Indian bitter melon, popularly known as ‘karela’ in India has astonished an Indian-origin researcher at Saint Louis University. As per Ratna Ray, PhD., professor in the department of pathology at Saint Louis University and lead researcher, the extract from this common vegetable in India deters the growth of breast cancer cells.
Let’s rewind back. As discussed in my previous article about breast cancer, as per Indian Council of Medical Research globally India accounts for almost six percent of deaths due to breast cancer and one out of 22 Indian women is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Bitter melon is available commonly both in Indian and China, If further researches can really work out that bitter melon extracts can really help in deterring breast cancer, it will be a practical approach by including it in our daily diet also.
The fruit and the leaves of this medicinal plant are used as an anthelminthic and for curing piles, leprosy and jaundice. It also helps in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Let us all hope this research gets funded and we get a cure for cancer in coming years.