Bitter Melon Extracts: Treatment for Diabetes & Antagonist to Cancers

Bitter Melon Extracts: Treatment for Diabetes & Antagonist to Cancers

Bitter melon, as known as Momordica charantia, has served as a traditional Asian remedy for centuries. Extracts of M. charantia plant, fruit pulp, and seed have been reported to have a wide medicinal use inthe traditional medical systems, most often as hypoglycemic and anti-diabetic agents. Now, new research in mice seems to suggest that bitter melon extract may help fight cancer. 

The incidence of cancer is increasing in advanced economies because of the ageing society. in spite of substantial progress in the development of anti-cancer therapies. One approach to control cancer could be its prevention by diet, which inhibits one or more neoplastic events and reduces cancer risk. Dietary compounds offer great potential in the fight against cancer by inhibiting the carcinogenesis process through the regulation of cell homeostasis and cell-death machineries. For centuries, Asian traditional medicine has recommended the use of bitter melon (Momordica charantia) as a functional food to prevent and treat diabetes and associated complications. It is noteworthy to mention that bitter melon extract has no-to-low side effects in animals as well as in humans.

The anti-tumor activity of bitter melon has recently begun to emerge. This review focuses on recent advancements in cancer chemopreventive and anti-cancer efficacy of bitter melon and its active constituents. Several groups of investigators have reported that treatment of bitter-melon-related products in a number of cancer cell lines induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis without affecting normal cell growth. Therefore, the effect of bitter melon should be beneficial for health, and use of the non-modified dietary product is cost effective.

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