of Bitter Gourd prevent acne and treats skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and other skin infections.
Tips to cook Bitter Gourd:
If you don’t like the super bitterness of the Bitter Gourd, cut into pieces, soak it in thick tamarind water. Cook further adding the same tamarind-soaked water for that bitter and tangy taste.