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When Life Is BITTER say Thank you and GROW

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Sometimes life can be so Sweet and other times its down right bitter. Bitterness is an opportunity to PERSONALLY GROW. It's a time to learn and come up with new ideas.

The other day I received an email from It's a well-written website with helpful ideas and articles on health. An Eye-catching headline caught my eye. It was about BITTER MELON. ??? What the heck is a bitter melon I wondered. It was time to go exploring.

Bitter herbs have the reputation of being digestive tonics to help the liver and gallbladder through history. The bitter melon inhibits pancreatic tumor growth by 64% in mice at doses achievable by humans. They also found it to be very effective on breast cancer cells. The rate of kill was high. It was high enough to catch my eyes. A 2 percent bitter melon extract killed 80% of breast cancer cells !!! EXCITING NEWS. It attacks the HER2 gene that makes breast cancer aggressive. It stops cancer from growing according to experts. WOW.

Searching on line I found many supplement companies sell it online for a bit of change. I wasn't interested in pills as who knows what you are really getting. Earlier this week, DH and I went to the Asian market to hunt down some fresh coconuts and turmeric roots. I was THRILLED to find a package of fresh bitter melons in the produce section !!! I was super excited clapping my hands. My husband is PUZZLED by my EXCITEMENT in the simplest of finds. emoticon

The mechanism it suppresses cancer growth was by starving the cells of sugar. I suppose there are other methods it has, but I understood that one. You see the foods we eat are so loaded with sugars it feeds cancers experts say. You don't have to eat candy to eat lots of sugar, it's in everything. Many foods we eat turn into sugar so our body can utilize it. Too much is not good for our health.

Today I juiced the package of bitter melons. I bravely stuck out my tongue and pressed it to one of the melons sliced in half. It was bitter, heck I can handle that. I scooped out the seeds as all the articles say to do so. They fell into the kitchen strainer looking like bright red, fresh cut meat chunks. Yuck, so gross looking. It looks like my cucumber has guts. Online they say on some sites the seeds are OK to eat and other ones say no. Yet they say some of the compound in the seeds has additional cancer fighting compounds. I choose to be safe until I learn more from researching.

Why Juice bitter melons at home? Well a package of them was only $1.25. It was dirt cheap. I like being frugal. There are so many healing properties in fresh plants that are lost, destroyed, and damaged in cooking and preparation of supplements. Some of the studies used fresh juice so they knew exactly what they were getting, the REAL STUFF. From what I read online the results are not as reliable with pills. Yet, one must be open to trying different brands if they choose to use pills.

It took a whole package of those UGLY, wrinkle, nasty looking critters to make 4 ounces of juice. Then I juiced some grapefruit, tangerines, grapes, yam, and oranges and added to it to sweeten it up. It took mixing the 4 ounces with a quart of fruit juice to make it palpable. It still had a lingering bitter flavor, but not too bad. I drank down half the quart. It gave me a burst of energy. So I went outside and picked a big bowl of wheat grass to juice. I added it to the quart and tasted. Yuck. So I juiced up some apples which did the trick, making the juice tasty again. DH tasted it and said it's nasty. He did not like it at all. I didn't explain all the valuable stuff the bitter melon does to you.

Why drink 4 ounces. On one posting I noticed a man had written his experiences with drinking a shot of bitter melon juice in the evening. He had remarkable health improvements, reversing his diabetes. All articles urge people with blood sugar issues to monitor it regularly if adding supplements or juice such as bitter melon as you can drop your blood sugar levels.

Here is some links to good articles.
"Dr. Ray applied a two percent bitter melon extract to breast cancer cells. She found that this was the minimum amount needed to kill a significant number of breast cancer cells. In fact, at that concentration, the extract killed 80 percent of breast cancer cells." http://institutefornaturalheal

Bitter melon has been found to protect the brain in studies. It protects it from inflammation, something that is common in neurological conditions. If your pregnant or a child you should not take bitter melon. Again please research.

Research, research, research if you choose to make your own juice. Honestly, I find food is really amazing when you think about what all the researchers are finding on daily basis. Hippocrates was right, food really is our medicine.

I definitely will be drinking it again. Fruit can be used to sweeten the juice to make it more palatable. You might question adding fruit to sweeten juice when sugars can cause cancer. Fruits have from what I have read are also like small medicine chests full of healing nutrients. I don't worry too much about natural sugars when I consume a large amount of vegetables in my diet. Adding spices like cinnamon helped too. Some people add lemon and honey to their juice and cut it with water. Why drink it? Why not. We are exposed to so many things that cause cancer on a daily basis. The question is why not? Heck I would rather prevent health issues than hope for a medical cure. I enjoy flooding my body with good nutrition. Yes, my taste buds can definitely adapt to the flavor of bitter melon juice. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GARDENCHRIS 11/11/2013 10:41AM

    interesting...will check this out more.

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XIALUDI 11/10/2013 10:45AM

    i'm not a big fan, but have had it in more of a stir-fry form here in Asia! You might be able to find some recipes for making it savory. emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 11/8/2013 8:29AM

    I've heard of the bitter melons and seen them in our store, but haven't tried them yet. I don't mind bitter, at least to a degree. I have a question though… doesn't all the fruit juice etc just add extra sugar? Or, is the amount of fruit and juices just the "normal" amount that you would use? Just trying to learn too. Thanks, great blog, and keep us posted on what other ways you find to make those things palatable. Have a great weekend.

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SNOWYOGA 11/7/2013 8:15PM

    emoticon for the blog and info.

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KHADEEJAH1 11/7/2013 4:38PM

    Good info. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

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MELLY3183 11/7/2013 12:37PM

    this is great information! I've actually never heard of a bitter melon before. My friend just got diagnosed with breast cancer, I will be passing this info along. Thanks babe!

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BRENDA_G50 11/7/2013 10:23AM

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/7/2013 10:21AM

    I loved your blog! Thank you for sharing!!
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DS9KIE 11/7/2013 8:51AM


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MAMISHELI53 11/7/2013 6:11AM

    I just LOVE your informative blogs!
And now wonder that when God saw all He made, He declared it GOOD!

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ARTJAC 11/7/2013 4:26AM


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MICKEYH 11/7/2013 3:49AM

    I have cooked better melon before. Thanks for great reminder. I will looks for them now.

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NYARAMULA 11/7/2013 1:29AM

    I also recently discovered the bitter melon at the Asian market and i love juicing it with cucumber and a bit of lemon. I find the bitter taste tolerable, especially knowing that it's so good for me.

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TOKIEMOON 11/7/2013 1:04AM

    Your access to uncommon foods is excellent! The township I live in doesn't have any big city advantages as far as shopping. Northern Michigan is a beautiful place to live, but it doesn't offer the down state selections of food, clothes, etc. I'll continue to keep my eyes peeled. Thanks so much for sharing!

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JANIEWWJD 11/7/2013 12:54AM

    Wow, great information!!! Thank you!!!!
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PHOENIX1949 11/6/2013 11:49PM

    Wonderful information. Thank you for sharing your findings.

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NASFKAB 11/6/2013 10:48PM

  we eat a lot of bitter melon in Bangladesh, India & Pakistan its alway better to eat the vegetable instead of supplements thanks for your blog

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IMREITE 11/6/2013 9:41PM

    in the winter i sometines drink tea. the bitter tea is not a pleasant taste but the smell and steam feel great on my sinuses and the warmn liquid comforts my throat.

sometimes even the bad things that happen during the day mat same horrible but they make me stronger.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/6/2013 9:35PM

    Never thought of that before. Thanks for sharing.

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L*I*T*A* 11/6/2013 9:06PM

    great info.........
thanks for sharing.........

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MJ7DM33 11/6/2013 9:05PM

  Thank-You for sharing!

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WALLAHALLA 11/6/2013 9:05PM

    lots to think about

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KRITTEN1 11/6/2013 8:39PM


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TIME2BLOOM4ME 11/6/2013 7:43PM

    Yes, John Robins is the 31 flavors son who went vegan and wrote several books. Its great reading.

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GENRE009 11/6/2013 7:40PM

    p.s. The 31 flavors ice cream shops-owner's son went on a crew sade against sugar. He tried to under mine the joys of eating ice cream by telling about cancer, and it connection to sugar.

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GENRE009 11/6/2013 7:33PM

    I am impressed with your curiosity, and journey into food you want to know about. I do things like that too, but in different areas. I enjoyed reading your blogs. When I was going down your listing of different nutrients in it, I noticed this high potassium, or calcium, Or phosphorus. I don't know enough about potassium or phosphorus, yet.
I do know that among other vitamin partners calcium helps not only your bones, it helps your nervous system too. I don't know anything about phosphorus, except at the Vets, they told me that my cat Zeek who has Renal failure can't have phosphorus. Yet they say there isn't a cure for his condition. So, far doing things like you do with regular foods, and herbs, and vitamins has gotten rid of his symptoms. Keep searching for cures for illnesses in the body. It does a body good! Ha Ha. I am reading about spices/their roll in the body as medicines, and longivity in the world. Take care. eva

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 11/6/2013 7:18PM

    _BABE_ (below) referred to sugar as the devil. It is 'sweet poison'.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 11/6/2013 7:17PM

    I've seen Bitter Melon added to some weight loss supplements. It probably helps weight loss due to the lowering of blood sugar lowering insulin levels.

Thanks for the info.

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MSROZZIE 11/6/2013 6:59PM

    I enjoyed your very informative blog! Thanks for sharing. You are an adventurer! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/6/2013 6:13PM

    Thank you for the information! HUGS

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TWEETYKC00 11/6/2013 5:56PM

    sounds like its time to be sweet to bitters!

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_BABE_ 11/6/2013 5:48PM

    emoticon Sugar is the devil.

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