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About Ampalaya

About Ampalaya - Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia Linn)

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key compounds found in Ampalaya

Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Momordica
Species: charantia

Ampalaya, also known as Bitter Melon, is a crawling vine that grows well in tropical countries, particularly in the Philippines. The term Ampalaya refers to both the plant and its fruit, which is elongated, green and has a rough and rumpled skin. Known for its bitter taste, the Ampalaya is at once a staple ingredient in Filipino and Asian cuisine and a reliable home remedy for various illnesses, particularly diabetes.

Ampalaya has long been a popular part of many Asian vegetable dishes. Though notorious for its bitter taste, Ampalaya is rich in iron, potassium, beta-carotene and other nutrients. But aside from its role as a healthy food, Ampalaya is especially valued by diabetics for its known anti-diabetes properties. The traditional remedy is made by pounding the raw fruits of Ampalaya into a bitter liquid, or by boiling the leaves and fruits for a few minutes, the resulting water then drank as a herbal tea.

Ampalaya has the most documented scientific reports that cite its blood sugar-lowering benefit. Research worldwide since the 1960s cites the plant’s key compounds, notably polypeptide-P, a plant insulin known to lower blood sugar levels. The plant’s insulin-like benefits have long-been enjoyed by many diabetics, who include Ampalaya as part of their daily diet, either eaten as a vegetable or taken as a tea. With the traditional use supported by modern scientific validation of the plant’s benefits, the Ampalaya is the single most promising plant/herb for diabetes today.

Ampalaya’s anti-diabetic property validated by two qualified experts:

2004
Momordica charantia L. fruits, leaves, seeds and other parts, when used as dry powders, extracts, decoctions, fresh or cooled, have clearly demonstrated hypoglycemic activity both in vitro and in vivo.

Dr. William D. Torres, PhD
former Director, Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs MS Pharmacognosy, PhD Biopharmaceutics University of Mississippi, USA

1996
Oral administration of fruit juice or seed powder of Ampalaya causes a reduction in fasting blood glucose and improves glucose tolerance.

A. Raman, PhD and C. Lau, PhD
Pharmacognosy Research Laboratories Departmentof Pharmacy King’s College London, United Kingdom

Now you can enjoy Ampalaya’s blood-sugar lowering benefits in a pleasant-tasting tea.

While science has proven that Ampalaya or Bitter Melon contains anti-diabetic properties, transforming the raw fruits into a finished product may alter or diminish the plant’s benefit through the manufacturing process. This study, which used Charantia itself as the tea in subjects, confirms that our product has preserved health benefits of Ampalaya. Every time you drink Charantia, rest assured you are taking in 100% Ampalaya goodness.

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Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine

“Ampalaya fruit prepared as a tea is well- tolerated and may be a useful dietary adjunct in the treatment of type-2 diabetes. It has minor gastrointestinal side effects of increased bowel frequency but beneficial to those diabetic patients who are constipated.”
R. Rosales, MD and R. Fernando, MD

An inquiry into the Hypoglycemic Action of Momordica Charantia among type-2 diabetic patients Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine, 39:213-216, July-August 2001

Ampalaya Studies