This green, pimply, cucumber, looking green vegetable offers a wide range of potential health benefits ranging from diabetes control to immunological advantages. A study conducted by Saint Louis University in 2010 reported that bitter melon extracts stunted the growth of breast cancer cells and that the vegetable could someday be used as a chemo preventive agent against breast cancer. Studies suggest that it may modulate several signal transduction pathways, which induces breast cancer cell death,” said Ratna B. Ray, Ph.D., lead researcher and Department of Pathology professor at Saint Louis University. There are numerous evidenced-based articles touting the various health benefits of this funny looking, bitter tasting and often overlooked vegetable. A student in my class has included it in stir-fry recipes and soups. I would be interested in hearing about some recipes with bitter melon. Fresh Bitter melon can be found at Asian markets. It can also be found in dried form and can be made into a tea.
Some side effects may include stomach pain and diarrhea and unwarranted decreases in blood sugar and insulin levels. All comments here are suggestions and should never be considered to be medical advice. Any changes to your diet should be discussed with your physician