Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is not a common fruit that you’ll find, and although it has the name melon it is more close in flavor to a vegetable.
Because of this fact, many people aren’t aware of how much of it is ok to eat or drink as a tea, and if there are any negative effects from consuming too much of it.
So, in this article, I will explain if there is a maximum amount of bitter melon tea you can drink in a day.
Another metric that medical professionals give is to consume one small-sized bitter melon per day.
Bitter melon tea only contains a very small amount of actual bitter melon, and for that reason, you can drink an unlimited amount per day, and not consume more than the recommended amount.
Today, I will explain if you can drink bitter melon tea every day, how much bitter melon is too much, and if bitter melon has any side effects.
Can You Take Bitter Melon Tea Everyday?
Bitter melon tea is high in a few beneficial vitamins and minerals, and you may take such a liking to it that you want to drink it everyday.
However, you may be wondering if there are any drawbacks to drinking bitter melon everyday, and is it ok to do so.
I did some research and here’s what I found.
As you may know, another name for bitter melon is bitter gourd, balsam pear, bitter apple, and bitter squash.
Bitter gourd is a bitter vegetable.
Although some people call it a vegetable because of its savory taste, it is in fact a fruit.
It’s fine to drink bitter melon tea everyday.
Here’s a breakdown of the nutrients found in half a cup of chopped bitter melon (gourd).
Traditional Chinese medicine, and ayurvedic medicine claim that bitter melon tea can alleviate the symptoms of stomach heat, and has a range of health benefits (source).
But, one use of bitter melon is to get beneficial nutrients not found in high amounts in other fruits and vegetables.
It can be made by simply cutting up some bitter melon and pouring some boiling water over it.
Or, you can put it in a pot with some boiling water over medium heat, and let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Traditional medicine can sometimes be a bit hit and miss because it generally relies on anecdotal evidence.
So, I wanted to see what nutrients are found in bitter melon.
Here’s a table that shows a breakdown of what nutrients are in half a cup of chopped bitter melon:
|Nutrient||Percentage of recommended daily intake per 100g|
|Fiber, total dietary||0.08%|
|Thiamin (Vitamin B1)||4.90%|
|Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)||4.00%|
|Niacin (Vitamin B3)||1.70%|
Therefore, if you’re looking to increase your fiber intake, whole bitter melon is a better option.
Consumption of bitter gourd juice/bitter melon juice will give you all the benefits of consuming bitter melon on its own but it doesn’t contain any fiber.
However, juicing fruit or vegetables removes about 90% of the dietary fiber.
With that said, drinking bitter gourd tea is a good way to get the nutrients of the bitter gourd fruit.
But, one cup of bitter melon tea only contains a very minor amount of the nutrients in the actual fruit.
A major reason is that most of the nutrients are kept in the fruit and don’t come out when it’s made into tea.
Making it into tea doesn’t change the flavor very much and only weakens it.
With that said, bitter melon is an acquired taste.
To improve the taste lemon juice is a great option, and can be added.
It makes it extremely sour and masks the bitter taste.
Bitter melon can also be cooked.
Here’s a video that shows some ways that you can cook bitter melon:
How Much Bitter Melon Is Too Much?
Consumption of bitter melon and bitter melon tea is reported to be good for your health.
But, most foods consumed in excess can have negative effects.
Therefore, here’s a summary of how much bitter melon is too much.
Bitter melon is thought to be native to China, but is known to be grown in East Africa, the rest of Asia, and the northern part of South America.
In Western countries, it is generally only found at asian markets.
However, many people say it’s very easy to find in Asian countries.
Too much bitter melon or bitter melon tea can have both significant adverse effects, and minor negative effects.
It can affect digestive function, and cause digestive issues such as an upset stomach, and abdominal pain.
This is due to the high amounts of certain nutrients that can affect the digestive system negatively.
On the flip side one of the medicinal properties of bitter melon tea is that it contains antioxidants.
Antioxidants are good at reducing free radicals, which is linked to coronary disease, the health of kidney tissue, blood circulation, heart health, weight loss, and affects renal function.
But, the benefits of bitter melon include improving the immune system, reducing the risk of tumor growth, kidney stones, liver damage, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, heart attack, and the growth and health of red blood cells.
Other ways of consuming bitter melon and getting the benefits
There is also bitter melon extract and bitter melon supplements such as charantia fruit extract are available from health stores.
These herbal supplements can be a more convenient way to consume bitter melon.
And you can buy karela juice which is a pre-made drink sold in bottles that is made with bitter melon mixed with water.
This is an easy way to get a single dose or a good dose of nutrients in bitter melon.
Another option is to dry bitter melon tea, and then use it to make a herbal tea made out of bitter melon.
This can be done by drying sliced bitter melon in the sun, or using a dehydrator.
The beneficial effects are more pronounced if you take bitter melon or bitter melon tea on an empty stomach.
Healthy blood sugar levels are impacted by sugar consumption.
And has inflammatory properties that can cause a range of health issues.
And can also lead to weight gain.
High amounts of sugar consumption can also cause glucose tolerance, according to medical professionals.
Which in turn affects insulin resistance, which can lead to high blood glucose levels, has a hypoglycemic effect, and requires diabetes treatment.
The treatment of diabetes requires diabetes medication that helps create low blood sugar.
But, bitter melon supplementation has been shown to help.
It was shown in a study published in The Journal of Ethnopharmacology Bitter Melon, that bitter melon has a minor effect on treating diabetes.
Therefore, it’s not very effective for diabetes as alternative medicine.
Does Bitter Melon Have Side Effects?
Bitter melon is typically not available at your local store, and you need to go to a specialty Asian grocer or health food store to get it.
For these reasons, it’s not very common and most people aren’t aware of whether it has any negative effects.
So, here’s a rundown of the side effects of consuming bitter melon.
This is equivalent to about 1.5 cups of chopped bitter melon.
Another healthy tea is green tea.
But, like drinking too much bitter melon tea, it can also have negative effects.
I explained the benefits of green tea, and whether you can drink it every day in this article about whether green tea can cause diarrhea.