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 BITTER MELLON POWDER TEA (Mormodica charantia) -  2 OZ / 60 gr

 

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Ethnomedical Uses: In Brazilian herbal medicine, Melão de São Caetano (Bitter Melon) is used for tumors, wounds, rheumatism, malaria, vaginal discharge, inflammation, menstrual problems, diabetes, colic, fevers, worms. It is also used to induce abortions and as an aphrodisiac. It is prepared into a topical remedy for the skin to treat vaginitis, hemorrhoids, scabies, itchy rashes, eczema, leprosy and other skin problems.

Properties/Actions Documented by Research: Antimicrobial, hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol), hypoglycemic, abortive, contraceptive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, and cholesterol lowering vegetable. Bitter Melon have multiple health benefits, some known dating back into the 16th century.

The most notable pharmacologic contributions are as follows:

Antidiabetic - Bitter melon's hypoglyecemic ingredients has been shown in human studies. It works as a plant insulin, because improves blood sugar levels by increasing glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis in the liver, muscles, and fat cells. They also improve insulin release from pancreatic beta cells, and repair or promote new growth of insulin-secreting beta cells.

Bitter melon is effective on both type 1 (insulin dependant) and type 2 (maturity onset) diabetes. Certain compounds in bitter melon help lower and maintain proper levels of blood sugar in the body. Of particular benefit to type 2 diabetes, bitter melon also reduces a phenomenon known as insulin resistance by which diabetics cannot properly absorb and use insulin. Even beyond that, scientists studying the effects of bitter melon have discovered that it can actually increase the number of cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, thereby helping the body to naturally help itself.

Not only do components of the Bitter Melon plant act to lower blood sugar levels in diabetes, but they also have beneficial effects on conditions associated with this disease. These include prevention of the development of diabetes-related cataracts, a result that has been demonstrated in preliminary studies thus far in humans and mice. Reductions in diabetes-related nerve damage (neuropathy) and also stomach conditions (gastropathy) have been demonstrated in experimental rats fed Bitter Melon as well.(1)

Bitter melon is an excellent example of a natural substance that has numerous bioactive components that work together synergistically to produce health benefits that could not occur if the ingredients were isolated. (This is why consuming organic fruits and vegetables, especially if raw, is better for us than just drinking the juice, for example.) To date, about 32 different components of bitter melon have been identified that have various bioactive properties. Some are unique to bitter melon, but others that you probably recognize include lycopene, vitamins B and C, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, and iron.

Anti-obesity - Five compounds in bitter melon increase the activity of adenosine 5 monophosphate kinase (AMPK), an enzyme that facilitates cellular glucose uptake and fatty acid oxidation. This increased fatty acid oxidation eventually leads to weight loss.

Cholesterol - Lowering - Compounds in bitter melon improves lipid profiles. They reduce liver secretion of low-density "bad" cholesterol. It also lowers cellular triglyceride content.

Antiviral - activates natural killer cells, interferes with the ability of HIV viruses to divide and spread. It also increases the body's production of interferon-gamma, a natural substance that fights all types of viruses.

Antibacterial - Bioactive compounds are effective against E.coli, aureus, Salmonella, Streptobaccilus and other bacterias. Anticarcinogenic- Effective against liver, skin, and human leukemia

Nutritional Benefits - Bitter Melon is very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.

Cautions: Bitter melon may potentiate insulin, anti-diabetic and cholesterol-lowering drugs. Also has abortive and contraceptive effects.
Bitter Melon should never be taken in combination with insulin.

How to use/ Preparation: 1 cup of tea (infusion or decoction) is taken one or two times daily, or 1-3 ml of a 4 by 1 tincture is taken twice daily.
 


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