Bitter melon is a sour variation of squash that is packed with a host of nutritional minerals and vitamins along with many exceptional chemicals that make it an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic. Sometimes referred to the as bitter gourd or bitter squash, it is commonly found in Africa and Asia. The squash tends to be dark or light green based on their regional location and can be eaten raw or cooked, although the bitter taste will be present either way. The long list of health benefits makes it worth cultivating a taste for this sour squash.
1. Can Help Control Diabetes
Bitter melon is best known for its hypoglycemic benefits. This means that it can help lower blood glucose levels in the body and in doing so help the body learn to regulate its insulin better. In fact, bitter melon extract contains chemicals that mimic the way natural insulin works in the body. There are hundreds of studies that prove that bitter melon can help reduce insulin resistance, reverse or prevent nephropathy, treat associated eye disorders like glaucoma or cataracts, and help prevent heart complications from diabetes.