Despite the bitter taste, bitter melons are an extremely nutritious vegetable that helps to maintain and improve overall health. The inclusion of raw mangoes and ginger in this smoothie help to balance out the bitter taste of the bitter melons and make it palatable. The presence of dietary fiber in this smoothie makes it extremely satiating and filling and helps to prevent hunger pangs for a prolonged period of time, which in turn aids weight loss.
Bitter gourd also helps to lower high blood sugar and relieve digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and stomach ulcers. Raw mangoes supply wholesome amount of antioxidants to the smoothie that helps to prevent free radical damage and improve immunity.
Bitter melons are extremely effective in treating blood sugar issues. A specific chemical in bitter melon imitates the function of insulin and helps to reduce high blood sugar and manage diabetes. Bitter melons also have the capacity to metabolize sugars which in turn aids weight loss. Bitter melons help to heal gastric ulcers and relieve irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Certain chemicals present in bitter lemon inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors and reduces the risk of ovarian cancer. The antioxidants present in bitter melons have the capacity to cleanse the liver and prevent inflammation and fibrosis in the liver. Liver cleansing property of bitter melons also helps to reduce skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin C present in raw mangoes help to protect the body cells against free radical damage and improve immune system function. They also prevent DNA damage and protect the eyes against cataract and age-related macular degeneration.
Raw mangoes contain a type of soluble fiber known as pectin that aids digestion and prevents gastro-intestinal disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, chronic dyspepsia, etc. Vitamin C present in mangoes provides protection against cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The natural acids present in mangoes boost the production of bile acids that improves liver function and helps to relieve liver disorders.
Coriander leaves are a wonderful source of vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, iron, magnesium and dietary fiber. Dietary fiber present in coriander helps to lower the level of harmful LDL cholesterol in the blood while increasing the level of healthy HDL cholesterol. Coriander supports digestive system health and promotes liver function.
Vitamin K present in coriander supports healthy and strong bones and teeth by boosting bone mineralization. Antioxidant vitamin A present in coriander protects the lung and heart and reduces the risk of cancers. Anti-inflammatory properties of coriander helps to relieve pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.
Here is the recipe…
- Bitter gourd chunks – 1 cup
- Mango (raw) pieces – ½ cup
- Coriander leaves (chopped) – 2 tablespoons
- Ginger piece – ½ inch
- Salt – ¼ teaspoon
- Water – 150 ML
- Pour bitter gourd, raw mango pieces and coriander leaves in the blender.
- Then add ginger piece, salt and water to the blender.
- Blend all these ingredients well on high speed until smooth.
- Drink this smoothie to prevent hungry pangs, detox your system and to reduce your excess weight.
Regular intake will help to maintain your blood sugar naturally and manage diabetes efficiently with this healthy bitter gourd smoothie.