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. marie July 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    hey can i have your online account??
    i am a student here in the philippines..i am currently under a study on making a guord bread..i think you can help me regarding with my studies.. thanks for the infomation you pposted here..

  2. Sanjana - Dietitian July 14, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    You can contact me on Skype.

  3. Sameera October 31, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    Is bitter gourd juice also good for weight loss ? someone suggested it mixed with cucumber juice to reduce bitterness .

  4. Sanjana - Dietitian November 10, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    Yes it may dilute the taste….

  5. TANIII November 18, 2009 at 12:06 am #


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