In the video below, I summarize the pros and cons of Bitter Melon (Nepatica)… And how to best use it for maximum safety and effectiveness.
“So How Effective Is Bitter Melon (Nepatica) For Improving Blood Sugar & Glucose Levels?…”
Bitter melon is a vegetable cultivated and eaten in many parts of the world, including India, Asia, Africa and South America. Bitter melon contains several chemical ingredients, including the glycosides momordin and charantin. Polypeptide P, charantin and vicine are the specific components thought to have blood glucose-lowering effects1.
Bitter Melon’s insulin improving properties2 are currently being looked at by scientists. Studies suggest that Bitter Melon may play a role in controlling the production of insulin by the body, thus helping support healthy blood sugar control2.
Warnings & “Scams”
As with anything, there are always potential “negatives” and here are a few things you want to watch out for. Generally speaking, Bitter Melon has been shown to be safe, when taken in proper dosages. However, a few things to consider:
As seen in the clinical studies, you want to ONLY use the“extract” form and NOT the “raw powder” or even fruit – which doesn’t have any glucose lowering benefits.1
The CORRECT extract for use is standardized for 2.5% bitter principles, including charantin.
You don’t want to take only Bitter Melon by itself, because you would need a very high dosages to feel the glucose lowering benefits. And not only are there potential side-effects at higher dosages – such as liver stress, but your body will adapt quicker and thus, an even higher dose will be required over time.
It’s best to combine Bitter Melon with other ingredients (more on this below) for improved benefits and reduced side-effects.
“So, What’s YOUR Best & Safest Solution?…”
I’ll be honest with you. No one single ingredient works at 100% effectiveness forever, let alone for every person. And that includes Bitter Melon or any other single herb or nutrient.
Think about it. Just like you don’t eat only broccoli for best health, you don’t want to use only one herb or nutrient either.
The most effective and safest products use a combination of different nutrients and ingredients, at specific proven dosages, creating a special synergy which will help create healthy blood sugar & glucose levels, without serious negative side-effects.
Now, based on my research, the following ingredient have been scientifically shown to work, they’re effective and safe for both short and long-term usage:
- Combination of BOTH Chromium Piconlinate & Polynicotinate (ChromeMate®)
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (NA-R version is best)
- Cinnamon Extract (4:1 ratio)
- Bitter Melon
- Gymnema Sylvestre Extract (75% Gymnemic Acids)
- Bilberry Leaf Extract (25% Anthocyanosides)
- Fenugreek Extract
- Banaba Leaf Extract (1% corosolic acid)
Additionally, whatever product you select – make sure it has contains some essential vitamins and minerals, that are typically lacking and not being absorbed properly by individuals with glucose problems. The most important are:
- Magnesium (as Glycinate & Citrate)
- Vitamin C
- B-Vitamins (B1, B3, B5, B6 and B12)
- Zinc Picolinate
- Biotin (very important)
When the above ingredients are combined together in proper ratios, the “synergy” creates a much more effective solution, at a lower dose – WITHOUT your body adapting or having the negative side-effects of drugs. That’s the secret!…
Confused? Too Many Options & Choices?
Here’s What Other People Have Done…
Fortunately, there’s “all-in-one” remedy called Blood Sugar Optimizer™, which contains the above key ingredients, in specific extracted dosages — in addition to a couple other helpful ingredients.
The feedback has been amazing and since the product has been around for almost a decade, you know it works!
- Effectiveness of Bitter Melon in modulating blood glucose levels.
- Antidiabetic effects of Momordica charantia (bitter melon) and its medicinal potency
- Bioactives from bitter melon enhance insulin signalling
- Senanayake G, Maruyama M, Sakono M, et al. The effects of bitter melon )Momordica charantia) extracts on serum and liver lipid parameters 2004;50:253-57