This Lesser Known Vegetable Can Help Prevent Diabetes and Breast Cancer

Bitter Melon Can Help Prevent Diabetes and Breast Cancer

Written by: Liz Perkins

You probably know someone who has breast cancer… maybe someone who has even had a double mastectomy or possibly someone dealing with diabetes.

Mastectomy is one of the most common procedures for handling breast cancer; the amount of people suffering from diabetes is steadily on the rise. These conditions and situations are far from simple and oftentimes, people may just feel that their resources for fighting back are drying up.  

When you are needing something new, something fresh to try and see if you can battle or even prevent something as malicious as cancer or debilitating as diabetes, you need to dig deeper into the vast arsenal of weaponry – the weapons provided By Mother Earth herself.

Let me introduce you to one of those very combatants: the simple, strong, cancer-fighting – bitter melon.

I am guessing you are already fairly health conscious and no doubt you’re interested in the prevention of chronic illnesses like cancer and diabetes. Maybe you’re someone that makes your fresh juice regularly, eats the rainbow and takes probiotics. You probably watch your intake of simple carbs and sweets so that you can reduce your risk of both conditions.

Could one plant possibly help you with achieving both of those goals?

This might sound far-fetched to you, but multiple studies have shown that this is one mighty plant and that yes, bitter melon (Momordica charantia) can help prevent cancer and manage diabetes.

Now there’s another tool for your toolbox. It really doesn’t take much of this botanical powerhouse to give a punch, either!

The extract of bitter melon alone has proven to trigger the death of breast cancer cells, as reported in the study, Bitter Melon Extract Inhibits Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation.   

Another study with mice (Effects of Bitter Melon or Ginger Rhizome) also showed similar results. The researchers gave the mice free access to hot water extracts of either bitter melon or ginger. After some careful observation, it was found that tumor growth was significantly inhibited.   

Either way – using an extract or the whole fruit itself – this fruit is easy for you to partake of. You can drink it in a tea, take it with capsules, make your own juice, eat the fruit raw, etc. It works by basically activating the right enzymes in your body to nip those cancer cells in the bud before they start growing. You have to love any plant that does that, bitter or not!

As far as diabetes go, if you are having blood sugar issues, this amazing fruit actually has its own chemical that is able to help regulate blood sugar. People from Asia and South America have used bitter melon for years specifically for diabetes, because of the plant insulin it naturally contains.

Overall, this fruit really is an awesome food to add into your diet. Even if you don’t feel like you are at risk of developing cancer or diabetes, what’s the harm in including such a powerful, healthy bitter into your daily life and reaping the benefits?

Just as a caution: You should not drink this tea if you are pregnant or want to conceive, nor should children drink the juice – there were two reports of children going into a coma after drinking bitter melon. It lowers blood sugar AND it also inhibits the liver’s release of glucose.  A child’s system is not mature enough to handle such a potent effect quite yet.

Need an idea of somewhere to start with this fruit? Here’s an awesome juice recipe to get you going! Give this juice a try and let us know how it goes! Do you already use bitter melon? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

Green Bitter Melon Juice
  • 1 bitter melon
  • 2-3 apples
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  1. Wash produce.
  2. Cut the bitter melon in half longitudinally.
  3. Scoop out the seeds and white flesh with a spoon.
  4. Juice the outer green of the bitter melon.
  5. Chop apples, celery, cucumber and lemon so they fit through the juicer.
  6. Add all ingredients through the juicer and enjoy!
*Get organic if you can to avoid pesticides


Liz Perkins

Liz Perkins

Integrative Nutrition Cancer Advocate at Liz Perkins Nourishing
Liz Perkins, MS. is an Integrative Nutrition Cancer Advocate.She is the mom of a leukemia survivor and leads clients through cancer with whole foods, meditations and humor.
Liz Perkins


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