Overview

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is a vine originally from India and other Asian countries. It has been traditionally used to treat diabetes.

Bitter melon contains a chemical that acts like insulin to help reduce blood sugar levels.

People commonly use bitter melon for diabetes, osteoarthritis, athletic performance, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Bitter melon is sometimes called bitter gourd. Don't confuse this with Ivy gourd, which is a different plant.

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