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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 2328-2345; doi:10.3390/ijerph110202328
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Potential for Improved Glycemic Control with Dietary Momordica charantia in Patients with Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes

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Received: 23 December 2013 / Revised: 2 February 2014 / Accepted: 10 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue IJERPH: 10th Anniversary)
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Abstract

Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) is a widely used traditional remedy for hyperglycemia. While the medicinal properties of this plant have been studied extensively using in vitro and animal models, the clinical efficacy and safety in humans is largely unknown. This review discusses the benefits and limitations of bitter melon supplementation in the context of epidemic levels of insulin resistance and pre-diabetes throughout the world.
Keywords: Momordica charantia; bitter melon; insulin resistance; pre-diabetes; glycemic control Momordica charantia; bitter melon; insulin resistance; pre-diabetes; glycemic control
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Efird, J.T.; Choi, Y.M.; Davies, S.W.; Mehra, S.; Anderson, E.J.; Katunga, L.A. Potential for Improved Glycemic Control with Dietary Momordica charantia in Patients with Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 2328-2345.

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