The Plant That Kills Cancer Cells, Stop Diabetes and Boosts Your Immune System!
A plant that has been used as a natural anti-diabetic by some indigenous populations is bitter melon or karela, and for people suffering from malignant diseases it is a true gift from nature and a great aid. Due to the active ingredients which prevent the metabolism of glucose in malignant cells and ‘’starve’’ them by reducing their needed sugar this plant can actually serve as a cure for certain types of cancer showed scientific studies .
That with its natural properties bitter melon can not only destroy cancer cells but also prevent from further spreading concluded experts from Saint Louis University Cancer Center. Further more, that the side effects that occur during chemotherapy, can be eliminated by the melon juice which is usefull in slowing down the pancreatic tumor growth discovered another team of experts from the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
Because of its ingredient glycerol protein lectin bitter melon is very important in nutrition since its activity resembles that of the insulin due to tha fact that it decreases glucose concentration in the blood and functions as an immune modulator. This is the reason why this plant is very helpful in cases of liver, prostate, colon and lung cancer, leukemia and neuro blastoma. Unfortunately, consumption should be avoided by pregnant, breastfeeding women and children.
As vine with yellow flowers and fragmented leaves bitter melon grows, from the family Cucurbitaceae which can be found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. By its form is similar to zucchini, has an elongated shape. From green to orange-yellow one as it grows changes colors, and it has more accentuated yellow color as it ripens more. With many red seeds released the ripe fruit opens in three parts. It is used as a medicine all around the world, and in Eastern populations mostly as food.
When you think of melon, you probably think of long summer days spent on the beach or porch chewing on sweet, crisp fruit. However, if you’re from the Caribbean or Asia, bitter melon may also come to mind. The strange fruit may look like a lumpy cucumber or a sad gourd, but it’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Studies show that compounds found in bitter melon mimic insulin. They lower blood sugar by promoting the transportation of glucose into cells and the storage of energy in the liver and muscles. The fruit improves insulin sensitivity, glucose tolerance and insulin signaling and can even help support weight loss (2).
Use In Cancer Patients
Surprisingly, the same actions that make the melon suitable for diabetics help kill cancer cells.
University of Colorado Cancer Center found that bitter melon stops pancreatic cancer cells from metabolizing glucose. This works because cancer cells need sugar to survive. Daily consumption of bitter melon juice was found to reduce pancreatic cancer risk by 60%.
Bitter melon also displays cytotoxic activity. It contains a ribosome inhibiting protein (RIP) that induces apoptosis in prostate cancer cells. It also prevents the spread of cancer.In fact, mice fed bitter melon extract had a 51% reduction of cancer proliferation. And these studies aren’t alone, the NIH reports that several groups of investigators have reported that treatment of bitter-melon-related products in a number of cancer cell lines induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis without affecting normal cell growth. The fruit has also shown positive results in treating leukemia, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, breat cancer and squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) .Ratna Ray, Ph.D., professor of pathology at SLU hopes to continue to investigate the use of bitter melon for cancer treatment. Who knows, perhaps in a few years cancer patients will be given juicers instead of chemotherapy.