Juice for Diabetics – Bitter Melon
Bitter Gourd and Amla juice is a great juice for diabetics as it helps manage glucose levels in the body and is recommended for daily consumption.
Here is a quick recipe:
Take two little Bitter Gourds and four amlas(gooseberries) chop them up into large pieces. You’ll need to pull the seed out of the amla. Drop them into blender-mixer along with some water and pulse it till it becomes juice and strain the juice. It’ll stay fresh for 2-3 days in your fridge. Every day in the morninge drink 100ml. 0f this juice on an empty stomach. That’s about a little over 1/3 cup.
It will help you to manage your sugar levels, and if you are pre-diabetic this may work as a preventative measure.
In addition to being used in Asian cooking, bitter melon or bitter gourd(widely known as Karela in the Indian subcontinent) has been used as a natural treatment for type 2 diabetes. The fruit contains anti-diabetic properties. Charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and a compound – polypeptide-p that works like insulin. These work together to help reduce blood sugar levels.
Bitter melon contains a lectin as well that reduces blood glucose concentrations. Lectin is the main reason for the hypoglycemic effect that one develops after eating bitter melon.
The indian gooseberry or amla has a range of potent antioxidants, including Vitamin C, flavonoids, pectin, and tannins (30 percent). Amla has been proven effective in controlling diabetes. It works by reducing oxidative stress and impacting the hormones associated with the condition. In a recent test, there was a significant decrease in fasting and post prandial blood glucose and total cholesterol and triglyceride levels in both normal and type 2 diabetes patients receiving 1, 2 or 3g of amla powder per day for 21 days continuously as compared to the baseline values.