Zee Media Bureau/ Irengbam Jenny
Bitter gourd is a popular vegetable in some Asian countries and looks like a cucumber but with gourd-like bumps all over it. The bitterness of this gourd might turn some people away from it but it can really sweeten your health because it helps in preventing disease and health promoting phyto-chemical compounds.
Here are few health benefits of the bitter vegetable:
Eye problems: Bitter gourd is one of the finest vegetables which helps in alleviating eye problems and improving eyesight as it is high in beta- carotene.
Respiratory disorders: Drinking fresh bitter gourd juice mix with a cup of honey diluted in water daily helps in improving asthma, bronchitis and pharyngitis.
Energy: Regular consumption of bitter gourd juice improves energy and stamina level. It also stabilized sleeping patterns.
Hangover: Bitter gourd is also beneficial in the treatment of a hangover after a night of binge drinking. It helps to cleanse and repair and nourish liver problems due to alcohol consumption.
Immune booster: Bitter juice of bitter gourd also helps in building your immune system and increase your body’s resistance against infection.
Diabetes: Bitter gourd improves diabetic conditions as it decreases blood sugar levels and also has anti-oxidative properties.
Digestion: Bitter gourd helps in relieving indigestion and constipation problems as it stimulates easy digestion and peristalsis of food through the bowel until it is excreted from the body.