Bitter Melon (momordica charantia) originated in India and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. In the 14th century it was introduced to China where it became part of Chinese traditional medicine. Since then, it has been used for medicinal purposes in many cultures around the world. In modern times, human and animal studies have shown bitter melon reduces blood glucose levels. It is also thought to have a cleansing effect on the liver, and have an overall anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Pregnant women should not consume it, however. You can buy fresh bitter melon at most Asian markets.
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Bitter Melon (momordica charantia)