bitter melon


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bitter melon

n.
1. A tropical annual vine (Momordica charantia) native to Asia, having yellow flowers and orange, warty fruits that open at maturity to expose red-coated seeds. Various parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine or for food.
2. The immature green fruit of this plant, eaten as a vegetable. In both senses also called bitter gourd.

bitter melon

The fruit of a Chinese vine related to cucumbers, administered in tea, capsules or retention enemas, which allegedly “purifies” blood, prevents viral infections and has antiretroviral activity. It has been used for managing diabetes, gastrointestinal complaints and cancer.

bit·ter mel·on

(bit'ĕr mel'ŏn)
Momordica charantia, tropical fruit that is typically consumed as a juice, although sometimes eaten. Limited studies suggest use in Type 2 diabetes; also purportedly of value as an antiinfective.
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Emulsifying and foaming properties of Cucurbitaceae seed protein isolates have been studied in bitter melon (Momordica charantia) seed protein isolate [18] and in watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) seed protein isolate [19].
Second, if the cancer patient is having issues with low blood sugar, please note that bitter melon juice will lower blood sugar further.
Thus, the various forms of bitter melon consumed, when it is not recognized, pose risk in terms of unproven efficacy against the claimed effect since available trial does not provide definitive findings.
Additives promote adventitious buds induction from anther culture of Bitter melon (Momordica charantia L.).
Ray found that bitter melon extract, a vegetable commonly used in Indian and Chinese diets, reduces the head and neck cancer cell growth in the animal model.
A recent study conducted by the University of Colorado Cancer Center reveals that the juice from bitter gourd, also known as bitter melon, restricts pancreatic cancer cells from metabolising glucose, by cutting the cells' energy source and killing them.
And that's not to mention frog legs Typhoon Bay style, in wine, with salted egg yolk or with bitter melon (an acquired taste).
Botanicals that benefit people with metabolic syndrome include green tea (or green tea extract), curcumin, cinnamon, garlic, fenugreek, ginseng, bitter melon, and bilberry.
Summary: Copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr) nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn) and zinc (Zn) contents of various vegetables (bitter melon, tomato, eggplant, lettuce, cucumber and bell pepper) produced in Rawalpindi, Pakistan was determined using Atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS).
Yilouhe Chinese Green Herbal Tea is a mix of natural ingredients such as fenugreek, bitter melon and bee glue.
Herb known as "bitter melon" or "karela" is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family and commonly grows in India, China, Africa and some regions of the USA.
The bitter gourd is known by a number of names including the balsam pear or bitter melon. In Urdu, it is known as Karela.