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Green Apple Bitter Melon Juice: Curbs Sugar Spikes After Breakfast

Have you ever heard about blood sugar spikes? They’re when your blood glucose levels suddenly shoots up after you eat, especially in the morning.

This can make you feel tired or even sick if it happens too often.

But guess what? There’s a natural way to help keep those levels under control: Apple Bitter Melon Juice.

This may sound a little strange, but bitter melon is a super ingredient when it comes to helping manage blood sugar spikes after breakfast.

Let’s quickly jump into why this juice is awesome and how you can make it yourself.

Why Apple Bitter Melon Juice?

You might be wondering, What’s special about apple bitter melon juice?

Well, let’s break it down.

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is a green, bumpy green vegetable that’s packed with nutrients.

Even though it’s called bitter melon for a reason (it’s pretty bitter!), and it’s super good for you.

Research suggest bitter melon contains compounds that act like insulin.

Bitter melon has charantins, which are steroidal saponins.

These along with other components such as insulin-like peptides and alkaloids are believed to contribute to its blood sugar lowering effects.

There is some evidence that bitter melon may help with managing blood sugar, but it’s not entirely conclusive.

Several studies have shown that eating bitter melon can lead to reductions in fasting blood sugar, postprandial glucose, and HbA1c levels. [1, 2]

Studies often involved participants with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Here’s one example:

Effect of Momordica charantia on Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes (Published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2011) [3, 4]

This study involved 88 participants with type 2 diabetes. Participants were divided into three different groups: one received a placebo, another received 1,000 mg of bitter melon powder daily, and the last group received 2,000 mg of bitter melon powder daily.

Results of the study showed that both bitter melon groups showed a significant decrease in fasting blood sugar levels, as compared to the placebo group.

The 2,000 mg group had more reduction than the 1,000 mg group.

However, the reduction in blood sugar wasn’t as significant as that achieved with standard diabetes medication, such as the metformin used as a reference point in the study.

There’s also a conflicting evidence about the effects of bitter melon on blood sugar. Here are a few studies:

  • A 2023 meta-analysis concluded that the evidence for bitter melon’s effect on blood sugar is inconclusive.[5] This analysis highlighted variations in study design and dosage, making it difficult to draw definitive conclusions.
  • Another review pointed out that some studies showed promise, but the reductions in blood sugar levels weren’t as significant as those achieved with standard diabetic medications.[6]

Researchers are still looking into whether bitter melon can really help with blood sugar. Some studies show it might, but others aren’t so sure.

More research is needed to know if bitter melon really works and how much we need to use for it to be most effective.

Apples

We’re combining the bitter melon with green apples for some extra sweetness.

Apples are full of fiber and vitamins that helps keep your blood sugar levels within a normal range without causing spikes.

Plus, they taste great, which helps balance out the bitterness of the melon.

Apple Bitter Melon Juice: The Perfect Combo

When you mix apples and bitter melon together, you get a drink that’s both tasty and really good at keeping your blood sugar levels normal.

So, how does this juice help curb blood sugar spikes? Researchers have found that both bitter melon and apples help your body use sugar better, so it doesn’t just stay in your blood and cause spikes.

There have been studies showing that people who drink bitter melon juice have better blood sugar levels.

Adding apples just makes it tastier and adds more health benefits.

Ready to make your own apple bitter melon juice? Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • 1 medium bitter melon (cut in half, seeds removed)
  • 1 green apple (chopped)
  • 1 lemon (optional, for a tangy twist)
  • 1-2 teaspoons forever bee honey (optional, if you want the juice a bit sweeter)
  • 1 cup water (optional, to adjust the consistency)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Bitter Melon
    • Wash the bitter melon well.
    • Cut it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and white parts.
    • Chop it into small pieces.
  2. Prepare the Apples
    • Wash the apples.
    • Core and chop them into pieces.
  3. Juicing
    • If you have a juicer, put the chopped bitter melon and apples in and juice them.
    • If you’re using a blender, add the bitter melon and apples with 1 cup of water. Blend until smooth.
  4. Optional Steps
    • Squeeze in the lemon juice if you like it tangy.
    • Add forever bee honey if you want it sweeter.
  5. Strain (if necessary): If you used a blender, strain the juice to remove any pulp.
  6. Serve: Pour the juice into a glass. Add ice if you like it cold. Stir well and enjoy.

Tips:

  • For a sweeter juice, you can use a sweeter apple variety like Fuji or Gala.
  • If you find the juice is still too bitter, add a bit of forever bee honey to taste (if you’re not diabetic).
  • Fresh ginger adds a nice touch to this juice.
  • You can add a small knob of peeled ginger with the other ingredients.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I drink Apple Bitter Melon Juice?

  • You can drink it a few times a week, especially after breakfast, to help control your blood sugar.

Is it safe for everyone?

  • Yes, but it’s always a good idea to ask a doctor, especially if you have any health conditions.

Are there any side effects?

  • Not really, but some people might find bitter melon too bitter. That’s why we add apples.

Can I make other juices for managing blood sugar?

Takeaway

Apple bitter melon juice is a fantastic way to help control your blood sugar spikes, especially after breakfast.

It’s healthy and easy to make. Give it a try, and see how it makes you feel.

Don’t forget to share your experience with friends and family. Who knows, you might start a new healthy trend.

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References:

  • Momordica charantia (bitter melon) efficacy and safety on glucose metabolism in Korean prediabetes participants: a 12-week, randomized clinical study [read]
    • Authors: Bukyung Kim, Hak Sung Lee, Hye-Jin Kim, Hyolynn Lee, In-young Lee, Soyoung Ock, Sukyoung Kwon, Sang-Soo Kang, and Youngsik Choi.
    • Published in: Food Sci Biotechnol. 2023 Apr; 32(5): 697–704. Published online 2022 Dec 14. doi: 10.1007/s10068-022-01214-9
  • The Effects of Momordica charantia on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Alzheimer’s Disease [read]
    • Authors: Erika Richter, Thangiah Geetha, Donna Burnett, Tom L. Broderick, and Jeganathan Ramesh Babu.
    • Published in: Int J Mol Sci. 2023 Mar; 24(5): 4643. Published online 2023 Feb 28. doi: 10.3390/ijms24054643
  • The Effect of Momordica charantia in the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus: A Review [read]
    • Authors: Zhuo Liu, Jing Gong, Wenya Huang, Fuer Lu, and Hui Dong.
    • Published in: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2021; 2021: 3796265. Published online 2021 Jan 16. doi: 10.1155/2021/3796265
  • Treatment with extracts of Momordica charantia and Eugenia jambolana prevents hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia in fructose fed rats [read]
    • Authors: Vikrant, J.K. Grover, N. Tandon, S.S. Rathi, N. Gupta.
    • Published in: Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Volume 76, Issue 2, July 2001, Pages 139-143
  • Antidiabetic effects of Momordica charantia (bitter melon) and its medicinal potency [read]
    • Authors: Baby Joseph and D Jini.
    • Published in: Asian Pac J Trop Dis. 2013 Apr; 3(2): 93–102. doi: 10.1016/S2222-1808(13)60052-3
  • The metabolic effect of Momordica charantia cannot be determined based on the available clinical evidence: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials [read]
    • Authors: Eszter Laczkó-Zöld, Boglárka Csupor-Löffler, Edina-Blanka Kolcsár, Tamás Ferenci, Monica Nan, Barbara Tóth, and Dezső Csupor.
    • Published in: Front Nutr. 2023; 10: 1200801. Published online 2024 Jan 11. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2023.1200801

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