Everybody loves melons, as they are packed with nutrients and they taste great as desserts or when juiced.
But that is not the case for many when it comes to bitter melon or Amplaya, as its taste often leaves people disgusted.
However, Ampalaya – also known as bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) – is known as an alternative cure to cough, stomach problems, wounds, and, most notably, diabetes.
The nutrients inside this bizarre-shaped melon is proven to have insulin, the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels.
A Food and Drug Authority-approved corporation, Herbcare Corporation, is also investing in producing tea and capsules that use dried bitter gourd slices.
Ampalaya is also a natural and cheap way to help prevent or fight off cancer cells.
According to a group of researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, fresh bitter gourd juice “exerts strong anti-cancer efficacy against human pancreatic carcinoma cells, both in vitro (in glass) and in vivo (in living organism).”
According to the Second Edition of Handbook of African Medicinal Plants by Maurice Iwu, insulin from the ampalaya “starves” the cancer cells until they die.
A study by surgeon-oncologist at St. Luke’s Medical Center, lay health educator and former president of the Philippine Society of Oncologists Dr. Roel Tolentino, also said the same thing.
Bitter melon, commonly known as ampalaya in the Philippines, is a popular ingredient for Filipino dishes and is widely used in the kitchen.
It grows abundantly in the subtropical regions of South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and certain parts of Africa.