By Sola Ogundipe
Dr. Frank Shallenberger, a specialist in anti-aging, says bitter lemon helped heal pancreatic cancer if added to daily diet, and may offer even more anti-cancer benefits beyond that. Also known as bitter gourd and “goya,” the inside of a bitter melon resembles an over-dry cucumber.
One of the reasons bitter melon is effective as a health treatment is its uncanny ability to lower blood sugar levels. According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, compounds found in bitter melon work much the same way as insulin. They help boost the entry of glucose into cells and make it easier for the body to process and store it.
Bitter melon is also able to keep the body’s stored nutrients from turning into glucose, thereby preventing – by another method — the release of more glucose into the blood.
This is precisely why bitter melon is believed to be so effective in attacking pancreatic cancer. By restricting the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to metabolize glucose, the cells lose their key source of energy and eventually die.
Extracts from bitter melon have also been shown to kill lab-grown leukemia cells as well as slow the growth of breast cancer in mice. Along with destroying cancer cells and effectively lowering blood sugar levels, bitter melon is said to help tremendously with the following health issues:
Hangovers – it helps your body to quickly digest any alcohol in your system
Trouble with eyesight – bitter melon is loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for your eyes
Liver detoxification – Juice from the bitter melon helps clean out and detox your liver, and can increase blood circulation
Energy lag – Add a little bitter melon to your diet and you’ll get a noticeable energy boost, not to mention a better nights’ sleep
Constipation – Eating bitter melon helps boost food digestion and relieves gas and constipation
Bitter melon has been used in ancient Chinese medicine and cooking recipes for hundreds of years, and no one has reported side effects. Some advocates caution that eating it in excess may cause stomach cramps and diarrhoea.
If you decide to try it, here are some of the best tips for eating bitter lemon:
Stir fry with onions, tomatoes, curry leaves, spices, and green chillies. Chop it up and mix it with pork, tofu, eggs, and onion; pan-sear it with shrimp, dry it out, grind it to a fine powder, and use it to make iced milk tea. You may also eat it fresh or juice it.
—from Cancer Defeated