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Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Online from: 1971

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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Bitter melon: an exotic vegetable with medicinal values

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Title:Bitter melon: an exotic vegetable with medicinal values
Author(s):A.H. Subratty, (Associate Professor, Department of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius), A. Gurib-Fakim, (Professor of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius), F. Mahomoodally, (Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius)
Citation:A.H. Subratty, A. Gurib-Fakim, F. Mahomoodally, (2005) "Bitter melon: an exotic vegetable with medicinal values", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 35 Iss: 3, pp.143 - 147
Keywords:Diabetes, Diet, Mauritius, Vegetables
Article type:Conceptual Paper
DOI:10.1108/00346650510594886 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – This article focuses on some of the reported medicinal values of bitter melon, an exotic vegetable forming part of the cuisine of various countries.

Design/methodology/approach – Available data in the literature strongly support the anti-hypoglycaemic properties of Bitter melon. A literature view was carried out and the data were used to validate our findings regarding the effects of extracts of Momordica charantia on uptake of sugar.

Findings – Our work adds on to the growing evidence of the anti-diabetic properties of bitter melon.

Practical implications – In view of evidence reported in the literature regarding the medicinal properties of vegetables, the importance of vegetables in a well balanced diet should therefore be strongly advocated.

Originality/value – This paper adds on to the evidence of the use of Momordica charantia as a medicinal plant in traditional medicine in the control of blood sugar level.

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