- Packs Several Important Nutrients
Bitter melon is a great source of several key nutrients.
One cup (94 grams) of raw bitter melon provides (1):
Carbs: 4 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 93% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
Vitamin A: 44% of the RDI
Folate: 17% of the RDI
Potassium: 8% of the RDI
Zinc: 5% of the RDI
Iron: 4% of the RDI
Bitter melon is a good source of nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, folate and vitamin A.
- Can Help Reduce Blood Sugar
Bitter melon has been shown to improve several markers of long-term blood sugar control, including levels of fructosamine and hemoglobin A1c. Still, more high-quality research is needed.
- May Have Cancer-Fighting Propertie
Test-tube studies show that bitter melon may have cancer-fighting properties and could be effective against stomach, colon, lung, nasopharynx, and breast cancer cells.
- Could Decrease Cholesterol Levels
Animal studies show that bitter melon extract may decrease cholesterol levels, which could help support heart health. Nonetheless, human research to confirm these effects is lacking.
- May Aid Weight Loss
Bitter melon is low in calories but high in fiber. Human and animal studies have found that bitter melon extract may also help decrease belly fat and body weight.
- Versatile and Delicious
Bitter melon is easy to prepare and can be used in many different dishes and recipes.