When it comes to nutrition, karela is one of the best vegetables. The reason behind the name of this vegetable is simple, the extreme bitter taste. So, you can say that many people might avoid having Bitter gourd because of the extremely bitter taste but they do not know the benefits of this vegetable.
Therefore, today we will discuss some of the health benefits of bitter gourd. There are many ways in Indian cooking that help to reduce the bitter taste and make it delicious (much more bearable) to eat.
Also, food is more about what your system needs than always satisfying your tongue. And, maybe that is why this vegetable is popularly used in cooking because the benefits of karela come out bigger than anything else.
What is Inside the Karela (bitter gourd)?
Bitter gourd contains essential nutrients like iron, zinc, high dietary fibre, folate, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.
Also, bitter gourd is rich in vitamins like vitamins B3, B1, C, and B2. This beneficial for people with calcium deficiency because bitter gourd contains two times more calcium than spinach.
If you have guts, there is one more option for you to get the maximum level of antioxidants and vitamins and that is to have karela juice.
5 Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd:
1. Purifies your blood:
Karela juice has properties that are helpful to purify your blood and cure blood-related issues. The powerful antioxidants in karela help to remove the toxins from your body. This process further helps to get rid of skin problems like acne, rashes, blood boils, and psoriasis. The bitter gourd will reduce the risk of cancerous cells and prevent you from various health issues.
2. Lose those extra calories:
Karela or karela juice is helps you to reduce weight. Bitter gourd helps to improve your metabolism rate. And even if you have 100g of karela, you do not have to worry about the calories because it has only 17 calories.
3. Boost your immunity:
Bitter gourds are rich in vitamin-c along with other vitamins that help to improve your immunity. A person who wants good immunity should definitely add karela to his/her diet. Bitter gourd is a key to a healthy body and having karela helps to improve your digestion process by stimulating the immune system.
4. Excellent for diabetic patients:
The reason bitter gourd is good for diabetic people because the polypeptide P (an insulin-like protein) helps to lower the blood sugar level. Therefore, it is advisable for diabetic people to include bitter gourd in their meals for many health benefits.
5. Get rid of acne problem:
Many people, both male and female, face acne problem, and try so many skin-care products to get rid of the problem. But, when the source of the problem is inside, it is difficult to treat the problem from outside. No matter how many skin-care products you use, if you really want to get rid of the acne problem you need to start with the food. Bitter gourd is an amazing option to treat acne problem or any type of skin infection and blemishes.
After knowing the benefits of bitter gourd you must be clear, why your parents and grandparents always insisted to have karela. When it comes to food, always choose nutrition over the taste bird and if you are blessed with excellent cooking skill, you can have both taste and nutrition in one meal.