Health benefits of Bitter gourd. 04NOV2018 08:09PM
Fresh bitter melon is an excellent source of vitamin-C, vitamin A, health benefiting flavonoids such as ß-carotene, α-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin,niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and magnesium. The vegetable is very low in calories, its pods are rich in phytonutrients like dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.It is also known to lower blood sugar
levels. Charantin composed in bitter gourd increases glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis in the cells of liver, muscle and adipose tissue and are responsible for reduction of blood sugar levels in the treatment of type-2 diabetes.
Fresh pods are an excellent source of folates which helps reduce the incidence of neural tube defects in the newborns when taken by mothers during early pregnancy.