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Diabetes Buster Juice -Balsam Pear/Bitter Gourd

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1 bitter gourd/melon
4 celery ribs
1 and a half cup parsley
2 cups spinach
1/2 lemon

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Technically known as “Momordica charantia”, varieties of the bitter gourd are known by different names around the world, including Balsam Pear, Bitter Melon and Karela in Hindi.
In Nigeria, it is known as :

Ejinrin Wewe in Yoruba

Daddagu in Hausa

Iliahia in Igala

kakayi in Igbo 

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In parts of Nigeria and South Africa,  
people drink a glass of bitter gourd juice in the morning to help strengthen the immune system and increase the body’s fighting power against infection.


In the Amazon, local people and indigenous tribes grow bitter melon for food and medicine.

The fruit and/or leaves are parboiled first with a pinch of salt to remove some of the bitter taste and then added to beans and soup for a bitter or sour flavor.


Bitter gourd is a popular vegetable in India well known for it`s ability to lower blood glucose in diabetics.

Bitter gourd has been used to treat diabetes in traditional medicine and is now commercially available as tea (from fruits or leaves), juice, extracts, and pills.


Patients deficient in the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase gene should avoid consumption of bitter melon preparations due to the presence of vicine in the seeds.

Documented adverse reactions include stimulating menstruation and inducing abortion. Avoid use.

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  • Reply
    Toyin Savage
    April 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Wow very informative.

    • Reply
      April 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Sis. I am glad you found it a useful read!

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    Beatrice Kemi
    May 30, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Thank you so much, how long will it be taken to reverse type 2 diabetes? I mean for how long can one take it, thanks slot for the info God bless you real good Osupa

    • Reply
      May 31, 2017 at 4:01 am

      Hello Kemi. I’m glad you found this useful. I would recommend perhaps once a week and see how your body responds. As with natural remedies, you start with slowly and then build up the quantity depending on your metabolism. Thanks for visiting

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