Diabetes is that horrific disease which covers most of our population. The major cause of it lies in our improper sedentary lifestyle. And in other cases, it may be genetic, while in most of the people it is just a result of their improper lifestyle. This type of diabetes which is caused by poor life-style can be cured! Nature gives us so many beneficial ingredients to boost our health and if by chance we get stuck into some problem then for this as well nature have kept the solution in produced ingredients.
Bitter gourd is one of the blessings of God which has loads of benefits. Here we will talk about its benefits regarding diabetes. Now, how to use this vegetable for the cure of this disease? You probably think that I should cook it and then I should consume this. But wait! By doing so, you are going to destroy heat sensitive elements like antioxidants and others which are the main source for combating diabetes. Now, what to do next? Yes, you should consume it as raw. Now how to consume it as raw? Don’t worry you don’t have to chew this vegetable; instead of it, you should drink this in juice form.
In the juice form, the ingredients of the bitter gourd would be more easily available to your body, hence gives you more benefit with the ease of consumption. Here the big question arises that, how to make the bitter gourd juice? So again don’t you need to be worried about it, because in this article we have mentioned the complete recipe with four (4) easy steps to make bitter gourd juice, so, firstly let’s talk about its health benefits!
Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd in the Treatment of Diabetes
Most of us may be heard from our elders that bitter gourd is extremely good for the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Bitter gourd occupies a massive amount of health benefits but exclusively its property to lower the glucose level in blood is considered to be its prominent significant character. This vegetable is commonly used in herbal medicines, while the pills made of bitter gourd powder have also gained a big popularity amount home-treated patients of diabetes. Commercially, various products are sold every day made up of this miraculous vegetable in the form of extracts, tea, juices, and pills. So, let’s move towards its benefits.
1. Reduces Blood Glucose:
Bitter gourd reduces blood sugar level as mentioned earlier. Instead of treating or aiming one specific tissue or organ for treatment as allopathic drugs do, the bitter gourd promotes the glucose metabolism function by facilitating it throughout the body. While this attribute is processed by the presence of two compounds called as momordicin and charantin which play a vital role for the treatment and reduction of diabetes in the body.
2. Improves the Carbohydrate Digestion:
As sugars are basically complex carbohydrates, and their improper breakdown into simpler sugars can result in the direct mixing of glucose into the blood, hence results in “diabetes”. This miraculous vegetable boosts up the breakdown of complex carbohydrates inside the body. This action is facilitated by the enzymes which are present in bitter gourds. These enzymes assist in the breakdown of complex disaccharides into simpler two monosaccharides, hence resultantly depresses the level of glucose in the blood.
3. Promotes Insulin Production:
It is sure that almost every diabetic patient is sure about the name and importance of insulin. It is used for the transportation of sugar from the blood to various parts of the body such as bones and muscles. This transported sugar then used for performing various actions. Insulin is produced in the pancreas and suppresses the over production and release of sugar in the blood. Bitter gourd increases the production of insulin and regulates the liver to deliver a normal amount of sugar in the blood. Though, bitter gourd juice can minimize or completely diminishes the use of insulin injections for type l diabetes.
4. Prevents the Insulin Resistance:
Not just only in type I diabetes, but the bitter gourd is very useful for type II diabetes as well. In this type of diabetes, the fat tissues, liver, and skeletal muscles fail to respond satisfactorily to the insulin, which causes insulin resistance. This resistance is the chief cause or symptom of type II diabetes. Bitter gourd helps in this matter as it contains oleanolic acid glycosides; these are the compounds which prevent insulin resistance.
5. Antioxidant Properties of Bitter Gourd:
Talking about the symptoms and effects of diabetes of both types, it results in the inflammation and oxidation in the body which leads the patient towards heart strokes, blindness, kidney problems or diabetic feet. Bitter gourd not just lowers the blood sugar level but also prevents these ailments caused by oxidation via its antioxidant property.
Bitter Gourd Juice Preparation in 4 Simple Steps:
If you are the person who got in the caught of this horrific diabetes, then you should take this magical juice of bitter gourd on the empty stomach every morning. As of its bitter taste, most of the people avoid the bitter gourd but having a bitter taste for a minute is better than to have a dreadful disease for life.
Here we have mentioned the method of preparation of bitter gourd juice in four quick and easy steps at home:
- Bitter gourds – 4 or (1/2 Kg)
- Salt – to taste
- Lemon Juice – 1 tsp.
- Take the bitter gourds, wash them thoroughly and peel off the skin (some people don’t peel the skin off and use this vegetable as it is)
- Cut the bitter gourds into fine pieces, apply salt and lemon over it and leave for 10 minutes to fade out its bitterness to a bit.
- Then wash the pieces of the bitter gourd and extract their juice in the machine.
- Add some lemon and salt to taste.
Of course, there are most of the other methods to prepare this juice, but this method was found to be most simple and effective. Drink this every morning on an empty stomach, but make sure to drink this juice fresh, as it would not be that much better to preserve this juice in a fridge or somewhere else. This juice improves fat metabolism and stimulates the liver for the production of bile juice, hence it could be an ideal remedy for obesity and reflects positive effects against overweight. This juice is greatly effective for the reduction of blood glucose level.
To reduce the bitterness, you can soak the peeled bitter gourds in turmeric water with salt. Soak for 20 minutes and then grind this with the same water and sieve it out, you can also add some drops of lemon into it. For getting maximum benefit you can add honey, which also boosts up its taste. While for getting a plus point of increased immunity you can mix up some gooseberry (amla) into it.