Bitter melon or karela is a plant that has been used as a natural antidiabetic by some indigenous populations, and it is a true gift from nature and a great aid for people suffering from malignant diseases. Scientific studies showed that this plant can actually serve as a cure for certain types of cancer due to the active ingredients which prevent the metabolism of glucose in malignant cells and ‘’starve’’ them by reducing their needed sugar.
Experts from Saint Louis University Cancer Center concluded that with its natural properties bitter melon can not only destroy cancer cells but also prevent from futher spreading. Further more, another team of experts from the Univercity of Colorado Cancer Center discovered that the side effects that occur during chemotherapy, can be eliminated by the melon juice which is usefull in slowing down the pancreatic tumor growth. Bitter melon is very important in nutrition because of its ingredient glycoprotein lectin since its activity resembles that of the insulin due to tha fact that it decreases glucose concentration in the blood and functions as an immunomodulator. This is the reason why this plant is very helpful in cases of liver, prostate, colon and lung cancer, leukemia and neuroblastoma. Unfortunately, pregnant, breastfeeding women and children should avoit consumption.