Bitter gourd is a rich source of iron, potassium, beta-carotene, and calcium. It also contains vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin C, and folate and minerals like zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium.
Bitter Gourd juice benefits and uses:
It has been used as a medicine in traditional medicine systems of Asia and Africa. It is particularly used to treat stomach issues in the folk medicine of Turkey.
Bitter gourd juice has the ability to remove toxins from the body and is beneficial in treating jaundice, cholera, and gout. Boils and itching, conditions that arise due to blood disorders, can be relieved by regular intake of bitter gourd juice.
It can also treat fungal infections of the skin such as ringworm and athlete’s foot. It treats psoriasis as well.
Consumption of bitter gourd juice improves immunity and helps in respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, pharyngitis, and asthma.
It may also reduce the ill effects of a hangover.
Due to its beta-carotene content, bitter gourd benefits include improving vision and treating eye problems.
Daily intake of bitter gourd juice improves stamina and is helpful in treating piles.
Bitter Gourd Juice in Controlling Diabetes
Bitter gourd juice helps control blood sugar levels after meals by inhibiting the enzymes that break down carbohydrates. Thus, less glucose is released in the bloodstream thereby helping control diabetes.
In Type I diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes:
Problem: The pancreas does not function effectively to produce sufficient insulin.
Solution: Bitter gourd juice has been reported to increase the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. In addition, a substance called polypeptide P, which is similar to insulin, is also found in bitter gourd.
In Type II diabetes, or insulin-resistant diabetes:
Problem: The muscles, fat tissues, and liver do not react to insulin secreted by the pancreas.
Solution: Consuming bitter gourd juice prevents or reverses insulin resistance within the body.