Bitter Melon Tea Bitter melon is scientifically known as Momordica charantia. Bitter melon at times is referred to as bitter gourd. It is a common food item in Asia, South America and the Middle East. The plant is called kuguazi in China, nigai uri in Japan, karela in India, ampalaya in the Philippines and amargoso in South America.
Clinical findings indicate that the fruit and seed contain a concentration of active principals that help maintain normal glucose oxidation. Scientific research conclude that bitter melon promotes normal beta cell function of the pancreas. These active principles include charantin and an insulin-like protein referred to as polypeptide-P, or plant insulin. Clinical data can be easily researched through the internet by searching for bitter melon. Index Medicus/PubMed also includes numerous medical publications about diabetes and the anti-diabetic properties of bitter melon.
The bitter melon fruit derived its name from the plants’ quick tendency of turning bitter. The fruit requires delicate handling to remain succulent. Herbal Tea Enterprises under the brand name HRBS uses only farm grown fruits. No genetically modified plant is ever used by the company. No chemicals, additive or preservative is added. The tea is also caffeine free. To insure quality and effectiveness, the fruit is immediately processed, within 24 hours after harvest. This immediate processing locks in the active principles and nutrients. At the same time the fresh quality of the fruit is preserved. Thus the natural aroma quite noticeably in HRBS bitter melon tea.
The leaves, fruit and seed of the bitter melon plant can all be processed into tea. The leaves are more commonly available in stores. However, it is the fruit and seed that contain the highest concentration of anti-diabetic properties.