Karela (Bitter Gourd)
The nutritional value of this vegetable includes protein, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, folate, vitamins A, C and several B vitamins.
It also contains a good amount of dietary fiber and is low in calories. It also has linolenic acid (an essential, omega-6 fatty acid) and oleic acid (an unsaturated fat). It is also proven that karela (bitter gourd) has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibiotic, anti-allergenic, antiviral, antiparasitic, and expectorant qualities.
For these reasons and more, karela (bitter gourd) is a staple among a number of cultural cuisines across the world.
Health Benefits of Karela:1.Controls Diabetes: karela (Bitter gourd) helps control diabetes due to its blood glucose- lowering effect. It has three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including charantin, vicine and polypeptide-p. It helps increase pancreatic insulin secretion and prevents insulin resistance, making it beneficial for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics.
2.Blood Disorders and Jaundice: karela (Bitter gourd) purifies blood and also cures many blood disorders like blood boils and itching due to blood poisoning. It contains beneficial properties that cleanse the blood from toxins. Also helpful in ridding jaundice for the same reasons.
3.Purifies Blood: karela (Bitter gourd) also works as a natural blood purifier. Impure blood can cause symptoms like constant headaches, allergies, fatigue and weakened immunity. It helps in cleansing or detoxifying impurities in the blood. This helps in the treatment of blood disorders like blood boils and itching due to toxemia. It even imparts a “glowing” effect on the skin and keeps the skin free from problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema.
4.Cancer Prevention: The antioxidants present in bitter melon may help to seek out and destroy free radicals that can cause diseases (including numerous forms of cancer), karela (Bitter gourd) has been widely studied as an anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic agent all by itself, along with its natural boost to antioxidant numbers in the body.
5.Fungal Infections: The antifungal and antibacterial qualities of bitter melon make it ideal for fighting off various fungal infections, and also helping to rid the bloodstream of those toxins before they can do any more damage.
6.Arthritis: karela (Bitter gourd) juice is liver cleansing. It helps clean up a toxic blood, improves blood circulation and relieves arthritic pain.
7.Piles: Suffering from piles then takes fresh juice of karela (bitter gourd). Although piles are not a serious, life threatening disease, it is still something you can’t ignore because of the pain it causes. The leaves of Karela regulate the bowel movement and treats piles naturally.
8.Boosts Immunity: Regular intake of karela (bitter gourd) can also help reinforce your immune system and improve the body’s ability to fight disease. Its antioxidant property works as a powerful defense mechanism against illness.
9.Kills Intestinal Worms: karela (Bitter gourd) contains anthelmintic compounds that help kill intestinal worms in the body. It even helps get rid of the toxins that these parasites leave behind as they die.
10.Alcohol Addiction: Karela (bitter gourd) juice is beneficial in the treatment of a hangover for its alcohol intoxication properties. It also helps cleanse and repair and nourish liver problems due to alcohol consumption against infection.
11.Infections: Karela (bitter gourd) used to treat cholera in early stages. It prevents bacteria that cause malaria/cholera from growing. It also weakens some kind of viruses like measles, chickenpox, herpes and also deadly diseases like HIV. It slows down the growth of the bacteria and kills it when it gets weak.
12.Eye problems: The high beta-carotene and other properties in bitter gourd make it one of the finest vegetable-fruit that help alleviate eye problems and improving eyesight.
13.Skin Diseases: Regular consumption of this bitter juice has also been known to improve psoriasis condition and other fungal infections like ring-worm and athletes feet.
14.Other Benefits: Provides antioxidants, Relieves asthma, Soothes skin, Digestion, Weight loss, Promotes healing of injuries and wounds, Relieves constipation.