Bitter Melon tea is a bitter beverage, very useful in treating a large array of diseases such as diabetes, but not only.
Bitter Melon Tea description
Bitter Melon is an herbaceous tendril-bearing vine that grows in parts of East Africa, Asia, the Caribbean islands, and parts of South America. It has dainty yellow flowers, bearing an oblong-shaped fruit that has a pockmarked and warty exterior which turns yellow when ripe. Its flesh is crunchy and watery in texture whereas its skin is tender and edible. The taste of the fruit is very bitter.
Bitter Melon tea is the resulting beverage from brewing the abovementioned plant, best known for its efficiency against diabetes. The plant is also added to several types of food, as a culinary ingredient.
Bitter Melon Tea brewing
To prepare Bitter Melon tea:
- Place a handful of leaves in a pot of boiling water
- Boil the mix until the water turns green
- Let the mix steep for about 5 minutes
The taste is quite bitter.
Also, the Bitter Melon fruit can also be made into a tea. The majority of cultures prefer to use the leaves for making tea while the fruit is consumed as an addition to dishes.
Bitter Melon Tea benefits
Bitter Melon tea has proved its efficiency in treating:
- abdominal gas and colic
- liver problems
- ulcers in different parts of the body
- digestion (It may also help ease symptoms of dyspepsia and constipation)
Bitter Melon tea is said to help in regulating blood sugar levels, being widely used as a herbal remedy by diabetes patients. Bitter Melon tea can be used in the treatment of HIV.
Bitter Melon Tea side effects
Bitter Melon tea should never be taken in conjuncture with any form of diabetes medication.
Pregnant and nursing women should also avoid this tea.
Bitter Melon Tea is a natural remedy against type 1 and type 2 of diabetes. It is also consumed for its healing properties when dealing with abdominal gas and colic.