Indian diet contains a strongly flavored vegetable Bitter Gourd also known as Karela in Hindi. Although it is not appreciated for its taste by few, Karela juice has been known to have antidiabetic significance.
Here are a few studies to reinforce this point:
The effect of karela (Momordica charantia) was observed on glucose and insulin concentrations in nine non-insulin-dependent diabetes patients and six non-diabetic laboratory rats. Results indicated that juice of karela significantly reduced blood glucose concentrations during a 50 g oral glucose tolerance test in the patients with diabetes and the rats that were fed same.
It was also noted that common delicacy the fried karela preparation eaten daily also showed a small but significant improvement in glucose tolerance. The researchers claimed that this improvement in glucose tolerance was not associated with an increase in serum insulin responses. The study clearly indicated that karela juice is good supplemental antidote as it improves glucose tolerance in diabetes.
It is very important to understand that Karela juice can also cause hypoglycemia effects. It is best to had immediately before breakfast. The dosage can be decided by your diabetes educator.(Source: British Medical Journal (Clin Res Ed) 1981;282:1823)
The substances that are potent for the antidiabetic properties in karela are charantin, vicine and polypeptide p. (Nutrition Reviews, Volume 64, Issue 7, 1 July 2006, Pages 331–337)
The BEATO is a diabetes care and management service provider. Along with counseling and diagnostic tests, the team has reinvented the way we treat diabetes diet. The Karela vinegar is a offered at cost effective prices and amazing tastes as one of the product ranges by BEATO.
Karela Vinegar is a processed extract from natural raw bitter gourd that is fermented with Arjuna wood. The 50ml bottle containing Karela juice fermented to 5% acidity costs 249 INR only. It has no preservatives, sugar or additives. Diabetes educator at BEATO advice is to take about a tablespoon along with a glass of water and consume on empty stomach every morning before breakfast. It can be stored in refrigerator for 45 days without spoilage.
Content support by Tina Khanna
Certified BeatO Diabetes Educator