Health benefits of Bitter Gourd
Bitter gourd, as the name implies, this vegetable is bitter. There are two varieties of this vegetable: One is oblong and which is pale green in color,The other is small variety, which is small and is oval in shape and has a darker green color. Bitter gourd can really sweeten your health because of its disease preventing and health promoting phyto chemical compounds. The vegetable-fruit turn reddish-orange when its ripe and becomes even more bitter. Though they taste very bitter, they are filled with many beneficial antioxidants and essential vitamins. Bitter gourd thrives in hot and humid climates, so are commonly found in Asian countries and South America.
Bitter gourd juice is good for treating blood disorders like blood boils, scabies, itching, psoriasis, ring-worm and other fungal diseases and itching due to toxemia. Mix 2 ounces of fresh bitter gourd juice with some lime juice, have it on an empty stomach daily. The vegetable is very low in calories, providing just 17 calories per 100g. Its rich in phytonutrients like dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. The free radicals in it are also useful for anti ageing. Bitter gourd lowers blood glucose as it contains a chemical called Charantin which reduces high blood glucose levels so it is good for those who have Diabetic. Bitter gourd influences glucose metabolism all over the body. It purifies blood because of its blood-purifying properties and also cures many blood disorders.
The high beta-carotene and other properties in bitter gourd makes it one of the finest vegetable-fruit that helps alleviate eye problems and improves eyesight.In addition, the vegetable is an also good source of niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium. Its good for a natural looking shiny hair, you can mix a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice with yoghurt and apply on your hair. Wash off after sometime. This will make your hair shiny and beautiful. Bitter Gourd juice in the morning can help to strengthen your immune system and increase your body’s fighting power against infection. Those who wish to lose weight can add Bitter Gourd in their diet as it stimulates liver for excretion of bile juices that are very essential for metabolism of fats.