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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
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