One of the most beneficial fruits on the planet is bitter melon and it has potent medicinal properties that are used and valued in the East for centuries.

This fruit was used for treating different health problems such as malaria, high blood pressure, fever, skin infections, stomach cramps, painful menstruation, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, kidney stones, glaucoma, colic and high cholesterol levels.

It contains a lot of acids, proteins, peptides, charantin, momorcharins, alkaloids, momordine, glycoside, cucurbitins and cucurbitacins.

People think that the main components that are responsible for the hypoglycemic properties are oleanolic acids, charantin, cucurbutanoids and momordicin.

There were some recent studies that discovered that bitter melons have powerful anticancer and hypoglycaemic properties.

One research that was conducted at the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica and Garvan Institute of Medical

Research discovered that this amazing fruit can treat type 2 diabetes.

It has unique chemical compounds that activate AMPK that stimulates the movement of glucose transporter to the surface of the cells.

“Big amount of transporters on the surface of the cells can raise the glucose uptake from blood circulation in the tissues of the body, including muscle and this can decrease the blood sugar levels.”

The findings of the researchers were published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology saying that “This fruit had a modest hypoglycemic effect and significantly decreased the fructosamine levels from the baseline in patients who had type-2 diabetes and took 2,000 mg/day.

Also, the hypoglycemic effect of this fruit was actually less than metformin at 1,000 mg/day.”

Additionally, one recent study that was conducted at the Saint Louis University scientists discovered that extract from bitter melon can trigger different events on a cellular level that prevent the duplication of breast cancer cells and at the same time it kills them.

In the study it was said that “extract from bitter melon modulates certain signal transduction pathways that induces death of breast cancer. You can use the extract like a dietary supplement for the breast cancer prevention.”

This amazing fruit can be consumed raw. You can add it in smoothies, or you can make a juice. Additionally you can use a bitter melon extract that can be purchased like an herbal supplement in many healthy food stores.