Dear visitor, this is a machine-translated article. It makes perfect sense in its original language (Czech), and is fully backed by independent scientific literature. The translation, though, is far from perfect and takes patience and imagination, if you decide to read it.

Drobečková navigace

Momordica charantia Descourt.

(Bitter gourd, toGua , Ind. Karela, angl. Bitter melon, bitter gourd)

Dried fruits of momordika
Dried fruits of momordika

Tornado Momordica ( Momordica charantia ), also a bittersweet, is a curative vegetable from the family of cucumbers ( Cucurbitaceae ). Its Chinese name toGua [To chicken] simply means "bitter pumpkin," but the bitter taste has other pumpkins - for example, the ends of garden cucumber. Momordica bitters traditionally uses diabetes and also seems to be one of the few herbs that are also effective against obesity . According to the ethnobotanical syllable Dr. Duke, this plant excels with other ingredients.

Plant description:

M. charantia belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae and does not deny its origin. It is a creepy, pumpkin-like plant with herbal shoots up to 5m long. Its tendrils are branched, leaves typically five to seven-year old, flowers of one-headed, pentacea, yellow, with clear veins. The fruit is 5-25 cm long, spindle-shaped, with a wrinkled surface, maturing yellow. The plant was introduced into practically all tropical areas.

The fruits are bitter, but when we get used to them, they will taste like beer or fernet. They can also be eaten in the raw state (the way I prefer them) and despite the bitterness they have an exceptionally fresh and pleasant flavor. In the immature state they are green and taste like a stiffer, juicy and crunchy cucumber. In the mature state, bitterness almost disappears, the skin becomes yellowish, it gets a flour consistency with a melon flavor, the pulp is colored with wine, it becomes gelatinous and gets a sweet taste. Out of season or in countries where fresh momordic can not be harvested (as in our country), it can be used as a tea.

Momordika bitter (Taiwan):

Momordika - Whole Plant (author: Boris Štítnický)
Momordika - the whole plant.
Momordika - Whole Plant (author: Boris Štítnický)
Momordika - the whole plant.
Momordika - Flower (author: Boris Štítnický)
Momordika - flower.
Momordika - Young Fetus (author: Boris Štítnický)
Momordika - a young fetus.
Momordika - Maturing Fetus (author: Boris Štítnický)
Momordika - maturing fruit.
Momordika - fetus (author: Boris Štítnický)
Momordika - fetus.

Effects of momordika

The fruits are mainly used for curative purposes, but also seeds and leaves. The main active ingredients are kukuacin J saponins, caraviloside XI, kukuaglycoside C, momordicoside QU, charantin, α-eleostearic acid and peptides, such as α-momorcharin ( Dandawate2016bmp ). Research on the content of momordic substances continues, with a large number of triterpenoids ( Zhao2014ctf , Zhang2012ctf ) being described.

Fruits are a rich source of bound form of ascorbic acid (so-called askorbigen). M. charantia also contains steroidal saponins (charantin) and glucocontic agents that have a positive effect on reducing blood sugar levels in diabetes ( Yin2008tcm ). Momordica increases the effect of insulin ( Sridhar2008bgm ).

More than 100 scientific studies (for example, Grover2004pap ) show several effects of M. charantia, of which the most important are:

Anti-cancer effects

Momordika appears to have a significant preventive and therapeutic potential for cancer . The cytostatic properties of Momordica were first described almost half a century ago ( West1971ape ). The pioneer of this research was Dolores J. Takemot of Kansas State University, which examined the effect of momordic on healthy leukocytes ( Takemoto1982pcc ), leukemia cells ( Takemoto1982cce ) and animal cancer ( Jilka1983vaa ). Dr. Takemoto described the adaptive phenomenon as a typical antagonistic (activating and inhibiting) effect of momordic on immune cells - compare her Takemoto1982pcc and Cunnick1990itc , Also Licastro1980tmc .

Since then, there have been dozens of publications describing the effect of momordic against various lines of in vitro cancer cells that are too numerous to name them. Studies for the anticancer effect in animals in vivo include Jilka1983vaa , Singh1998mcb , Ganguly2000pcm , Ganguly2000pcm , Agrawal2010cae . Anti-cancer effects also have momordicum seeds, mainly due to its α-eleostearic acid content, which accounts for up to 60% of momordicum oil ( Kobori2008aai , Grossman2009eai ). Momordiki seed oil acts on PPARγ receptors and inhibits the development of colon and rectum cancer ( Khan2007bgm ) on the experimental model. An overview of the current state of momordic research as an anticancer agent is provided by Raina2016pbm , Dandawate2016bmp and Nerurkar2010bma . Monomorphic seeds with their high content of eleostearic acid act against colon and rectal cancer . ( Kobori2008aai , Khan2007bgm ).

Momordica against obesity

Obesity is a stubborn disease . To date, no natural or artificial remedies (except poisons) have been discovered to remove obesity promptly and completely. The herbs at least a little effective against obesity is like saffron, so I think that this effect of momordika deserves a special mention.

The core of the problem of obesity

In the thickets the true meaning of the saying "hungry for the hungry" does not come true. The expert system that controls our intake of food in our brains is superior to our will. The means we manage are strong as the strongest drug addiction. Most people also do not realize how smart our built-in nutrition computer is. He is so smart that he literally "sees" most of the means to try to hunger. Caffeine, non-caloric sweeteners, or Dobersky contrast days do not help. I suspect that its systems are backed up two or three times by nerve circuits of unequal construction . (They naturally eat the plants naturally - they can not rely on the sweet taste.) The long-term management of obesity is based on the fact that we underwrite our nutritional computer and try to get where we can go without getting angry with it.

Bitter Cucumber - A new card in the game against the thickness

In rodents, lately, Momordica has been shown to reduce the amount of fat in the body of animals built with an unhealthy diet with increased fat content ( Huang2008bmm ). Momordica also reduced the amount of intrauterine fat with possible action over PPAR-γ receptors ( Shih2008emc ). The work shows that the reduction in fat content in the body of laboratory animals was accompanied by overall improvements in several indicators associated with metabolic syndrome ( Chen2005rab , Chan2005rab ).

How to use momordica

Despite its bitterness, M. charantia in the countries of its occurrence is treated like a pumpkin, served as a food supplement or made of soup. When I first gave it to me, I almost went to complain about the cook, but today I do not let her go.

Dried slices that we supply are recommended to prepare for about 5 minutes by boiling 5-6 pieces in 200 ml of water, or to add to any just hot tea for 2-5 minutes.

Otherwise, it is basically dried vegetables and should be handled accordingly - try adding, for example, a chicken broth to a particularly healthy soup. Bits of bitter pumpkin try to eat. The flesh itself is excellent, but watch out for the seeds, they have an unpleasant smell when they are blessed.

| 4.3.2009

Related articles