Introduction

Bitter melon is a fruit that grows in Asia, South America, East Africa, and the Caribbean. It has been used to ease swelling and lower blood glucose. It can be eaten fresh or cooked. It can also be taken as a pill or powder.

Dosages

1 to 3 grams once per day

What Research Shows

May Be Effective

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

It is likely safe to eat bitter melon for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:

  • Bitter melon may lower blood glucose levels. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before taking bitter melon.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 07/2019 -
  • Update Date: 09/09/2019 -