Bitter Melon (Vegetable insulin)

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What is a vegetable insulin?

Bitter melon has it’s origin in all regions of the country.  Bitter melon, is a very bland, bitter, and crunchy vegetable.  However, bitter melon is also a very beneficial vegetable, in other words; bitter melon is also known as a vegetable insulin.  Bitter melon contains, “vitamins C, A, E, B1, B2, B3, folate, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and dietary fiber, making it a cornucopia of nutritional value.”  According to studies, bitter melon and it’s seeds are used in multiple medications such as, “glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.” These are all medications for people who’s diabetic.  Bitter melon has a cure for other health conditions as well such as, “stomach and intestinal disorders including gastrointestinal (GI) upset, ulcers, colitis, constipation, and intestinal worms. It is also used for diabetes, kidney stones, fever, a skin condition called psoriasis, and liver disease; to start menstruation; and as supportive treatment for people with HIV/AIDS.”  Bitter melon may be a very bitter vegetable, but in corporate a little into your cooking can actually be beneficial for your health.

How do you cook a bitter melon?

Here are some recipes and ways to help you enjoy this vegetable, bitter melon.


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