Karela, also known as bitter melon, is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. It is grown as both food and medicine.
The plant grows as a vine, and its leaves are long and separated in several sections.It has yellow flowers, and the fruits have a rough surface, resembling a cucumber.
Its young fruits are green, and ripe karela fruits turn orange. Ripe fruits splits into segments and release a great number of seeds covered in a red pulp. Each part of the plant (leaves, fruits, seeds) is edible and has bitter taste. Young fruits are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus.
You can steam-cook, roast and fry karela. Use its dried leaves to make a nice cup of tea.
Resent studies have shown that karela juice can significantly reduce the growth of cancer tissue because it disturbs the metabolism of glucose in cancer cells, which literally starves cancer cell without sugar, and as you already know, cancer cannot survive without sugar.
This plant can provide great results in the treatment of breast, prostate, colon, liver, and stomach cancer, and even leukemia. The latest study found that bitter melon juice has cytotoxic effect on pancreatic cancer.
Studies have also shown that bitter melon can also help diabetics. Bitter melon can ameliorate any metabolic problems due to its beneficial effect on the glucose metabolism.
For optimal results and higher rate of success in the treatment of cancer or diabetes, individuals suffering from these diseases should consult their doctor before they include bitter melon treatment in their regular therapy.
Although the plant is known for its healing power, not many people are aware of its health benefits. It is used in Japan, especially Okinawa, known for the fact that people there live much longer.