Momordica charantia : 100 capsules; Momordica charantia subtropical Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible but very bitter fruit.
Traditional medicine against viral diseases, dysentery, gastrointestinal diseases, colic, fevers, burns, painful menstruation, scabies and other skin problems. In 2007, a study by the Philippine Department of Health determined a daily dose of 100 mg per kilogram of body weight is comparable to 2.5 mg/kg of the antidiabetes drug glibenclamide taken twice per day : http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/35962/pinoyabroad/ampalaya-tablets-out-soon-for-diabeticsStudies in mice indicate bitter melon seed may have a cardioprotective effect. Over 100 studies using modern techniques have authenticated its use in diabetes and its complications (nephropathy, cataract, insulin resistance), as antibacterial as well as antiviral agent (including HIV infection), as anthelmintic and abortifacient. .. " studies have shown its efficacy in various cancers (lymphoid leukemia, lymphoma, choriocarcinoma, melanoma, breast cancer, skin tumor, prostatic cancer, squamous carcinoma of tongue and larynx, human bladder carcinomas and Hodgkin's disease).; source : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15182917
Two compounds extracted from bitter melon, ?-eleostearic acid (from seeds) and 15,16-dihydroxy-?-eleostearic acid (from the fruit) have been found to induce apoptosis of leukemia cells in vitro. Diets containing 0.01% bitter melon oil (0.006% as ?-eleostearic acid) were found to prevent azoxymethane-induced colon carcinogenesis in rats.
Researchers at Saint Louis University claim an extract from bitter melon, commonly eaten and known as karela in India, causes a chain of events which helps to kill breast cancer cells and prevents them from multiplying ; source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_melon