A common table vegetable, Asian mothers often chide their children to eat dishes prepared from the Ampalaya so they grow up strong and healthy. And no wonder. The Ampalaya fruit has long been held in high regard as being rich in iron, beta-carotene and other nutrients that help boost the body’s immune system. Properly prepared, the Ampalaya fruits and leaves exude a flavor all its own, enhancing many favorite Asian dishes.
How does it work?
Since as early as the 1940s, scientific research conducted in many countries has supported the traditional belief in the Bitter Melon’s health benefits.
Scientists have identified several key compounds found in the Bitter Melon fruit such as charantin, vicine, peptides and polypeptide-p. It is believed that the interplay of these compounds is what gives the herb its potency.
Although more studies are needed to completely unlock the secrets of this herb, this much researchers do agree on: taken regularly, the Bitter Melon is an effective supplement to the low-fat, high-fiber diet recommended by doctors for maintaining a normal sugar level.