Pancreatic cancer is one of the most serious forms of cancers to treat because it is often detected late, leaving very little time for treatment. Many cancerous tumors have insulin receptors that are triggered by glucose in cancer cells, helping them to grow and divide. Studies have shown that insulin stimulates the growth of pancreatic cancer cells depending on the dose, bitter melon has been proven to be able to regulate insulin levels, which could help prevent pancreatic cancer.
Bitter melon, Latin name momordica charantia, is one of the plants which legendary popularity justify scientific research. This plant grows in abundance in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. It is traditionally used for the treatment of diabetes and other diseases.
Studies have shown that bitter melon juice kills the cancer cells of the pancreas. Active ingredients of the juice of bitter melon disrupt glucose metabolism in cancer cells, and starve them, denying them the necessary sugar.
In fact, in a study conducted on rodents, it was used the juice of bitter melon. It was used in two ways: directly on the cell cultures or by the frozen ground but into a fine powder, which was later used for feeding rodents.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most serious forms of cancers to treat because it is often detected late, leaving very little time for treatment. Many cancerous tumors have insulin receptors that are triggered by glucose in cancer cells, helping them to grow and divide. Studies have shown that insulin stimulates the growth of pancreatic cancer cells depending on the dose, and it has been proven that bitter melon is able to regulate the level of insulin that could help in the prevention of pancreatic cancer.
Research at the University of Colorado was led by Dr. Rajesh Agarwal. There were researched the effects of bitter melon on four different cell lines of pancreas carcinoma (in vitro) and in mice. For in vivo testing, the mice were injected with tumor cells of the pancreas and were randomly divided into two groups. One group of mice received water, and the control group was given the bitter melon juice, all for six weeks.
At the end, the results showed that the juice of bitter melon not only inhibited the cancer cells but induced more apoptosis (programmed cell death). The juice prevents the spread of leukemia and neuroblastoma – neuroendocrine tumor – and increases immune cell function in people suffering from cancer. Besides that, the juice activated AMPK, suggesting that interferes with glucose metabolism and literally starving the cancer cells, leaving them without sugar. After mice were fed with frozen juice powder, there was a 64 percent reduction. Action is therefore similar to the chemotherapy (52% after 18 days), which is prescribed for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, but without visible side effects.
In addition to this effect on cancer cells, the juice of bitter melon…
– Protects against malaria
– Acting antiviral
– Relieves digestive ailments
– Helps with diabetes
– Promotes weight loss
– Destroys intestinal parasites
– Accelerates healing of burns
Note: Consumption of melon juice is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, due to substances from plants that operate on uterine contractions and transmitted through milk.
If you want to cook the tea of bitter melon you have to use green or yellow melon. At the same time, not only the fruit but also the leaves can be used for preparation of a tea.