The fruit that stops the growth of the breast cancer cells and kills diabetes looks like a cucumber with warts.

It is an Asian fruit, known as bitter melon and it is very popular in both Chinese and Indian cuisine. Its history in traditional cooking is very long, but according to a research carried out by the St. Louis University, it is more than a tasty fruit, since it shows viability in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

Bitter melon helps fighting the breast cancer cells

The experts from the SLU have made researches to show the capacity of this fruit in killing breast cancer cells. Dr. Ratha Ph.D is still researching whether the bitter melon has anti-cancer effect in the other types of cancer, such as the prostate cancer for instance. According to her, the bitter melon may be extremely beneficial in the treatment of neck and head cancer as well. The extract of the fruit have shown generalized anti-tumor benefits, since it provokes apoptosis. It means it stops the growth of different types of cancer cells. Therefore this fruit has a great medical potential of treating cancer. In order to see the fruits’ efficacy in real, Dr. Ray will feed mice suffering from neck and head cancers with the bitter melon extracts. Depending on the findings, the fruit may be included in the first phase of clinical trials in people and may become the favoured treatment for cancer without involving the use of radiation or chemotherapy. Bitter melon prevents the spreading and multiplication of the cancer cells, in the way that it acts upon many different pathways, such as signal transduction pathway and helps the body’s natural capacity for eliminating the cancer cells. It also prevents the formation of cancer in the human body.

Bitter melon helps the treatment of diabetes

Bitter melon not only helps the prevention and the further development of cancer, it also helps the treatment of diabetes (type-2). It improves the uptake of glucose and relieves the excess blood sugar as well. According to a recent study, bitter melon contains compounds that stimulate AMP (activated protein kinase) and AMPK (cellular enzyme) which prevent diabetes and obesity by supporting the passage of the glucose transporters towards the cells surface. According to the researchers, this process improves the function of the metabolism and minimizes the damage of the excessive intake of sugar. This implies that transporters increase the level of glucose uptake from the blood circulation into the body tissues, for example the muscles, and lower the levels of the sugar in the blood. It is also discovered that bitter melon has hypoglycemic effects and reduces the levels of fructosamine from the baseline among those patients who suffer from diabetes type-2 and who receive 2,000 mg per day.