momordica charantia

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Related to momordica charantia: Gymnema sylvestre, Ampalaya
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Powerful medicinal properties. Smelly. Popular in Asian markets. Do not eat raw. Edible when green and boiled twice, but toxic when orange and ripe. Being used in studies for leukemia, cancer, AIDS, diabetes. Can drop blood sugar rapidly, so diabetics or hypoglycemics pay attention. Do not take if pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Leaves edible if cooked and drained. Can be juiced when green after boiling twice. When the fruit is turning from green to orange, open it up and notice the seeds are coated in red fleshy stuff. You can eat this red coating, BUT NOT THE SEEDS or the outer shell of the plant- only the red fleshy seed covers. This may seem too scary for most, but the motivating factor is that the red fleshy seed coating is almost completely LYCOPENE! This is serious healing power (especially prostate) Remember to spit out the seeds. You can eat the red seed coating raw without having to cook the plant first. But while the plant is green, you can eat the whole thing, seeds and everything if you boil it twice, changing water after first time.
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[18] Kanwal, N., 2005, "Investigation of medical components of Momordica charantia L.
pyramidata, Momordica charantia, Phyla scaberrima, Portulaca oleracea, Salvia micrantha, Sida spp., Spermacoce laevis (Griseb.) Wr.
Bitter gourd, Momordica charantia, a common vegetable cultivated in India, is used as a folk medicine for treatment of many ailments including diabetes.
Momordica charantia contains a natural hypoglycemic peptide (polypeptide-p, or p-insulin) that helps body control and manage sugar tolerance in diabetics.
The chayote (Sechium edule), bitter gourd (Momordica charantia), wax gourd (Benincasa hispida), and six-foot-long serpent gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) are a few examples of those grown for their edible flesh and seeds.
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Molecular detection and identification of tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus isolate causing yellow mosaic disease in bitter gourd (Momordica charantia), a medicinally important plant in India.
Momordica charantia (bitter melon)###Gastrointestinal discomfort, Hypoglycaemic coma, Favism, Haemolytic anaemia in persons with G-6PDH deficiency,
(2011), que ao utilizarem extratos vegetais de Momordica charantia contra Colletotrichum musae, observaram efeito semelhante entre o fungicida tiofanato metilico e o extrato vegetal.