Bitter melon juice is the most therapeutic juice of all because of the natural contents of the bitter melon fruit. Bitter melon is a vine belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family, and therefore a cousin of the cucumber, squash and pumpkin. It does resemble the green elongated cucumber, except for its warts, bumps and ridges. Its seeds are white when unripe and red when ripe. The seeds are very bitter and they can make one feel nauseated upon eating.
Despite the bitterness, this “wonder” vine offers so many therapeutic and nutritional benefits.
First, bitter melon, a.k.a. bitter gourd, is packed with so many vitamins and minerals. It is rich in zinc, phosphorous, calcium, beta carotene, folate, sodium and Vitamins C, B1, B2, and B3. The USDA National Nutrient database reports that bitter melon contains Energy (17 Kcal), niacin, pyridoxine, Riboflavin, and Thiamin. No other vegetable comes close when it comes to nutrients, which is why this fruit-vegetable is so valuable to those looking to improve or maintain their health.
Juicing the bitter melon preserves all the benefits but not the repulsive bitter taste. While bitter melon tea, juice extracts and juices are available online and in grocery stores, making your own bitter melon juice is easy and even more nutritional. Remember to juice only the green melons. A bitter melon that has turned yellow, orange or red is too bitter and old.
Pick the best green melons and cut lengthwise to remove the seeds. Be careful not to include a seed since a single piece could make your juice far too bitter. Bitter gourd seeds may cause nausea and diarrhea, since the flavor is concentrated in them.
Chop the halved melons crosswise to make thin cubes. Soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Liquefy the cubes using a juicing machine. Before pouring into a container, strain the liquefied melons using cheesecloth to take away tiny solid bits. Squeeze the cloth to get more juice into your container or pitcher; store in the refrigerator for a few minutes or until cold to your liking.
If still too bitter for you, add sugar or honey to your self-made bitter gourd juice.
Consume all within a week and not more than three months. Two ounces of bitter melon juice a day are good for a person with diabetes.
Bitter melon is popular for its ability to control or manage diabetes mellitus. It contains natural insulin-like compounds. It triggers enzymes that activate muscle cells and tissues, which are rather weak due to diabetes.
Naturally grown in tropical and subtropical countries, the bitter melon is believed to have the ability to treat a number of illnesses, including breast cancer, cholera, and jaundice. It aids the digestive system, purifies blood and improves stamina. Modern scientific research is now studying the potential of bitter gourd to inhibit HIV infection.
While still best when eaten in its natural state, bitter melon is widely sold in Western countries only in Asian farm markets and online. Also, the extremely bitter flavor could be unpleasantly new to the Western taster’s tongue. This is why there are ready-made packs of bitter melon juice available online, as well as tea, capsule and other supplements.