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Cerasee Tea

Cerasee tea, also called the bitter gourd tea or bitter melon tea, is an herbal drink prepared using the fruits and leaves of cerasee plant (Momordica charantia) commonly found in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Even though it has a distinct bitter taste, its antioxidants, as well as other biologically active compounds, are useful for treating a multitude of health problems.

Cerasee Tea

Cerasee Tea

Cerasee Tea

History and origin

For hundreds of years in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, cerasee or bitter melon has been consumed to reduce the symptoms of diabetes. In South American herbal medicine, it has been traditionally used for the treatment of fevers, malaria, rheumatism, menstrual problems, tumor, and certain skin problems. Apart from the fruits, the young leaves and shoots have been used in Asian and Caribbean dishes over the years.

Cerasee tea benefits: what is it good for

Useful for diabetes

Clinical trials have suggested that its three primary constituents, including vicine, charantin, and polypeptide-p (an insulin-like chemical compound), have anti-diabetic properties that help in lowering blood glucose levels. Having it regularly provides relief from type 2 diabetes.

Detoxifying the body

Since it is rich in dietary fiber, its consumption helps in reducing the re-absorption of bile in the intestines, while flushing the toxins out of the body. Its sulfur-based compounds promote the functions of liver and its detoxification pathways.

Aids in losing weight

As it boosts production of bile juices in the liver, its intake stimulates the breakdown of lipids and fats, which makes it useful for weight loss.

Plenty of antioxidants

The presence of vitamins A and C along with flavonoids like lutein, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin helps to fortify the immune system and prevent damages caused by free radicals.

Research studies have shown cerasee has anti-cancer properties that help in reducing the growth of cancer cells in those suffering from breast cancer.

Cerasee Tea Pictures

Cerasee Tea Pictures

Helpful for menstrual problems

Its intake induces menstruation and is thus beneficial for those with an irregular menstrual cycle. It also relieves menstrual cramps and pains.

Reduces intestinal problems

Being rich in cellulose, its regular intake keeps away digestive disorders like dyspepsia. It also works as a laxative, helping in increasing bowel movements and preventing constipation.

For heart health

According to some animal studies, consumption of this caffeine-free decoction aids in decreasing the LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol, thus lessening the chances of strokes, heart attacks, and other heart diseases.

In folk medicine, it has been commonly used as an herbal remedy for high blood pressure and hypertension.

Cerasee Tea Images

Cerasee Tea Images

Positive effect on HIV/AIDS

Early research studies have shown that some of the phytochemical components of this herbal infusion are effective in alleviating the symptoms of HIV/AIDS.

Good for skin

Drinking this tea promotes blood circulation, helping in nourishing the skin and improving its texture. It can be used to get rid of scabies and ringworm caused by fungal infections. Other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can also be treated by its use.

How to make cerasee tea

  • Take 1-2 tablespoon of either freshly cut cerasee fruit or dried cerasee leaves in a teapot
  • Add 1-2 cups of water in it
  • Bring the mixture to boil
  • Simmer for 5 minutes
  • Strain the mixture
  • You may sweeten it to taste by adding honey or sugar
Cerasee Leaves

Cerasee Leaves

Safety and precaution

Side effects

Having this tea for a short period is generally safe, but its overconsumption should be avoided as safety information about its long-term usage is not available. Those with G6PD deficiency should avoid taking cerasee tea since it might worsen some of the symptoms of favism including stomach pain, fever, headache, and anemia.

Use during pregnancy

Its consumption is not recommended for pregnant women because some chemicals in cerasee fruits and seeds may induce abortion. Breastfeeding mothers should also refrain from its use.

Cerasee Fruit

Cerasee Fruit

Where to buy

In general, the cerasee fruit pods are available in local marketplaces. Besides, you can purchase cerasee leaves packed in tea bags from online stores as well as local herbal tea shops.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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