Benefits of Ampalaya
This plant is a very popular for its bitter taste that is why it is commonly called “Bitter gourd” or “Bitter melon” in English. It has a scientific name Mormodica balsamina Blanco or Mormodica charantia. It is said to be originated in India and to China but is widely use in East Asian, South Asian, and South-East Asian cuisine. In Philippines, it is extensively cultivated for its bitter edible fruit.
Despite its bitter taste, Ampalaya leaves, roots and fruits are considered as useful both as food and in medicinal purposes. Leaf juice is used for cough and as a purgarative and anthelminthic and also used for healing wounds. In Philippines, it has gained international recognition for its possible benefits in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Other benefits suggested were body detoxification, strengthening of the immune system and fertility regulation. Aside from that, this plant has many things to offer. It can be used as Anti-inflammatory, Anti-Ulcerogenic, Antioxidant, Antifungal, Analgesic and many more.