Friday, May 14, 2010
The calabash or bottle gourd (not to be confused with the calabaza) is a vine grown for its fruit, which can either be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, dried, and used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe. For this reason, one of the calabash subspecies is known
as the bottle gourd. The fresh fruit has a light green smooth skin and a white flesh. However the rounder varieties are called Calabash gourds whereas the longer and slimmer kinds are usually well known as bottle gourds.
The insulin-like bioactivity of this lectin is due to its linking together 2 insulin receptors. This lectin lowers blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues and, similar to insulin's effects in the brain, suppressing appetite. This lectin is likely a major contributor to the hypoglycemic effect that develops after eating bitter melon and why it may be a way of managing adult-onset diabetes.
3 small bitter gourd(washed and deseeded)
1/2 inch ginger root
Preparation: In a juice extractor, one by one add piece of bottle gourd
and then add bitter gourd deseeded and thereafter add ginger root. This a very healthyand refreshing summer drink. It satisfies your thirst and gives you a energy boost.Bottle gourd are known to control blood pressure while bitter gourd helps to control diabetes. Make 1big glasss of juice.
preparation time:15 mins