At least three different groups of constituents in Bitter Melon have been reported to have benefits in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. These include a mixture of steroidal saponins known as charantin, insulin-like peptides, and alkaloids.
Karela also contains Gurmarin, a polypeptide considered to be similar to bovine insulin, which has been shown in experimental studies to achieve a positive sugar regulating effect by suppressing the neural response to sweet taste stimuli. In fact the name Gurmarin comes from the Indian Hindi word "Gurmar" meaning "sugar eliminator"
Karela fruit is regularly used in the Indian diet. Bitter melon is rich in iron and has twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas, and contains vitamins C and B 1 to 3, phosphorus and good dietary fiber.
It is believed to be good for the liver and has been proven by Western scientists to contain insulin. At least 32 active constituents have been identified in bitter melon so far, including beta-sitosterol-d-glucoside, citrulline, GABA, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Nutritional analysis reveals that bitter melon is also rich in potassium, calcium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
Directions for taking Himalaya Karela
1 capsule twice a day after meals. Allow several weeks for long lasting benefits. The use of natural products provides progressive but long-lasting results.
Eating Karela over a long period of time promotes normal glucose levels in the blood and urine.
Botanical Name : Momordica Charantia
Family Name : Cucurbitaceae
Common Names : Bitter Melon, Bitter Gourd, Balsam Pear, Balsam Apple, Melega Saga
Karela is widely grown in India. It is a climbing vine and the fruits are used.
In Ayurveda, the fruit is considered as emetic, laxative, antibilous, tonic, stomachic, stimulant and alternative. Several studies have shown it to be extremely good for maintaining normal glucose levels in the blood and urine.
Karela also supports the health of the pancreas, liver and spleen. It detoxifies and purifies blood.
Karela in Ayurveda:
According to Ayurveda, Karela is kapha and pitta suppressant. Due to its properties it is very helpful in cooling the body so as to suppress the skin related problems caused by the excess of pitta. It also promotes wound healing. Due to its rasa it is very useful in normalizing the digestive tract and also helps in improving peristaltic movements in the body. Due to its bitter taste it is useful in suppressing worm infestation. It also helps in regularizing the urinary tract. It has remarkable properties in maintaining blood sugar levels.
As per Ayurveda, Karela's gunna or properties are that it is laghu (light) and ruksh (dry). It's rasa or taste is katu or pungent and tickta or bitter. Its Virya or potency is ushan or hot
Karela Research and Clinical Studies
Unlike many herbs, Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) is commonly eaten as a dish, proof positive of its safety. Karela is used in various dishes. It is considered especially beneficial in summer in order to improve sluggish digestion. In fact, Health Canada even recommends it on their website under "Treat Your Taste Buds," suggesting Bitter Melon as a unique new fruit to try for good nutrition. (Choosing Vegetables and Fruits," Health Canada, Feb. 2008 )
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted on 40 subjects. Prior to the study, chemical parameters such as fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, weight and glycosylated HG (Alc) were measured. The group was divided into the Bitter Melon group and the placebo. The Bitter Melon group reported positive indications that Bitter Melon supports Alc and other parameters with no adverse side effects.*
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