Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) For Blood Sugar Control
Bitter melon (also known as “Momordica charantia”) is not surprisingly, exactly what it’s name suggests: a extremely bitter fruit common to tropical and subtropical climates.
Although it has been used in traditional medicine for various purposes, preliminary studies (see here, here, here, and here) suggest the most promise as a blood sugar moderator, and an alternative treatment for diabetics.
That said, it should be noted that most of the data on bitter melon has been obtained from animal studies, while the few positive human studies were small and not randomized or placebo controlled.
Studies suggest bitter melon acts as an “insulin mimicker” lowering blood sugar levels and suppressing appetite.
However, diabetics should not combine bitter melon with traditional medication without consulting a physician.
“Bitter melon may have additive effects when taken with other glucose-lowering agents.”
Because of the preliminary nature of the data supporting the use of bitter melon as a blood sugar moderator, it’s probably best experimented with when it’s used as part of a more extensive formula.
If you are interested in experimenting with a blood-sugar regulating supplement that features bitter melon in its compilation, our recommendation is Xtend-Life’s Systemic care (Xtend-Life is a New Zealand based company with a reputation for making quality supplements).
Otherwise, bitter melon can be purchased on its own, and is modestly priced.