Bitter melon: an exotic vegetable with medicinal values

A.H. Subratty (Associate Professor, Department of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius)
A. Gurib‐Fakim (Professor of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius)
F. Mahomoodally (Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Publication date: 1 June 2005

Abstract

Purpose

This article focuses on some of the reported medicinal values of bitter melon, an exotic vegetable forming part of the cuisine of various countries.

Design/methodology/approach

Available data in the literature strongly support the anti‐hypoglycaemic properties of Bitter melon. A literature view was carried out and the data were used to validate our findings regarding the effects of extracts of Momordica charantia on uptake of sugar.

Findings

Our work adds on to the growing evidence of the anti‐diabetic properties of bitter melon.

Practical implications

In view of evidence reported in the literature regarding the medicinal properties of vegetables, the importance of vegetables in a well balanced diet should therefore be strongly advocated.

Originality/value

This paper adds on to the evidence of the use of Momordica charantia as a medicinal plant in traditional medicine in the control of blood sugar level.

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Citation

Subratty, A., Gurib‐Fakim, A. and Mahomoodally, F. (2005), "Bitter melon: an exotic vegetable with medicinal values", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 143-147. https://doi.org/10.1108/00346650510594886

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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