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“The Sweetness of Bitter Gourd”

Yogaksema Clinic

Yogaksema Clinic

  Aecs layout, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   1 min     


Bitter gourd, a boon of nature, has a great power to cure many ailments.

Bitter gourd, or bitter melon, or bitter squash or Karela (in India) is a very unique vegetable which is used as food as well as medicine.

Bitter gourd originated in India and grown in various tropical and subtropical countries.

It is an edible part of the trailing plant called Memordica charantia, which belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae. 

It is the most bitter among all the vegetables.

Health Benefits

  • Bitter melon improves energy expenditure thus helping in weight reduction
  • Anti-helminthic – deworming
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Ever known Remedy for Diabetes Mellitus
  • Stimulates Easy Digestion and Peristalsis
  • Liver Tonic
  • Boosts Immune System & Enhances Stamina
  • Cures Skin Infections
  • Potent Blood Purifier
  • Natural Remedy for Dandruff, Hair Loss and Itchy Scalp

Bio-active Component


Saponins: Momordicine II and 3-hydroxycucurbita-5, 24-dien-19-al-7, 23- di-O-β-glucopyranoside

Hypoglycemic agents: Polypeptide-p, Charantin,  & vicine



  • Consult a Physician before deciding the quantity of bitter melon consumption
  • Avoid if allergic to bitter melon
  • Use with caution during pregnancy
  • Important Tips
  • Wash Bitter Melon thoroughly before use
  • Use Fresh Ones for Best Results
  • Choose the ones which are Bright, Fresh & Deep Green Colour

Daily Nutrient Needs Met

Dietary Fibre – 8%                  Calcium – 2%

Protein – 4%                           Iron – 12%

Vitamin C – 9%                      Potassium – 6%

Vitamin A – 15%                   

Vitamin K – 52%

Folate – 13%

Nutrient  content per 100g
Energy – 17 kcals
Carbohydrates –3.70 g
Protein – 1 g
Fat – 0.17 g
Dietary fibre – 2.80 g
Vitamin A – 471 IU
Vitamin C – 84 mg
Folates – 72 mcg
Sodium – 5 mg
Potassium – 296 mg
Magnesium – 17 mg
Calcium – 19 mg

Bitter gourd Tea



  • Bitter melon/Bitter gourd leaves (Dried & powdered) – ½ table spoon
  • Water – 150 ml


  • Boil about 150 ml of pure water and add dried bitter gourd pieces or bitter gourd leaves powder
  • Simmer at low to medium for about 10 mins
  • Turn off fire, let it steep for about 10 min
  • Strain & Sip it warm

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