The bitter gourd is a common vegetable cultivated extensively all over India. It has excellent medicinal properties. It is antidotal and is useful in reducing fever, strengthening the stomach and promoting its action.
Bitter gourd is specifically used as a folk medicine for diabetes. This vegetable is thus an effective anti-diabetic food and should be included liberally in the diet of the diabetic patient. The juice of this vegetable has been found more effective than fruits.
The seeds of bitter gourd can be powdered and added to regular meals. Bitter gourd is rich in all essential viti and minerals especially vitamin A, B1, B2, C and Iron. Its regular use prevents many complications associated with diabetes.