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What Are the Benefits of Bitter Melon Tea?

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What Are the Benefits of Bitter Melon Tea?
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Overview

Bitter melon, also referred to as bitter gourd, is scientifically named Momordica charantia; it is a part of the squash family. During harvest bitter melon fruit is green or yellow in color, but as it ripens it turns yellow-orange in color. Bitter melon tea is produced using the leaves, fibrous seeds and fruit of the bitter melon plant. Bitter melon tea is commonly used to maintain normal glucose oxidation in people with diabetes. As with all herbal remedies, bitter melon tea should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

Lower Levels of Harmful Blood Fats

The bitter melon fruit has been shown to be effective in lowering triglyceride and low-density lipoprotein levels and significantly increasing high-density lipoprotein levels, according to research conducted by the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Botswana.

Antioxidant Benefits

Bitter melon tea contains flavonoids, vitamins and antioxidants that protect the body from disease-causing free radical damage that destroys healthy cellular production. According to the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, phytochemicals, carotenoids and flavonoids reduce oxidative stress within the body.

Decrease Cancer Cells

According to studies conducted by researcher Ratna B. Ray, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pathology at Saint Louis University, bitter melon extract may inhibit cancer cell growth in breast cancer patients. In an article in the journal Cancer Research Dr. Ray says, “Our findings suggest that bitter melon extract modulates several signal transduction pathways, which induces breast cancer cell death.”

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