Nature's Herbs - Bitter Melon - 100 Capsules
Nature's Herbs Bitter Melon. Nature’s Herbs Premium Quality Bitter Melon is cultivated throughout the tropical regions of the world. A delicate vine, it produces beautiful flowers and prickly fruit and is often eaten as a vegetable. Bitter Melon, also known as Karela, takes its botanical name from the Latin verb, momordi, which means to bite. This is in reference to the seeds, which are said to resemble teeth.
What is Bitter Melon?
Bitter melon grows in tropical areas, including parts of East Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America, where it is used as a food as well as a medicine. The fruit of this plant lives up to its name—it tastes bitter. Although the seeds, leaves, and vines of bitter melon have all been used, the fruit is the safest and most prevalent part of the plant used medicinally.
Historical or traditional use
Being a relatively common food item, bitter melon was traditionally used for an array of conditions by people in tropical regions. Numerous infections, cancer, and diabetes were among the most common conditions it has been purported to improve.1 The leaves and fruit have both been used in the Western world to make teas and beer or to season soups.
Bitter melon has been the subject of countless studies and has demonstrated significant pharmacological activity in a variety of experimental models.
The antidiabetic potential of bitter melon is well established in normal, streptozocinor alloxan-induced diabetic animals and in genetic models of diabetes (Ahmed et al 2004, Bailey et al 1985, Day et al 1990, Jayasooriya et al 2000, Kar et al 2003, Miura et al 2001, 2004, Reyes et al 2005, Sarkar et al 1996, Shibb et al 1993). All parts of the plant (fruit pulp, seeds, leaves and whole plant) have shown activity. A systematic study comparing the hypoglycaemic activity of three extracts in vivo found that the methanolic extract of dried whole fruits and seeds reduced blood glucose by 49% at the end of the first week, which became 39% by week 5; the aqueous extract of fresh, unripe, whole fruits reduced fasting blood glucose by 50%, which was consistent until the study ended, and the chloroform extract of dried whole fruits and seeds showed almost no hypoglycaemic activity (Virdi et al 2003). These observations have special significance when one considers that the whole bitter gourd is cooked in water and consumed in many cultures, particularly in India. The hypoglycaemic activity is attributed to a mixture of steroidal saponins known as charantins, insulin-like peptides and alkaloids that are concentrated in the fruit (Grover & Yadav 2004). Based on studies with animal models, it appears that Momordica charantia increases the renewal of beta-cells in the pancreas, or may permit the recovery of partially destroyed beta-cells (Ahmed et al 1998), and stimulates pancreatic insulin secretion (Welihinda et al 1982). It also improves peripheral glucose uptake (Welihinda & Karunanayake 1986). A study with streptozocin-induced diabetic animals found that bitter melon juice normalises the structural abnormalities of peripheral nerves, regulates glucose uptake into the jejunum membrane brush border vesicles and stimulates glucose uptake into skeletal muscle cells (Ahmed et al 2004).
Lipid-lowering activity has been reported in studies of normal and diabetic animals for the fruit extract, flavonoids extracted from bitter melon or a methanolic fraction of the plant (Ahmed et al 2001, Anila & Vijayalakshmi 2000, Chaturvedi 2005, Chaturvedi et al 2004, Senanayake et al 2004, Singh et al 1989). Typically, decreases in triglyceride and LDL levels and increases in HDL levels are seen. In contrast, karela oil increased total lipid levels and phospholipid concentrations in heart and brain as compared with linseed, according to an in vivo study (Dhar & Bhattacharyya 1998).
Several constituents found in bitter melon (e.g. alpha- and beta-momorcharin, lectin and MAP 30) have demonstrated in vitro antiviral activity against Epstein-Barr, HSV-1, HIV, coxsackievirus B3 and polio viruses (Beloin et al 2005, Bourinbaiar & Lee-Huang 1998, Foa-Tomasi et al 1982, Grover & Yadav 2004, Sun et al 2001). A study using a lyophilised extract of Momordica charantia against HSV-1 suggests that the presence of light may be important for antiviral activity (Beloin et al 2005). The active antiviral constituents are not the main bitter principles momordicins I and II, as these have not shown activity against HSV-1 (Beloin et al 2005). One constituent referred to as MAP30 has received special attention as it exhibits potent inhibition of HIV-1 and HSV (Schreiber et al 1999).
Broad-spectrum antibacterial activity has been demonstrated for the leaf extracts (aqueous, ethanol, and methanol) (Grover & Yadav 2004). In vitro antimicrobial activity occurred against Escherichia coli, Salmonella paratyphi, Shigella dysenterae and against Streptomyces griseus (Grover & Yadav 2004, Ogata et al 1991, Omoregbe et al 1996). In a phase II study, the leaf extracts inhibited the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in vitro, using the BACTEC 460 susceptibility test method (Frame et al 1998). Tests with an extract of the entire plant demonstrated antiprotozoal activity against Entamoeba histolytica (Grover & Yadav 2004) and a fruit extract exhibited activity against Helicobacter pylori (Yesilada et al 1999).
The anthelmintic activity of the leaves of Momordica charantia against Caenorhabditis elegans was identified and described as high in one study (Beloin et al 2005). Triterpene glycosides of bitter melon (momordicins I and II) were found to be very active nematicides. A preparation of M. charantia exhibited stronger anthelmintic activity in vitro than piperazine hexahydrate against Ascaridia galli (Lal et al 1976).
Experimental studies with mice have demonstrated that bitter melon can induce abortions (Chan et al 1984, 1985, Tam et al 1984). According to an in vivo study, the glycoproteins alpha- and beta-momorcharin isolated from the seeds are effective in inducing early and midterm abortions (Chan et al 1986) and the momorcharins were teratogenic in cultured mouse embryos (Chan et al 1986).
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