Bitter melon juice stops pancreatic cancer cells from feeding on glucose and eventually starves them. That’s the startling conclusion of a new study from the University of Colorado (UC) that was just published in the journal Carcinogenesis. According to Rajesh Agarwal, one of the study’s co-authors, he got the idea because bitter melon, a proven Asian folk remedy, had already been proven helpful in treating Type II diabetes.
The pancreas is a tiny organ that controls the release of insulin in the body, which in turn controls the glucose levels in the body. When a patient becomes insulin-resistant and develops diabetes, too much glucose accumulates in the blood, which can eventually lead to serious consequences.
Since bitter melon already seems to help diabetics, could it be possible that it would also help patients with pancreatic cancer? They performed studies on cell cultures and then on mice models to find out. According to their report, mouse models that were fed the bitter melon juice had a 60 percent lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer than the control models.
An earlier study at Saint Louis University suggested that bitter melon extract attacks breast cancer cells. That study was performed on lab cultures.
And some people claim that, because bitter melon helps regulate your blood sugar levels, it could even help you lose weight.
The researchers are planning more tests to make sure the juice really works in humans as well as cells and mice, but a lot of people aren’t willing to wait. If you’re already sold on the benefits of bitter melon, be aware that The National Bitter Melon Council, an advocacy group for the popular Asian remedy, warned that the taste is not for everyone. Up to 50 milliliters of the juice can be drunk per day, but, if you can’t swallow that much, you may want to take a tincture, a highly concentrated form of the juice, meaning you will only have to take a few drops.
The council also warned that very high doses could cause stomach pain or even diarrhea. Because it’s more of a medicine than a food, people should talk to their doctors before they use bitter melon, especially if they have a blood sugar problem like diabetes or hypoglycemia.
Another easy way to drink your bitter melon juice is to make a smoothie. You Tuber Wabi Sabi tells you how:
Asians have known about bitter melon juice for a long time, but it might be the next big juice fad for the rest of us.