Diabetes and breast cancer remain the major causes of death in the world. A huge portion of the world’s population is affected by these ailments and medical professionals still continue to seek effective remedy for these diseases. It has come to their attention that this particular fruit is proven to be effective in treating and preventing diabetes and breast cancer cells from spreading across the body.
Bitter melon or ‘ampalaya’ has been used in ancient Chinese medication for a long time. This fruit is widely used in Asia not only as a medicine but as a food source as well. Aside from its bitter taste, this particular plant is known for its wrinkled appearance. Recently, scientific aproved that ‘ampalaya’ fruit is effective in treating type 2 diabetes and helps in the prevention of breast cancer.
Scientific investigation revealed that extract from bitter melons contain properties that is helpful in lowering glucose in the blood of Type 2 diabetes patients. According to diabetes.co.uk, the fruit has anti-diabetic elements such as charantin, vicine and polypeptide-p. Charantin can lower blood glucose significantly while polypeptide is an insuling-like compound. This claim is based on a study published by the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in January 2011. They found out that a 2,000 mg daily dose of bitter melon extract can help reduce blood glucose levels dramatically.
Aside from diabetes, this wonder fruit is also effective in fighting breast cancer cells present in the body. A research lead by Ratna B. Ray, Ph.D. of Saint Louis University, Department of Pathology reveals that bitter melons have properties that act as chemopreventive agent that causes death among breast cancer cells.
Further investigation is still required in order to assess the efficacy of bitter melon in fighting such illnesses. The studies mentioned are just the initial steps in acquiring more information about this fruit. It has to still undergo multiple tests and studies to fully understand its ‘molecular targets’.
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