Bitter gourd lowers the blood sugar and glucose levels in the body.it is very low in calories. While many people consider it an herb or vegetable, bitter melons are technically fruits because they contain seeds (the name “melon” makes this easy to remember). Vicine, charantin, and polypeptide-P are present in bitter melon are responsible for its anti-diabetic properties. Two cell lines were tested to determine if treatment with bitter melon juice increased apoptotic cell death compared with untreated cells. The taste is bitter. The wide usage of bitter melon as anti-diabetes drug by various tribes in the world of course for strong reasons. Himalaya Pure Herbs Bitter Melon supports the pancreas’ efforts in maintaining normal blood sugar levels.
In desperation, after several days of frightemimgly high blood sugar levels, my husband took Bitter Melon before bed. There are multiple therapies, drugs and treatments, but the side effects can be devastating. It is the edible part of the plant Momordica Charantia, which is a vine of the Cucurbitaceae family and is considered the most bitter among all fruits and vegetables. Despite an ever-growing mass of peer-reviewed research studies and ongoing clinical trials on natural remedies, the public remains under-informed (if not misinformed) about non-toxic, low cost treatments which may be able to treat cancer. Bitter melon extracts and tinctures can be found at some health food stores. You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. A trellis, bamboo poles, or wooden stakes should be inserted in the soil close to where the seeds are planted, allowing the vines to climb up.
It’s great that you are so in charge of your health, and it’s great that you don’t use pharmaceuticals. Medical research has proven that diabetics have low level of testosterone. Also, the correct dosage hasn’t been established yet, therefore bitter melon cannot be considered as a replacement therapy for insulin or hypoglycemic drugs. Sorry, I don’t recall details. Bitter melon does contain alkaloid substances like quinine and morodicine, which are sometimes not tolerated well by some people. but he takes drugs for that+some herbs like gymnea sylvestris and cinnamon (I would have to ask if more). Reviews are not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical care or the advice of a physician or another medical professional.
Bitter melon is classified as “possibly safe” when used short term. I have seen only 60mg tabs and they don’t work. Folate protects against fetal neural-tube defects such as spina bifida. A small amount is stored as a starch called glycogen in our body, but the majority is stored as our main energy supply — fat. Do not consume bitter gourd in large quantities, since the seeds contain toxic compounds. The diabetes need not progress as you are controlling it nicely. Bitter gourd Powder (Dried along with seed) + Dry Jambul fruit powder + Dry Amla powder mixed in water should be taken on empty stomach and tends to release insulin by increasing beta cells in the body.
The food is digested and the waste is thrown out of the body which helps in curing indigestion and constipation problems. I get my bitter melon at a local vitamin shop. For a while, I had a hard time getting a steady supply, but in the past few years things have stabilized a bit, and now it doesn’t seem to be a problem to acquire it. The capsules I get are 450mg each, and I take (depending on need) around 32 a day (14.4 grams for those with lousy math skills like me.) I take this in conjunction with konjac root (a fibrous root) and other supplements, though these two are the key ones for me. With this regimen and a low-carb diet (30-40 grams of carbs as opposed to the FDA recommended 300 grams) I routinely maintain blood sugar levels of under 100, with post-meal spikes not higher than 120. Interestingly, though I’ve had quite a bit of interest over this at the various places I’ve posed this question, I’ve yet to find anyone that is doing the same thing. Guess I’ll just have to keep feeling my way through it all…….
One of the best recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes is to eat a high-fiber, low net-carb diet. I have found that when A diabetic cuts out grain they do much better. Recently it is found that diabetics cannot tolerate gluten. Paul wrote: I’ve yet to find anyone that is doing the same thing. Murthy wrote: In India, many use this commonly available vegetable (Yes, in India it is uses as a vegetable too) for diabetes and get benefitted by it. It is used as contraception and can induce abortions. I have found that when A diabetic cuts out grain they do much better.
Recently it is found that diabetics cannot tolerate gluten. That is certainly true in my case. Wheat especially, but pretty much any grain causes me problems. I have also cut out all potatoes as well. Leafy greens are really great, I can eat a big old salad and my blood glucose barely budges. A favorite of mine had always been cookies. Hadn’t had any in years, then came across hazelnut meal, and now I make cookies out of hazelnut meal, eggs, lohan/stevia and of course flavorings (peanut butter is my favorite!) which I can eat in moderation without having any effect whatsoever on my blood sugar – though it is has brought my pH up nicely (I used to be way acidic.) To be sure, it is an acquired taste, but as long as you are not looking for sickeningly sweet, it can produce a fairly palatable cookie.
I usually put diabetic patients on alkaline water to bring their pH from acidic to alkaline, at least 8 oz of clear water for every 40 lbs of weight. 6 to 8 glasses of water a day between meals to clean the body of all waste toxins. http://www.alwaysyoungplus.com/a.html http://www.alwaysyoungplus.com/Alkalizing.html Eat alkaline foods first at your meal to get the digestive process working best. I agree low fat unsweetened yogurt is excellent for men in the morning as it increases their serotonin (A molecule of happiness) levels. I grind 3 tablespoons flax seed in a coffee grinder each day to add to food. It supplies good essential fatty acids to the diet to produce hormones and lovely skin. Also a good combination is 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds and 1 tablespoon sesamee seeds.
Grind them in the coffee grinder and add to food. Avoid all animal fat and margarine. I do not like sweet taste – lucky me I guess- but I know many people with sweet tooth that shouldn’t have it. (diabetics or just overweight) Will happily give them that info. My father was a diabetic and I saw him using bitter melon regularly. I was a little cynical about the benefits at that time ( in the early 90’s) and never monitored his progress seriously. 10 years after my father passed away, I met a biologist and she told me that there were serious scientific studies and clinical research conducted on bitter melon and a few other natural products and they were proven beneficial for certain medical conditions including diabetes and high cholesterol.
I know a group in Toronto and they have recently come up with a chocolate bar( approved by health Canada as a nhp that contains bitter melon and Cinnamon. They claim this is the perfect snack for people with type II diabetes and high cholesterol. Please let me know if you are interested to get introduced to this group of people. ( Currently they are conducting a clinical study of their product at University of Guelph). Simon, and Jack E. I then went to Salacia O and this stabilised things but still couldn’t get my fasting blood sugar below 6.2 (112) Then came the breakthough. 4-6 cups of green tea a day and in a week my blood sugar fell drastically.
I am still on the low GI Low Carb diet but do eat a bit of chocolate a day – am not quite as particular, I am still doing the Cinnamon and Chromium and the Salacia. My fasting blood sugar this morning was 4.9(88) which it often is now. I am not over weight and I exercise daily. I do suffer from the Somogyi effect which means if my blood sugar drops during the night my liver converts the glycogen to glucose and dumps it in my blood so that sometimes my blood sugar in the morning is more than it was before bed. If I think I am hungry before bed now I snack on nuts or cheese and usually stops this effect. I would love if some of you tried the green tea nand see if it works for you or is just specific for me. Remember it only took a week for my levels to plumet.
I have never had fasting blood sugars less than 5.5 even before the diabetes (hereditary) actully reared its ugly face!! Am off to Rome next week- no pizza, pasta or gnocchi for me but really I am not that bothered!!! I eat loads of protein, salads, veg and my carbs are found in fruit and oat cakes, rye bread. It is a bit like an Atkins diet but not as strict. Some people have developed a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis while taking metformin. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of lactic acidosis: weakness, increasing sleepiness, slow heart rate, cold feeling, muscle pain, shortness of breath/ stomach pain, feeling light-headed, and fainting.