Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info
Bitter melon

Bitter Melon Is a Safe and Effective Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Sunday, April 20, 2008 by: Tom Mosakowski
Tags: bitter melon, health news, Natural News

Most Viewed Articles

(NewsTarget) The mechanism by which bitter melon effectively treats Type 2 diabetes has been revealed by researchers.

The bitter melon is a nontoxic vegetable that has long been an important part of traditional Chinese medicine. Despite tasting very bitter, the melon is widely consumed as a food in Asia. The melon has evolved bitter compounds over time to help it evade consumption by animals.

From the pulp of the bitter melon, the researchers isolated four bioactive compounds that all stimulate the human enzyme AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase). It is well known that this protein has a role in regulating metabolism and glucose utilization.

Glucose is the main fuel of the body's cells. After a meal, glucose derived from the food is circulated in the blood and goes on to be stored in the liver and to promote growth of cells, organs, bone and muscle. When a person has not eaten for some time, the amount of glucose circulating in the blood is low. In order to fuel bodily functions, glucose is released from storage in the liver and as fasting/starvation continues, body fat and protein become a fuel source. This is quite unhealthy if allowed to continue.

Type 2 diabetes manifests itself as a high concentration of glucose circulating in the blood (hyperglycemia) due to an impaired ability of cells to take up glucose. This occurs in people partly because they don't produce enough insulin, which promotes glucose uptake, and partly because their cells have developed "insulin resistance", the inability to use the available insulin effectively.

The researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica have shown that the efficacy of treating Type 2 diabetes with bitter melon is no longer supported by merely anecdotal stories.

Chemical compounds in bitter melon activate AMPK which promotes the movement of glucose transporters to the surface of cells. More transporters on cells' surfaces increase the uptake of glucose from circulation in the blood into tissues of the body, such as muscle, thus lowering blood sugar levels.

Exercise is an effective method of activating AMPK with the same result. It is recommended for normal treatment of Type 2 diabetes.

Some diabetes drugs on the market have the same beneficial effect as bitter melon and may be a more convenient treatment to take regularly, but they often result in unwanted side effects and severe complications when combined with other medications. Bitter melon's side effects are rare and it has been used for hundreds of years by practitioners of Chinese medicine.

Some of the compounds found in the bitter melon were not known to exist. The mechanism of AMPK activation by the compounds may proceed via a pathway that is different from that of modern Type 2 diabetes pharmaceuticals. Either this novel pathway or the unique combination of compounds in bitter melon may be why the vegetable is generally a safe treatment.

Bitter melon is found in many Asian grocery stores. It is also sold in liquid extract and capsule form.

About the author

Tom Mosakowski, B.S. Biochemistry.

Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...

comments powered by Disqus

Science News & Studies
Medicine News and Information
Food News & Studies
Health News & Studies
Herbs News & Information
Pollution News & Studies
Cancer News & Studies
Climate News & Studies
Survival News & Information
Gear News & Information
News covering technology, stocks, hackers, and more

Get alerted on heavy metals and pesticide test results for foods and supplements

Natural News is about to begin releasing lab test results for off-the-shelf food, supplement and pet food products, covering heavy metals, nutritive minerals, pesticides and herbicides. These details will be released exclusively to Natural News email newsletter subscribers (FREE) and will NOT be publicly posted on the website. To be alerted, join our free email newsletter now, and watch for lab test results in the weeks ahead.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don't use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the 'net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook.

Once you click subscribe, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free subscription.