Latin Name: Momordica charantia L.
Part of the Plant Used: Fruit
Amino acids & Vitamins
20% Total Saponins /25:1
Different specs of Bitter Melon Extracts available
Diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome are becoming epidemic both in developed and developing countries in recent years. Complementary and alternative medicines have been used since ancient era for the treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Bitter melon is widely used as vegetables in daily food in Bangladesh and several other countries in Asia. The fruits extract of bitter melon showed strong antioxidant and hypoglycemic activities in experimental condition both in vivo and in vitro. Recent scientific evaluation of this plant extracts also showed potential therapeutic benefit in diabetes and obesity related metabolic dysfunction in experimental animals and clinical studies. These beneficial effects are mediated probably by inducing lipid and fat metabolizing gene expression and increasing the function of AMPK and PPARs, and so forth. This review will thus focus on the recent findings on beneficial effect of Momordica charantia extracts on metabolic syndrome and discuss its potential mechanism of actions.
The plant Momordica charantia belongs to the family of cucuritaceae and is commonly known as bitter melon. The young tender fruit is edible. Because of the taste it acquires the fame painstakingly. It is native to tropical parts of Asia, and widely distributed in the subtropics, the tropics and the warm temperate zone. The bitter melon is rich in Vitamin B, C, the calcium, the iron and so on. Li Shi Zhen, the medical scientist in China's Ming Dynasty, said that the bitter melon had the effect of" eliminating the evil heat, alleviating fatigue, purifying the mind, clearing the vision, tonifying qi and fortifying yang ". According to the modern research discovery, it can lower blood sugar obviously. It has certain curative effect to diabetes. It has certain effects to viral diseases and cancer.
1. The bitter melon, containing the balsam pear multi-peptide class material, can lower blood sugar fast, prevent and improve diabetes' complication, regulate blood fats, and reinforce immunity.
2. Bitter melon 's Vitamin C content is very high. It has functions of preventing scurvy, protecting cell membrane and so on. It can prevent atherosclerosis, sharpen organism stress, and protect the heart.
3. The effective component in the bitter melon may suppress normal cell's cancer and the promotion sudden change cell's restoration, has certain antitumoral effect.
4. Elaterin in the bitter melon's is honored as "the fat murderer", which can ingest the fat and lower the polysaccharide.
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