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Bitter Melon

What Should I Know About It?

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Updated August 02, 2013

What is Bitter Melon?

Latin name: Momordica charantia

Bitter melon is a fruit that can be found in many Asian grocery stores. As its name suggests, the fruit tastes very bitter. It's also available in liquid extract and capsule forms.

Why Do People Use Bitter Melon?

Bitter melon is used primarily for type 2 diabetes, although studies are needed to prove its effectiveness.

Related: Natural Remedies for Diabetes

Side Effects and Safety

Bitter melon is considered to be quite safe, as it's widely consumed as a food in Asia.

Side effects may include stomach pain and diarrhea.

Possible Interactions

Bitter melon may decrease blood sugar and insulin levels, so it shouldn't be combined with diabetes medication or any other medication that affects blood sugar unless under a doctor's supervision.

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