- Latin Name: Momordica Charantia
- CAS No.: 93333-80-3
- Active Ingredient: Charatin
- Specification: 4:1, 10:1, 1%
- Test Method: HPLC
- Appearance: Fine brownish yellow powder
Momordica Charantia is a plant from the Cucurbitaceae family that grows in parts of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. It grows a fruit that looks like a cucumber which commonly known as biter melon. Its many varieties differ substantially in the shape and the bitterness of the fruit Bitter Melon originated on the Indian subcontinent and was introduced into China in the 14th century, People use bitter melon as both food and a tradition medicine.
Momordica Charantaìia is good source of minerals such as Mg, Ca, S and Cu. The fruits contained calcium and sulpher. Nowadays, researches revealed Momordica Charantia contains diverse biologically active chemicals includes essential oils, flavonoids, saponins, alkaloids, phenolic acids, cardiac glycosides, tannins, terpenoids, steroids, xanthoproteins, triterpin, sterol, resin and amino acids. It also contains streroidal saponins called charatin.
Momordica Charantia has enormous nutritional potentials, At least three different groups of constituents in bitter melon have been reported to have blood-sugar lowering actions of potential benefit in diabetes mellitus.
Topically, bitter melon is used for deep skin infections (abscesses) and wounds. It is used traditionally for various stomach and intestinal disorders including gastrointestinal (GI) upset, ulcers, colitis, constipation and intestinal worms. It is also used for diabetes, kidney stones, fever a skin condition called psoriasis and liver disease.