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Health Benefits Of Bitter Gourd

Here are the nutritional benefits of eating karela.

1. Beneficial For Diabetic
Bitter Gourd is found to be especially beneficial for type 2 diabetes. Bitter gourd contains an insulin-like compound called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin which has been shown to control diabetes naturally. In addition, a compound lectin-acts on the brain’s peripheral tissues like insulin and also reduces appetite. Regular intake of bitter gourd juice helps prevent the rise of blood sugar levels. It also helps cure insulin resistance in the blood.

2. Rich in Antioxidants
Bitter gourd is filled with natural antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Antioxidant is essential for removing toxins from the body. Bitter gourd is blessed with Vitamin C which boosts the free radicals and hence reducing the ageing of body cells. One serving (100 grams) has about 140% of RDA of Vitamin C. This aids in absorption of iron in the body as well. Bitter gourd / Karela juice is an excellent natural antioxidant that you can consume in small quantities, a couple of times a week.

3. For Colic health
Bitter gourd has a laxative effect on the digestion and hence eases excretion. Also, it is known to be beneficial to expel the parasites like round worm in the intestine. Have a portion of karela every week to stay away from stomach worms and indigestion.

4. Folate Good For Early Pregnancy
Fresh pods in the bitter gourd are an excellent source of folates. Pregnancy is a time when many physical changes take place and one is them is bloating. Due to its laxative effect, it helps keep stomach clean. In addition, the folates in bittergourd minimises the occurrence of neural tube defects for the new born when consumed regularly in early pregnancy.

How much Karela (Bitter Guard) is good to eat?
One should consume less than 50 grams a day, if consuming daily (even for diabetic diet). For an occasional food, one serving of 100-150 grams of karela is fine. Too much consumption of bitter gourd risks fever or diarrhoea (loose motion). These symptoms if occur, needs no medication and can be overcome with rest.
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