Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) aka: bitter gourd, balsam-pear, ampalaya, goya, karela, is a round green vegetable with white flesh and large seeds in the center.

Health Benefits of Bitter Melon:
  • Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Reduced Cancer Risk
  • Protection Against Heart Disease
  • Slowing Aging
  • DNA Repair and Protection
  • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Promoted Eye Health
  • Alzheimer's Protection
  • Osteoporosis Protection
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Alleviation of the Common Cold
  • Bitter melon is known to help regulate insulin levels helping those with diabetes. Bitter melon has also been proven to reduce breast cancer risk. In addition bitter melon is good for rheumatism and gout, the spleen and liver, lowering blood pressure, and even cough and fever.
    *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Bitter Melon, and may not necessarily be related to Bitter Melon.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Bitter Melon: Vitamin A | Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Potassium | Zinc |

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Nutrition Facts
Balsam-pear (bitter gourd) pod
Serving Size 100g
Calories 17
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.17g0%
    Saturated Fat ~g~%
Cholesterol 0mg~%
Sodium 5mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 3.7g1%
    Dietary Fiber 2.8g11%
    Sugar ~g~
Protein 1g~
Vitamin A9%Vitamin C140%
Calcium2%Iron2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 471IU9%
    Retinol equivalents 24μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 185μg~
    Beta-carotene 190μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin ~μg~
Vitamin C 84mg140%
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)~%
    D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E ~mg~%
Vitamin K ~μg~%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone ~μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg~
Vitamin B12 0μg~%
Thiamin 0.04mg3%
Riboflavin 0.04mg2%
Niacin 0.4mg2%
Pantothenic acid 0.212mg2%
Vitamin B6 0.043mg2%
Folate 72μg18%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 72μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 72μg~
Choline ~mg~
Lycopene ~μg~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 170μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.43mg2%
Magnesium 17mg4%
Phosphorus 31mg3%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 296mg8%
Zinc 0.8mg5%
Copper 0.034mg2%
Manganese 0.089mg4%
Selenium 0.2μg0%
Water 94.03g~
Ash 1.1g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio~
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio~
Total Omega 3s0mg
18D3 Linolenic~mg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)~mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)~mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoic~mg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)~mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)~mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)~mg
Total Omega 6s0mg
18D2~mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)~mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)~mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)~mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoic~mg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)~mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)~mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)~mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Histidine ~mg~%
Isoleucine ~mg~%
Leucine ~mg~%
Lysine ~mg~%
Methionine ~mg~%
Phenylalanine ~mg~%
Threonine ~mg~%
Tryptophan ~mg~%
Valine ~mg~%
Stats
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
0.85%
Percent Water Composition 94%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.27

How to choose Bitter Melon: Look for bitter melons with a vibrant color and firm flesh. Avoid any melons which look wilted or have discolorations.

Climate and origin: Bitter melons grow in a tropical to sub-tropical climate. Particularly India, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Taste: Bitter melon has a light crunchy texture and a bitter taste.



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