Many people are looking to more natural and holistic approaches to managing and controlling their diabetes. One method that is getting a considerable amount of attention is the use of bitter melon juice. Sometimes called an amparaya, bitter melon is an acquired taste, but its effects as an agent to help control diabetes are quite astounding. Those looking for natural ways to manage their diabetes may be glad to see bitter melon as such a powerful alternative to pharmaceuticals.
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- Bitter melon
Select firm bitter melons with few or no skin blemishes. The fruit should measure from 12.5 to 30 cm (5 to 12 inches) long, and should be either green or yellow-orange in color. The yellow-orange variety is much less bitter, but may have less of the powerful properties that allows bitter melon juice to help control diabetes.
Look for bitter melon in Asian food markets or in large supermarket chains across the country from about April to September.
Store bitter melons in a paper or plastic bag. Each melon should be loose and free of any rubber bands or netting. They will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
Wash the bitter melons under cool running water.
Slice the melon lengthwise to expose the insides.
Remove the seeds by scraping the flesh out with the tip of a spoon.
Juice the melons by inserting them into a juicing machine or liquefying the entire fruit in a blender. You'll want to use about 4 to 5 bitter melons per serving.
Drink one small glass of bitter melon juice every morning with an empty stomach. Drinking on an empty stomach will help speed the curative properties through the system, helping control diabetes.
Continue to take the bitter melon juice for 3 to 5 months.
Tips and warnings
- Use the leaves of the bitter melon plant to make tea. Wash and chop the leaves and boil them in fresh water for about 15 minutes. Strain the liquid and drink about 79 ml (1/3 cup) every morning.
- Do not drink bitter melon juice if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant. The fruit has powerful abortifacient properties and has been known to cause infertility in some animals.
- Do not give bitter melon juice or seeds to children. There have been incidences of infants dying from the effects of the red membrane around the seeds (causing hypoglycemic coma).