Bitter gourd and its benefits


A common vegetable in the indian kitchen is bitter gourd. It belongs to the same family as that of bottle gourd. Just like bottle gourd,it is low in calories and high in fiber.

It contains beta carotene, a precursor to form vitamin A< , hence can provide vitamin A. It is rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and folic acid as well as minerals like copper, phosphorous, magnesium and is also high in potassium etc.Although bitter in taste, it can be overlooked for its various health benefits.

  • It is effective in controlling high blood sugars in diabetes because of the fiber content.
  • In alcoholism, the commonly seen deficiencies are of B group vitamins. Commonly seen symptoms are redness of the tongue, skin being flaky and dry etc. These symptoms can  be overcome by daily including this vegetable in your diet.
  • Works as a good laxative and is effective in treating constipation.
  • As it is high in vitamins and minerals, it can improve the metabolism of various nutrients like carbohydrates.
  • It is very low in carbohydrates, hence can be included in the diets of people who need to follow a carbohydrate restricted diet such as in diabetes and polycystic ovarian diseases. Hence is a very good vegetable to be served with cereals.
  • It is also said to improve the immunity, hence can help to prevent common colds and fevers.
  • Include this vegetable regularly in your diet to reap its benefits.

About Sanjana Shenoy

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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13 Responses to Bitter gourd and its benefits

  1. Jennifer Dsilva July 20, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Hi Sanjana,

    You look so cute with your smiling face. Your topics on how to maintain good health is great. The fruits, vegetables and cereals mentioned if taken in the right manner will carry oneself in good health and we will always feel young in body and at heart. Keep up your good advice many will benefit from it if they follow the instruction properly. I have come across people who say that if beetroot is taken on a daily basis will end up in getting a cold. Is this true? because I have not felt it that way all I was told by my mum that all vegetable are good if taken properly. Continue your good advice. I will pray for you to do the right thing always and help the common man. God bless you.

  2. Sanjoy July 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    I am 32 years, i am suffering from gas and faty liver problem. My friend avdice me to take regular raw turmeric in the morning. will it work for my problem.

  3. maria April 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    dear sanjana
    i am 27 year old n my weight is 63kg i m married i have three babies i dont have time to exercise i cant diet plz suggest me some tips for reducing weght

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