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Karela (BitterGourd): Fact or Fiction?

Karela (BitterGourd): Fact or Fiction?
Effect of karela (bittergourd) in diabetes is contentious. On using up of karela juice, benedict test for sugar in the urine gives a fake report. Thus in spite of high blood sugar, urine examination after karela gives a false negative reaction. How ever 50-ml raw karela juice improves blood glucose tolerance in non-insulin dependent diabetics.
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  • The Myth:

  • If you are diabetic, eating karela will help your condition by lowering your blood glucose levels.

  • The Facts:

  • Karela has long been used in the Sub-Continent to treat diabetes. The health action group Diabetes UK states that when consumed in significant quantities, it can in fact lower blood glucose levels. However, the group warns that you must tell your doctor you are using the vegetables so it can be considered part of your treatment. There has also been concern recently about the advertising of karela capsules which diabetes UK claims could prove misleading.

  • This is because it is difficult to consume enough of the tablets for them to have a significant beneficial effect. Also, the health implication of taking karela capsules is unknown as there has been no research into their long-term effects. Therefore, eating Karela on its own is fine but the capsules are not recommended until more evidence is available. For further information contract Diabetes UK on 02076366112.

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  1. bitter gourd should be included in daily food for management of blood sugar among diabetics. Capsules made from extract of bitter gourd is also found to be very helpful. However it should be noted that Karela is having Tikta (Pungent) and Katu (Bitter) and its Post digestive effect is Katu (Bitter). Any imbalance in Rasa (According to Ayurveda there are six Rasa : Madhura , Amla , Lavana, Katu, Tikta

    on Feb 14 2014 4:36AM Report Abuse SATYEN
  2. I am not a diabetic but I eat about4 Karels a week. I have seen a specific K Pill do miracles for 2 of my diabetic friends. I believe a lot of Karela and Gymenema Sylvestre is the CURE for early Diabetes II.

    on Aug 5 2012 12:02AM Report Abuse DARRELL
  3. My grand mother and now my mother , they have been using karela to control diabetes for a long time, they never took insulin, they simply boiled it a bit and drank the juce with a little salt added, i swear by the karela, and have it myself altho I do not have diabetes. Modern medicines always want to debunk the fact that there are herbal cures known to us for a long time , If they agree how will the pharma companies make money?

    on Oct 28 2011 10:39PM Report Abuse Guest
  4. karela is very effective in controlling blood sugar. however, because of the taste of the karela, people find it difficult to drink the juice or eat the karela for medicinal purpose, what i have done is - cut the karels into small, bite size pieces and soak them in vinegar and a little salt - take a few pieces with your meal or whenever blood sugar is high. in this way, the bitterness of the karela is not so strong. during the day when i am in the kitchen, i just take a few pieces out of the bottle and munch on it.

    on Apr 16 2011 3:25PM Report Abuse SHANAAZ

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