This is a healthy and nutritious bitter gourd and lime smoothie that is extremely beneficial for controlling diabetes and promoting weight loss. Although, this smoothie has a light bitter taste, but the addition of lemon juices and curd curbs the sharp taste of the bitter gourd and makes it more palatable.
Bitter gourd has the capacity to reduce insulin resistance and lower elevated blood sugar levels in case of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Bitter gourd and lime smoothie are also extremely beneficial for the skin because it helps to detoxify the system and flush out toxins, harmful chemicals, and heavy metals from the blood.
Bitter melon is a super food for diabetes that contains more than 32 active chemicals along with phenolic and flavonoid compounds that have anti-diabetic effect. The chemicals in bitter melon imitate the actions of insulin and help to lower blood glucose levels and regulate the body’s use of insulin. The sharp bitter juices of bitter melon stimulate the production of bile acids that helps to detoxify the liver, improve liver function and prevent liver disease.
Bitter melon helps to improve overall digestive health by fighting off parasitic worms in the gastro-intestinal tract and reducing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. Natural laxative effect of bitter melon speeds of the emptying of the colon and relieves constipation.
Lemon juice used in this recipe not only adds a tangy taste and reduces the bitterness of the smoothie, but also supplies a wholesome amount of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells from damaging free radicals and lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Lemon juice also improves insulin resistance and the polyphenol antioxidants support weight loss. The acids present in lemons aid digestion and help to prevent constipation due to their laxative effect. Citric acid present in lemon juice prevents the formation of calcium crystals and reduces the risk of kidney stones.
Coriander is a wonderful herb that contains abundance of dietary fiber, manganese, iron and magnesium along with vitamin C, vitamin K and protein. Coriander has the capacity to lower the level of harmful LDL cholesterol and increase the level of healthy HDL cholesterol.
Coriander boosts liver function and aids proper bowel movement. Coriander is also beneficial for diabetes patients because it stimulates insulin secretion and reduces blood sugar levels. Coriander is a rich source of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that protects the eyes and lungs and reduces the risk of lung cancer.
Curd not only adds a rich and creamy texture to the smoothie but also curbs the bitterness of the bitter melon. Crud is a rich source of calcium and protein that helps to strengthen the bones, muscles, and tissues. Curd provides an instant burst of energy to the body and aids digestion thanks to its probiotic content.
Here is the recipe…
- Bitter gourd (peeled and chopped) – ½ cup
- Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
- Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon
- Curd – 100 ml
- Salt – ¼ teaspoon
- Water – ¼ cup
- Pour bitter gourd pieces, coriander leaves and curd in the blender.
- Then add fresh lemon juice, salt, and water to it.
- Blend well at high speed until smooth and transfer it into your serving glass.
- Drink this smoothie to get rid of overweight and obesity.
This is one of the best diabetic friendly smoothie recipes that contain the goodness of bitter gourd, coriander, lemon and curd. Almost all the ingredients used in this smoothie have the capacity to reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar level naturally and control diabetes.