April 12, 2010
This is a commonly used vegetable in China, South America and India. The extract of bitter melon is often used for its reported health benefits of treating diabetes, liver disease and colitis and to support patients suffering from HIV/AIDS.
When breast cancer cells were exposed to extract of bitter melon, scientists were shocked to find that it was able to slow down the growth and to kill off the cancerous cells. This suprising finding will spark further research in animals and then eventually in human trials. This is very good news for those suffering from breast cancer.
It is too early to say if including a lot of bitter melon in your diet or taking bitter melon supplements would show the same results as in the lab studies. But it doesn't hurt to include a wide variety of vegetables, including bitter melon, in your regular diet.