Bitter Melon is a great veggie with many healing qualities and the leaves have healing abilities too. Bitter Melon grows in the Caribbean, India, China, and Africa and has also goes by the name bitter gourd. The leaves and stems of the plant can be found in Chinese Markets dried and ready to used for making tea… and this tea has many health benefits.
Bitter Melon Leaf Tea lowers blood glucose dramatically and has been used for centuries in Chinese Medicine for this purpose. In type 1 diabetes the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to move sugar into the muscles for use, and insulin stops the production of sugar by the liver.
Bitter Melon Leaf Tea helps the pancreas increase insulin production and thus lowers blood sugar naturally and also helps slow the production of sugar by the liver. There have been many studies on Bitter Melon Leaf Tea showing that it contains a protein similar to insulin… and thus does the work of insulin.
Also studies show that Bitter Melon Leaf Tea (and eating fresh bitter melon leaves) can help with Type II diabetes by turning around insulin resistance… thus lowering blood sugar levels and without using any kind of man made drug. And some people feel that type II diabetes can be prevented by eating bitter melon leaves or drinking the tea.
Also Bitter Melon Leaf Tea can lower blood pressure… and lower cholesterol and triglycerides too. Thus helping with all the lipids in the body… and when on a high fat diet there are changes in the brain that might cause problems later in life. Studies show that mice on a high fat diet taking Bitter Melon did not have the nerve and brain inflammation changes associated with a high fat diet… and thus it might be of benefit in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
The liver is also protected from damage by ingesting Bitter Melon Leaf Tea or Fresh Bitter Melon Leaves. Bitter Melon Leaf Tea is a good anti-viral agent, antibacterial agent, and anti-tumor agent… and has some promise in the treatment of HIV. And there have been many studies showing that it may fight cancer too… especially colon and prostate cancer.
Bitter Melon Leaf Tea contains insulin like proteins, B Complex Vitamins for immune support, and A and C vitamins for immunity, plus lots of iron and copper for anemia, zinc for boosting the immune system, potassium for cardiovascular health and water regulation.
And it also contains lots of calcium that’s important for strong bones, and phosphorus for hormone regulation and the production of proteins in the body, magnesium for regulating blood sugar, and beta carotene which is a powerful antioxidant helping to prevent disease. It also contains more potassium than found in bananas, more calcium than found in spinach, and more beta carotene than found in broccoli. And Bitter Melon Leaf Tea and the Fresh Leaves are full of powerful antioxidants that important for preventing cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer.
Bitter Melon Leaves can be used for treating and shrinking down hemorrhoids very effectively… and can also prevent fevers and coughs due to colds and flues. The tea can also be used topically for eczema, rashes, sores, and other skin wounds. And Bitter Melon Tea is alkalizing thus helping with inflammation, aches, pains, and preventing disease in general… and it also has been used for the treatment of asthma.
Bitter Melon Leaves can be added to soups, stews, and even to stir fries and other dishes, they are some what bitter in flavor… so sweet veggies and sauces are usually used to offset the bitterness. And Bitter Melon Leaves have been used in the brewing of beer.
You can buy Bitter Melon Leaf Tea on-line or at your local Asian Market.
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