Bitter gourd also known as bitter gourd or karela (in India), is a unique vegetable-fruit that can be used as food or medicine. Bitter gourd is often used in making dry vegetable curries. It is also taken in the form of juice as it contains many antioxidants and essential vitamins. Bitter gourd is known to stimulate the digestive system. It relieves indigestion and constipation.
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.