Karela is an effective Ayurvedic herb for controlling diabetes and blood sugar, it also increases metabolism. Karela is used in India, Southeast Asia and china in the diet apart from using as remedy for the diabetes.



Karela Health Benefits*

Karela is an effective Ayurvedic herb for controlling diabetes and blood sugar, it also increases metabolism.Karela is an effective Ayurvedic herb for controlling diabetes and blood sugar, it also increases metabolism. Karela is used in India, Southeast Asia and china in the diet apart from using as remedy for the diabetes.*

Karela also known as ‘Bitter Gourd’, or ‘Bitter Melon’, contains Gurmarin (polypeptide), which is known for its inhibitive action on neural response towards sweet taste stimulus produced when we eat sweet food or fruits high in sugar content. Regular intake of Karela significantly helps in reducing the glucose level in blood and body.*

Karela contains mixture of alkaloids, insulin like peptide and charantin (steroidal saponins), all of these have hypoglycaemic properties which work directly to lower the blood sugar and benefits significantly in diabetes mellitus (for both in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes).*

Karela is found to have at least 32 kinds of active constituents including lutein, Gaba, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Karela is also rich source of iron and contains twice the amount of calcium found in spinach, twice beta carotene found in broccoli, twice amount of potassium compared to bananas. Karela is also a good source of phosphorus, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, B2, B3 and vitamin C.*

  • Used for blood purification.*
  • Promotes blood sugar level in blood.*
  • Helps to maintain good digestion, improves constipation and hemorrhoids.*
  • Contains insulin and is very good for liver functioning.*
  • Promotes natural metabolism.*
  • Helps in regulating cholesterol in blood and liver.*
  • Boosts body’s immune system.*
  • Contains polypeptides (like Gurmarin), which acts like bovine insulin
  • Acts as detoxifier.*
  • Helps with bacterial infections.*
  • Rich source of Iron, Calcium, Potassium and other Vitamins.*
  • Its bitterness is very effective in removing the worm infestation.*


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Karela in Ayurveda

Clinical Studies and Researches on Karela

In Ayurveda, Karela herb is used heavily for its beneficiary actions on body. The herb is considered as antibilious , emetic, stomachic, laxative and stimulant. Several studies have shown it to be extremely good for maintaining normal glucose levels in the blood and urine. That’s why very effective treatment for diabetes.*

In Ayurveda, Karela herb is used as Pitta and Kapha Dosha suppressant. Karela helps in cooling body, hence acts to suppress the skin problems caused when excess of Pitta in body. Karela also helps to normalize digestive track & helps to improve the peristaltic movement in body because of its Rasa properties. In Ayurveda, Karela has been used in treating diabetes due to its regulating action on blood sugar.*

In Ayurveda, Karela’s properties (Gunna) are light and dry (Laghu and Ruksh). The taste (Rasa) is bitter or pungent (Katu). The potency (Virya) is hot (Ushan).*


Other Names For Karela

Latin Name – Momordica Charantia
Common Name – Bitter Gourd, Bitter Melon, Papailla.

Karela (Momordica charantia) can normally be eaten as a vegetable in food diet, unlike other herbs which are taken in small quantity. In Fact, you can find many websites where Bitter Melon (Karela) is suggested as a new unique fruit or vegetable for good nutrition. Health Canada website has specially mentioned about Bitter Melon in the Feb-2008 issue.*
Karela is now scientifically tested to have 3 groups of constituents which are responsible for the blood sugar regulating action. The first compound is Charantin, which has mixed steroids, and is found to be effective than tolbutamide, the oral hypoglycaemic medicine, for reducing the blood sugar levels. The second compound is polypeptide P, which is like insulin polypeptide, effective in lowering the blood sugar in type-1 diabetes (insulin dependent). The third group are alkaloids present in the Karela which also have shown the blood sugar regulating effect. Researches are going on to find which one of these three compounds is the most effective on lowering blood sugar , or if they all work in synergy with each other. Karela has been tested to report increase in number of the beta cells, these cells then improve the production of insulin in body, and then insulin promote uptake of sugar by tissues and cells.*

Indian scientist conducted one study in 1999 to examine Karela’s effect on people with diabetes (type-2). For 2 days, the 100 participant’s sugar levels were measured in fasting state after drinking glucose. Each participant took 200 mi of Karela on 2nd day. Researchers found that 86% of participants were tested more then 14 percent dropping in the sugar level in blood.*

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