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There is a type of melon, common in other parts of the world, but not well known in America, that has been shown in several studies to kill pancreatic cancer cells, reverse diabetes, and help with other illnesses and diseases. Which melon has such amazing properties? Bitter melon.
Bitter melon is a fruit that grows freely throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. It’s been used traditionally to treat fever, burns, skin problems, menstruation problems, colic, and chronic cough. This fruit has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese medicine with no reported or known side effects or problems.
Bitter melon (momordica charantia) goes by several other names: bitter squash, bitter gourd, balsam apple, balsam pear, goya in Japan, ampalaya in the Philippines, and karavel in India. It’s a perennial vine that grows easily in hot, humid climates and has a long, cucumber shaped fruit that has a wrinkled skin that does not look at all appetizing, As the name implies, it’s quite bitter. The flesh is crunch and watery, something like a cucumber or chayote. This is one of the few fruits you will see people eating green as once it turns yellow, it only becomes more bitter the more ripe it becomes. Even the young leaves and shoots from the vine are often used as vegetables in some countries. Most countries put bitter melon in soups or stews or cooked in coconut milk to help hide its bitter flavor.
In Japan, it’s used in place of hops as a bittering agent for beer. It plays an important part in the cuisine of Okinawa and it’s often said that regular consumption of this melon is the reason why most Okinawans live longer than the rest of the Japanese people.
Bitter melon does have an impressive history of medicinal use. It contains anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory compounds, which makes it perfect for treating ringworm, gout pain, measles, and skin problems like psoriasis.
However, more importantly than its traditional uses is the exciting research that shows that bitter melon juice can stop diabetes and kill cancer cells in the pancreas. Take a look at what the studies show for both diabetes and pancreatic cancer.
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