Native to South Asia and South America, bitter melon, also known as Goya, Bitter Gourd, Karela, or Balsam Pear, thrives in hot and damp climates. Although extremely bitter in taste, this plant has amazing health benefits.
According to Dr. Frank Shallenberger M.D., who specializes in Anti-Aging Treatment and Alternative Medicine at The Nevada Center of Alternative & Anti-Aging Medicine, this fruit can prevent cancer development because it kills cancer cells, thus inhibiting their growth.
The results of a study carried out by Dr. Shallenberger showed that bitter melon juice diluted to 5% in water can effectively fight pancreatic cancer. In fact, this fruit killed cancer cell lines by a rate of 90% and 98%. The anticancer properties of bitter melon in relation to pancreatic cancer specifically were further confirmed by an additional study conducted by the University of Colorado. As the results of the study revealed, bitter melon reduced the size of the pancreatic tumors by 64%.
The health benefits of bitter melon are not limited to cancer only. This fruit has also been proved beneficial for treatment of asthma, skin infections, stomach problems, hypertension, and diabetes. In fact, bitter melon has long been used as part of natural medicine in China, India, Africa, and South America.