2 bitter gourd
1/2 tsp of salt or juice from half a lemon
½ cup apple or pear juice
Karela juice comes from the karela plant that is colloquially known as bitter melon or bitter gourd. It is widely consumed all over Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, where it is prized for its health benefits. The karela plant is known for its extremely bitter taste; it is fair to consider it to be an acquired taste. Don’t let that stop you from trying it though, once you learn to love karela juice you will never want to put it down.
Karela, or the bitter gourd, is a very potent vegetable that has some great health benefits which make it a fantastic addition to any diet:
- Functions as a blood purifier – karela has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that help remove toxins from the blood.
- Aids in achieving weight loss – karela juice stimulates the liver which boosts your metabolism.
- Improves and bolsters the immune system – karela has a high vitamin C content which strengthens the immune system.
- Functions similar to insulin, making it a great insulin supplement for diabetics – karela has a protein known as, polypeptide P which mimics insulin.
- Fights the development of acne – the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties in karela keep your skin clear.
How to make Karela Juice
Note: To reduce the bitterness of the drink, add some jaggery or honey or jaggery to it, or drink it in combination with sweet fruits like pears or apples.
A pinch of black pepper and ginger is also great for cutting the tartness
The bitter gourd is currently cultivated around the world, but it originated in India.