Bitter Melon – The Number One Melon For Diabetes

Bitter Melon – The Number One Melon For Diabetes


Bitter Melon – The Number One Melon For Diabetes

July 1st, 2013 - by Vicky Chan


 Bitter Melon

Li Shizhen (1518 -1593), one of the greatest Chinese doctors, scientists, herbalists and acupuncturists in history ranked bitter melon as the number one melon on earth in his renowned medical textbook, the Compendium of Medical Herbs (1596).

He described bitter melon as cool in nature, bitter in taste and with proven healing properties of expelling evil heat, sharpening vision, improving liver function, promoting heart health and expelling toxic effects in the body.

In recent years, western medical science has confirmed the effectiveness of bitter melon in controlling viral diseases, regulating metabolism and transporting glucose from the blood into the cells, therefore reducing the body’s blood sugar levels. That is why bitter melon is most beneficial to people with diabetes.

Bitter melon is also known to cure a large number of ailments including stomach complaints, skin problems, type 1 herpes simplex virus, measles and chickenpox.

With the many health benefits of bitter melon, it has long been in use by many cultures around the world as home remedies. It is important for people today to know about it and eat more for good health. However, because of its distinctive bitter taste, not too many people really like to eat them. To make them less bitter, it is important to clean out the seeds and white membrane in the middle completely. Cutting them thinly or blanching them in hot water for a couple of minutes before cooking can definitely help. The best approach is to combine bitter melon with meat or seafood to make them delicious. We have many recipes in our website (www.nourishu.com) using them for treating various ailments.

Here is a quick and easy recipe to make a delicious dish. It is most palatable and even welcome by children. It is best for preventing and treating diabetes.

 

Bitter Melon Omelette with Goji-berries

and Enoki Mushroom


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THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:

Detoxifies, clears internal heat and regulates blood sugar.

INGREDIENTS: 


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  • Bitter melon 涼瓜– one
  • Enoki Mushroom 金針菇 – one package
  • Goji-berry – one to two table spoons
  • Chopped scallion and coriander– one spoon each
  • Egg – two to three
  • Sugar, salt, cooking wine, sesame oil

DIRECTIONS:

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1.   Wash bitter melon, cut into halves lengthwise, and remove seeds and white membrane with a spoon. Cut each half lengthwise once again into two. Then slice melon thinly, season with one spoon of salt for about 10 minutes and rinse.

2.   Cut out stem of enoki mushroom. Cut the rest into short sections and soak with plenty of water for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse and strain.

3.   Soak goji-berries for 15 minutes, change water a couple of times and strain.

4.   Beat eggs in a bowl with one spoon of cooking wine and one spoon of sesame oil.

5.   Warm two spoon of oil in a non-stick pan; add bitter melon to stir fry for a couple of minutes. Then add one spoon of salt and sugar and about half cup of water and let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes to melon is tender with little water left.

6.  Add enoki mushroom, goji-berries, scallion and coriander and stir to combine and let it cook for a few minutes.

7.   Add half of the egg mixture to the cooking and let it brown slightly on one side. Then flip over, add the remaining egg mixture and brown the other side. Add more oil to the cooking if necessary. When it is evenly brown, it is ready to serve.

USAGE:

No limitation. It is best to serve with rice.


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