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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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There are 5 benefits of Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia), including:

Blood Sugar - Hyperglycemia Lymphatic outcome
Minor decreased risk of Blood Sugar - Hypergl...
Lymphatic system

2 studies

Metabolic Syndrome Lymphatic outcome
Minor decreased risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Lymphatic system

1 study

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Minor decreased risk of Obesity
Musculoskeletal system

1 study

Insulin Resistance Lymphatic outcome
Minor decreased risk of Insulin Resistance
Lymphatic system

1 study

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome
Minor decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Lymphatic system

1 study

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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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