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AMAZING BENEFITS AND SOME SIDE EFFECTS OF BITTER GOURD (BITTER MELON)…..

Bitter gourd juice may not be the most tastiest vegetable, however it is a perfect juice for a Diabetic; besides most medicines are hardly tasty! It is best taken on an empty stomach in the mornings! Bitter gourd from the melon, squash and cucumber family has amazing benefits when consumed in moderation!

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AMAZING BENEFITS OF BITTER GOURD!

  • Treats blood disorders such as blood boils and toxaemia, to solve this problem (mix 2 ounces of bitter gourd with lime juice and consume on an empty stomach for 4-6 months for improvement in health).
  • Treats respiratory disorders.
  • It contains a rich source of a certain plant insulin (a hypoglycemic compound), this plays a key role in lowering sugar levels in blood and urine. This juice helps in improving blood glucose tolerance.
  • Also, bitter gourd treats gout; it is great in cleansing the liver as it flushes out the toxins of the blood circulation. It reduces gout pain, thus providing relief.
  • Treats asthma and bronchitis.

Recipe:

  • 2 ounces of freshly prepared gourd juice
  • Mix with honey in a diluted cup of water

WATCH OUT FOR HARMFUL EFFECTS OF BIITTER GOURD!

Although extremely healthy, more than 2 ounces of bitter gourd juice or consuming more than 2 gourds a day is not advisable; it can cause:

  • Abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
  • It is a ‘big no no for pregnancy’, as too much tends to stimulate uterus and may lead to preterm labour.
  • May cause adverse effects upon the body when consumed with other glucose lowering agents.
  • If suffering from glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), can cause a condition called Favism; if one consumes the seeds of biter gourds.. This condition can cause anaemia, headaches, fever, stomach pain
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Oriental noodle and tofu salad

Serves 4 (Ready in 35 minutes)

400g firm tofu, cut into 8 slices
2tsp soy sauce
170g dried soba noodles
6 spring onions thinly sliced
2 large carrots, peeled cut into match sticks
2 courgette sticks cut into match sticks
50g baby spinach leaves roughly torn
150g bean sprouts
100g radishes thinly sliced
A handful of fresh coriander

For the dressing:
4cm fresh root ginger peeled & finely grated
2 tbsp soy sauce
Finely grated zest and juice of one lime

Line the grill rack with foil and arrange the tofu on top in a single layer. Drizzle over the soy sauce and marinate for 10 minutes.
Mix all the dressing ingredients in a large bowl.
Cook noodles, then toss in dressing. Add spring onions, courgettes, spinach, beansprouts, carrots, radishes and coriander and toss.
Preheat your grill to high, cook tofu for 2-3 minutes on each side, then cut into cubes. Divide the noodle salad between 4 plates (or bowls), top with tofu.
Serve warm straight away, or chill in the fridge and serve later.

ANTIOXIDANT SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cucumber (seeded with a spoon, and chopped into chunks)
  •  A handful of blackberries
  • A handful of chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Add mint, cucumber, berries and yogurt into a blender, process until smooth and enjoy!

Antioxidant- Green Smoothie!

Cucumbers are a fabulous source of vitamin C and a phytonutrients called caffeic acid which prevents water retention. A great source of Folate- a B vitamin that is essential in maintaining a healthy heart. Berries are loaded with antioxidants, vital in order to keep your immune system strong!