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Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)

Momordica charantia, known as bitter melon, bitter gourd, bitter squash, or balsam-pear, has names in other languages which have entered English as loanwords, e.g. goya from Okinawan and karela from Sanskrit. Those from the Caribbean island of Jamaica commonly refer to the plant as cerasee.

It is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit. Its many varieties differ substantially in the shape and bitterness of the fruit.

Bitter melon originated in India and was introduced into China in the 14th century.

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Reported side effects include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, hypoglycemia, urinary incontinence, and chest pain. Symptoms are generally mild, do not require treatment, and resolve with rest. Bitter melon is contraindicated in pregnant women because it can induce bleeding, contractions, and miscarriage

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Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Insulin Resistance Lymphatic outcome

Notable Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Metabolic Syndrome Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Obesity
Musculoskeletal

Notable Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Fertility Reproductive outcome
Fertility
Reproductive

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Blood Sugar - Hyperglycemia Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

2 studies

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