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Science-Based Health Benefits of Bitter Melon

Science-Based Health Benefits of Bitter Melon

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), also known as bitter gourd, is a tropical vine native to Asia, Africa and South America. Traditionally as a herbal medicine it’s been used in the treatment of diabetes in India.

It contains many bioactive compounds including polypeptide-p, vicine and charantin.

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1. Helps Lower Blood Sugar

The bioactive compounds in bitter melon may be able to help lower blood sugar levels.

Researchers in a 2018 randomized and placebo-controlled study involving 52 participants with prediabetes found that bitter melon supplementation lowered fasting blood glucose levels.1

In another study researchers found that bitter melon led to significant reductions in both fasting and post meal blood sugar levels.2

Bitter melon has also been shown to significantly reduce HbA1c, weight, BMI and fat percentage according to another 2018 study.3

Researchers suspect that polypeptide-p can mimic the effects of insulin to lower blood sugar.4,5

Researchers have demonstrated a lower risk for the onset of metabolic syndrome in people supplementing with bitter melon.6

Additionally, bitter melon could be more effective than the medicine rosiglitazone in the management of diabetes and it’s related complications according to a 2009 study.7

Multiple other studies have also demonstrated the blood sugar lowering effects of bitter melon.8,9,10

Bitter melon may help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.

2. Helps Reduce Pain

Researchers in a 3 month study involving 75 participants with primary knee osteoarthritis concluded that bitter melon supplementation is may help reduce pain experienced in those with knee osteoarthritis.11

Bitter melon may help alleviate chronic pain.


Bitter melon is an important plant that may help lower blood sugar.*

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