Goya or bitter melon, is used for health reasons. You might also hear it referred to as Balsam Pear, Karela, or Bitter Gourd.
This melon has a very bitter taste, but it is a very healthy food. The bitter melon looks like a cucumber but it has ugly bumps all over it. It thrives in humid and hot climates, so they can be found in South America and Asian countries.
Dr. Frank Shallenberger, a researcher who specializes in Anti-Aging Treatment and Alternative Medicine at the Nevada Center, and he has used this fruit to fight against the pancreatic cancer. He advises his patients to decide to go for natural substances that are able to inhibit the cancer cell growth, and he has discovered that the bitter melon is an effective tool in inhibiting the cancer cell growth.
Dr. Shallenberger made a research and discovered that when the juice from the melon is diluted to 5 percent in water, it proved to be so effective in the fight against the pancreatic cancer.
The bitter melon managed to damage the cancer cell lines by a rate of 98 percent and 90 percent.
The University of Colorado made a test on the bitter melon’s effect and discovered a 64 percent reduction in the pancreatic tumor’s size.
The doctor’s research showed another health benefit that the bitter melon has to present. The bitter melon also has been used like a remedy for skin infections, asthma, high blood pressure, stomach problems, and diabetes symptoms. This plant has been used like a traditional medicine in India, China, the southeastern US and Africa.
The bitter melons contain high amount of nutrients and are very low in calories. It is a great source of vitamins B2, B1, B3, C, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, and also has a high dietary fiber. It contains twice the beta carotene of a broccoli, it is rich in iron, contains twice the potassium of a banana, and twice the calcium of spinach. But, there is one negative thing about the bitter melon, and that is its bitter taste that detracts a lot of people from eating it, even with all of the nutrients it has to offer.