A Fighter Against Cancer-Health Is Hidden In Its Bitterness

The active ingredients of bitter melon trigger mechanisms that cause starving and destruction of cancer cells.

Bitter melon or karela,( the Latin name is Momordica charantia), is one of the plants whose legendary popularity has been justified by scientific research.

This plant belongs to the family of tropical and subtropical vine and grows mainly in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Originally, the plant originates from India, and in the 14th century it was transferred to China, from where it began to spread to other parts of the world.

It is best known for its fruit, which is considered one of the bitterest fruits in the world.

The fruit of the bitter melon is hollow in cross-section, with a relatively thin layer of flesh, which surrounds its large and flat seeds placed in the middle of the fruit.

This strange plant has been used for centuries in the Asian and African herbal medicine for a variety of health benefits.

In the western medicine, the bitter melon has arrived quite recently.

But it has immediately attracted scientific interest due to the number of positive effects on human health, especially because of its effects on malignant diseases.

A killer of cancer cells

Numerous surveys have established that the active ingredients of its juice interfere with glucose metabolism in cancer cells and starve them, depriving them from the necessary sugar.

Scientists at the University in St. Louis have found a beneficial effect of the flesh of the bitter melon on the destruction of breast cancer and on the prevention of their multiplication.

A study conducted by researchers at the Center for Cancer Research, at the University of Colorado, has confirmed that the juice of bitter melon affects the reduction of the growth of pancreatic tumors.

In this study, conducted on rodents, the juice of bitter melon was used.

The juice was used in two ways: directly on the cells or by being frozen and pulverized into a fine powder, which was later used for feeding rodents.

According to the results of the study, after 72 hours of testing, the number of tumor cells was reduced by 90% -- 98% in rodents which consumed bitter melon juice diluted in water. Experts believe that this effect is fantastic.

In rodents fed frozen juice powder, there was a 64 percent reduction in tumor cells, which is much better than the effect of chemotherapy.

In addition, the juice of bitter melon may not cause harmful side effects for which chemotherapy is notorious.

Except for pancreatic cancer and breast cancer, it was found that bitter melon juice helps with prostate cancer, liver, colon and respiratory organs.

The juice prevents the spread of leukemia and neuroblastoma -- neuroendocrine tumor -- and boosts immune cell function in people with cancer.

Its curative effect scientists attribute to glycoprotein lectin, which this bitter foods contain in large quantities.

It is similar in activity to diabetes, for lowering glucose concentration in blood and acts as an immunomodulator.

Besides this effect on cancer cells, bitter melon juice…

  • protects against malaria
  • has antiviral properties
  • relieves digestive problems
  • helps with diabetes
  • enhances weight loss
  • destroys intestinal parasites
  • accelerates the healing of burns

Note: Consumption of the bitter lemon juice is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, due to substances from plants that operate on uterine contractions and are transmitted through milk.

source: http://www.goodmorningcenter.com