The amazing nutritional value of karela is:-
Bitter gourd/karela is also rich in antioxidants such as gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin and chlorogenic acid which are all obtained from karela, which aids to keep us free from a number of diseases.
The amazing benefits of Karela(Bitter Gourd) are:-
Very Good For Diabetics
Bitter gourd/karela normally has a compound that functions similarly to insulin. This particular compound works well as it effectively reduces the blood glucose levels in both type I and type II diabetes. Consuming a glass of karela juice is so effective to the extent that diabetes patients need to reduce the dosage of their medicines.
Very Good For The Skin And Hair
Karela is greatly rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C, which are good for the skin. They work by reducing ageing and fighting acne and skin blemishes. Karela is very useful in treating various skin infections such as psoriasis, ringworms and itching. Consumption of karela juice adds lustre to the hair and treats dandruff and an itchy scalp hair loss and split-ends.
Bitter gourd/karela is very liver friendly and detoxifies the body.The liver is the organ in our body which detoxifies the body.It does this through boosting the liver enzymes and is a good cure for a hangover because it reduces alcohol deposits on the liver. The bladder and the gut also greatly benefit from karela consumption.
Good For Digestive Health
Karela is full of dietary fibre that is essential as it helps in improving one's bowel movement. It works in relieving constipation and treating any stomach issues.
Improving Cardiac Health
Bitter gourd reduces the LDL which is the bad cholesterol and decreases the risk of suffering from a heart attack. These dietary fibre also aids in unclogging the arteries.
Karela greatly boosts the body's immunity and prevents infections and allergies. One of its most significant benefits is that it effectively fights cancer. It does this through working against the proliferation of cancer cells and stopping the formation of tumours . The regular consumption of bitter gourd significantly reduces the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer .
Karela helps in weight loss as it is fibre-rich and low in calories. It halts the formation and growth of adipose cells which are the cells that store fat in the body. It greatly improves one's metabolism and the antioxidants aid in detoxifying the body leading to the reduction in fat.
Heals Wounds Faster
Karela has amazing great healing properties. It works in controlling the flow of blood and the clotting of blood that helps in the quicker healing of wounds and a reduction in getting infections.
Energising The Body
The regular consumption of karela remarkably improves the body’s stamina and energy levels. It aids in improving a person's sleep quality and in reducing sleep problems like insomnia.
Benefitting The Eyes
Karela is highly rich in vitamin A that is an important nutrient in preventing cataract and strengthening vision. It even lightens dark circles.
Precautions To Take
Karela should be taken in moderation when it comes to warding off diarrhoea and stomach aches. Pregnant women should also avoid consuming karela and its seeds as it leads to uterine contractions which are harmful.
Children should not be given the red seeds of Karela as it can lead to pain in the stomach and loss of motion in them.
Karela should be consumed in moderation by people who are diabetic as an excessive consumption can drastically lower the blood sugar levels in people who are already on medications for diabetes.
Karela can be juiced out raw and consumed in juice form for immense health benefits.
In Kenya,Karela is available in markets such as Marikiti Market.
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