Bitter Gourd

(Momordica charantia)


Benefits of eating Bitter Gourd

  1. Controls diabetes:
    Studies suggest that regular use of bitter gourd helps those suffering from diabetes as it has the ability to lower blood sugar levels. The credit for this goes to three insulin-like active components present in bitter gourd. The gourd not only enhances the cells uptake of glucose and promotes the release of insulin; but also enhances the effect of insulin.
  2. Detoxifies the blood:
    The juice of a bitter gourd is routinely prescribed in ayurveda to cleanse the system and cure disorders of the blood. It also helps in rejuvenating the liver.
  3. Helps clear the skin:
    The blood purifying properties of the vegetable also helps keep the skin free of blemishes like acne and pimples. In ayurveda, bitter gourd is also used for treating eczema, skin infections and psoriasis.
  4. Improves digestion:
    Bitter gourd stimulates digestion; the high fibre content prevents constipation, thus keeping the system functioning at optimum.
  5. Eases piles:
    Drinking bitter gourd juice with butter milk every morning helps those suffering from piles.



The gourd gets its name because of its extremely bitter taste. However, it offers unparalleled health benefits. Bitter gourd has a special status in folk medicine due and is used to treat malaria, fevers, wounds, diabetes, vaginal discharge, worm infection and menstrual disorders. The vegetable is a nutritional storehouse.

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