High blood sugar will cause complications in the eyes, nerves, blood vessels, brain, heart… and form chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure… Foods that can help lower blood sugar well, must be the first name many people think of.
Bitter gourd contains an insulin-like compound called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin, which has been shown to aid in natural blood sugar control. According to a 2011 study, published in the Journal Ethnopharmacolgy, drinking bitter melon juice for 4 weeks can significantly reduce blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Besides, the nutrients in bitter melon are also very good in supporting the prevention and treatment of some chronic diseases.
According to general physician Bui Dac Sang (Hanoi Oriental Medicine Association), in Oriental medicine, bitter melon has a bitter taste, cool properties, the use of cooling heat, eliminating phlegm, brightening eyes, cooling blood, laxative, laxative, and tonic. kidney, nourishing blood, diuretic, eliminating toxic heat, anti-fatigue.
Although bitter melon has many good effects on health, but because this fruit has many medicinal properties, physician Bui Dac Sang recommends that the following 4 groups of people should not eat bitter melon.
1. People with low blood pressure
According to the physician, bitter melon contains charantin, Polypeptid-P and Vicine that have the ability to lower blood sugar, leading to a drop in blood pressure, so people with a history of low blood pressure should not use bitter melon.
2. People with digestive system problems
According to general physician Bui Dac Sang, if abused, eating too much bitter melon can adversely affect digestion, causing diarrhea, affecting the stomach. Doctors advise people who are suffering from digestive diseases not to eat a lot of bitter melon, if they can abstain, the better.
Herbalist Sang said, bitter melon can cause uterine contractions, bleeding and lead to miscarriage. In addition, pregnant women who eat a lot of bitter melon can irritate the uterus and lead to premature birth. Women who are breastfeeding should also not eat bitter melon because some of the unhealthy ingredients can be passed through breast milk.
4. People who have just had surgery
General practitioner Bui Dac Sang said that eating bitter melon right after surgery will interfere with the patient’s blood sugar control. It is best to stop eating bitter melon for at least 2 weeks before and after surgery.
Note when eating bitter melon
– You need to avoid drinking tea right after eating bitter melon lest it affect the stomach.
– Do not combine bitter melon with seafood such as shrimp, crab … because bitter melon contains vitamin C, when combined with arsenic in seafood can cause unpleasant reactions, more severe will form arsenic causing poisoning poison.