Karela (Bitter Gourd) Juice:
Karela (in Hindi) juice or bitter gourd juice is a type of vegetable juice which is commonly known for its health benefits. Though taste of bitter gourd (scientific name- Momordica Charantia) is extremely bitter but It is known for its nutritional and medicinal uses. It is an excellent source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, C, iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and beta-carotene.
In addition, karela or bitter gourd is very high in dietary fiber and low in calories. Bitter gourd juice has been used as a traditional natural medicine for a variety of diseases since long back, such as- skin diseases, respiratory diseases, wounds, ulcer, gout, and rheumatism etc.
Health Benefits of Karela juice:
1. Bitter Gourd Juice for Diabetes:
Bitter gourd (or bitter melon) is commonly used for the treatment of diabetes. It is explored that bitter gourd or ‘karela’ has unique phyto- constituents called “charantin” and “polypeptide-P” which have proved to have hypoglycemic and insulin like effects. That’s why, it acts like insulin made in pancreas and lowers blood sugar level especially in Type 2 diabetes. A study published in ‘Journal of Ethnopharmacology’, showed that a significant dose (2000 mg daily) of bitter gourd juice reduced the blood sugar level among patients of type-2 diabetes (1).
a. Karela Juice for Diabetes:
You can extract juice of karela with the help of juicer by cutting one big bitter gourd in 2-3 pieces (vertical). If you have not juicer, grind it in mixer grinder after cutting in small pieces. Then, extract the juice with the help of a thin cotton cloth. Ingest 10-20 gm juice on an empty stomach daily to control blood sugar level.
b. Bitter Gourd Powder for Diabetes:
If you can’t drink bitter gourd, you can use it in powder form also. To make powder, cut bitter gourd in small pieces after washing with water and dry those pieces in shadow. After drying completely, grind them to make powder.
Take10 gm of this bitter gourd powder twice a day to cure diabetes. By taking this powder for 3-4 months, diabetes will be cured completely.
(Note:- Karela may cause hypoglycaemia that is harmful for diabetics. It may require to adjust the medication dosage, so consult your doctor before use.)
2. Purifies Blood:
Karela or Bitter gourd has blood purifying properties therefore good for skin problems. Its juice purifies blood and cures blood boils, acne and pimples naturally.
3. Karela Juice for Urine Retention:
Urine retention problem is most common in older people and bitter gourd leaves works well to cure it.
- To extract the juice, take some karela plant leaves and grind it after cleaning with water.
- Then, sieve the paste with the help of a thin cotton cloth.
- Now, ingest 3-4 tbsp (or 15-20 ml) juice with a pinch of asafoetida (heeng).
- It helps to empty the bladder and get relief.
4. Karela Juice for Liver Health:
Karela (bitter gourd) works as liver tonic if it is consumed regularly. Some research shows that karela juice is able to boost antioxidants activity in liver. It cures digestive problems because of its constituent- cellulose which is very good source of fiber.
Bitter Gourd juice 20 gm (Karela)
Mustard Powder 5 gm (Rai )
Rock Salt Powder 3 gm (Sendha Namak)
5. Sole Burning Sensation:
Do you know, that bitter gourd (karela juice) can control sole burning which is very common problem.
Extract the juice of bitter gourd and rub your sole (talwa) for 5-10 minutes before going to bed at night. You can continue its use for 10-15 days or as per requirement. It will cure sole burning in a natural way.
6. Reduces Inflammation:
Bitter gourd (karela) is rich source of vitamin-K. It has anti inflammatory properties and good for the patients of arthritis and gout. Therefore, apply its paste for removing inflammation –
- Cut a bitter gourd in small pieces and grind in mixer to make paste.
- Now, apply this paste on the affected area; it removes swelling completely.
Similarly, bitter gourd paste is also good for removing throat swelling.
- Apply the paste on your neck and cover it with cotton cloth for some time.
- It removes throat swelling completely.
- If necessary, you can repeat it again, there is no harmful effects of this natural remedy.
7. Good for Deworming:
Karela juice kills stomach worms and acts as a deworming medicine. Take a little amount of bitter gourd juice with a pinch of asfoetida (heeng) for deworming.
8. Karela Juice for Obesity:
Bitter gourd is very low in calories and high in fiber, therefore helps in controlling weight. It stimulates liver for secretion of bile juices which are essential for metabolism. Take 10-20 ml bitter gourd (karela) juice daily to get rid of obesity (motapa).
9. Good for Skin Diseases:
Bitter gourd is a good natural medicine to cure skin diseases (twacha rog) or skin infections like eczema and psoriasis. Take 10-15 ml fresh juice of bitter gourd daily to cure skin infections till required.
10. Removes Kidney stones:
Karela juice is also effective to remove kidney stones, though there is not any scientific proof. Take 10-15 ml of bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach for few days. It helps to break the stone in small pieces and remove through urine.
11. Bitter Gourd Juice for Eyesight:
Bitter gourd is an excellent source of Vitamin B1, B2, B3, C, A, folic acid, zinc, manganese and many more nutrients. It is high in beta-carotene that helps to prevent vision related complications such as eye infection, cataract etc and also improves eyesight.
12. Karela Juice for Piles:
Bitter gourd contains lots of fiber that makes the stool softer and relieve constipation. Constipation is the main cause of piles or hemorrhoids and high dietary fiber of bitter gourd helps to regulate it. Take juice of bitter gourd leaves daily in the morning to treat piles.
How to make Juice of Bitter Gourd leaves:
For extracting juice, collect few leaves of karela plant and wash with water. Crush or grind these leaves and extract the juice with the help of a thin cotton cloth. Mix 2-3 tsp of this juice in a glassful of buttermilk and drink in the morning on an empty stomach for one month.
(Drinking karela juice in a limited quantity is not harmful at all, though there is not any scientific evidence of it.)
- Do not take the massive dosage of karela juice for a long time, it may be harmful.
- Excess intake of its juice may cause acidity or gastrointestinal disorders.
- Better to use it for maximum period of 4 weeks.
- Always drink fresh juice of bitter gourd; don’t use market available juice as that may contain preservatives which are not good for health.
Bitter gourd (karela) juice is beneficial for health, but in a little amount. Excessive use of bitter gourd juice or bitter melon juice may cause nausea, abdominal pain, acidity or hypoglycemia (if you are not diabetic), so take precaution. Pregnant ladies should not take this juice because it may harmful for fetus.