Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Miracle Fruit That Can Prevent and Treat Diabetes and Breast Cancer!

Bitter Melon, also known as bitter gourd has a wealth of health benefits that can be derived by including it in your diet.

Some of the most well-known benefits of bitter melon are its ability to help manage diabetes,  prevent and reduce symptoms of cancer and boost the immune system.

For these reasons and more, bitter melon is a staple among a number of cultural cuisines across the world.

Bitter Melon and Diabetes

Bitter melon is one of the most potent fruits for managing diabetes mellitus for a few reasons. There are significant levels of charntin, peptides that resemble insulin. All of these components actively affect the levels of blood sugar, namely in reducing it.

It also helps to prevent unpredictable spikes and drops in insulin levels by regulating the metabolismand use of sugar that the body has consumed in food.

Bitter Melon And Breast Cancer

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The antioxidants present in bitter melon may help to seek out and destroy free radicals that can cause diseases including numerous forms of cancer.

It has been widely studied as an anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic agent all by itself. In fact, experts said to eat bitter melon as often as possible to prevent or reduce tumor growth for cervical, prostate, and breast cancer patients.

How to Prepare Your Own Bitter Melon

If you can get past the mouth-puckering taste. To untrained taste buds, bitter melon is nearly inedible in its raw state, but its pungent flavor can be softened with some simple tips on choosing and preparing the gourds.

Preparing Bitter Melon
  • Bitter melon does not have to be peeled. Just rinse well to remove any dirt and pat dry.
  • Cut in half lengthwise, then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and scrape off the inner white pith.
  • Slice crosswise at a slight angle to ¼-inch thickness, then place in a bowl. Cover with fresh water and add 2-3 tablespoons of salt (rock salt, preferably). Let sit for about 15 to 20 minutes and drain just before cooking.

Bitter Melon with Egg and Tomatoes Recipe

Honestly, there is no way to extract the astringent flavor entirely, but don’t let that deter you. Though it may be an acquired taste, you just might find its assertiveness to be a pleasant change from more mild-mannered vegetables. This recipe is a favored preparation in the Philippines and is a quick, simple showcase for bitter melon at its tastiest.

Ingredients:
  • 2 bitter melons, prepared as above
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 plum or Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Water
  • Salt (preferably rock salt)
  • Cooking oil
Preparation:
  1. Drain the bitter melon slices, place in a wok or large sauté pan and add fresh water to cover. Over medium high heat, bring to a gentle boil and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Drain slices in a colander and set aside.
  2. Return wok or pan to the burner and heat a generous tablespoon of cooking oil. Add onion and garlic, and stir-fry until they just begin to brown. Add chopped tomatoes and continue stir-frying until they begin to break down. Pour one cup of water and add a tablespoon of salt to the pan, then bring to a low simmer.
  3. Add bitter melon slices and stir well until liquid comes back to a gentle simmer. Pour beaten egg over the vegetables and quickly mix in so that the egg cooks in fluffy bits throughout. Cook until the bitter melon slices are tender but still a bit firm to the bite. Serve with steamed rice.