September 9, 2019
👉🏽 Want to enjoy a high carb meal without feeling too guilty? Bitter melon can help offset and provide you support during times of HIGH sugar meals or sweets. Bitter melon falls under the category of of GDA’s - Glucose Disposal Agents. Let’s take a look at the science:
🛡SHIELDING YOURSELF FROM SUGAR:
Let’s picture this. It’s night time, and you feel like something sweet OR you’re an athlete and have to CARB-load before training/comp.
You know that a high sugar meal can SPIKE insulin, and if you keep TAXING your insulin signalling, you’re at least progressing towards insulin resistance, and subsequently type 2 diabetes (Jones et al., 2011). So this is where Bitter melon comes in to at least support your body.
❇️HOW BITTER MELON SUPPORTS YOU:
Bitter melon has profound blood glucose lowering effects through three unique compounds (probably more not even discovered by science yet):
Charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine, and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p (Joseph et a., 2013).
🍫FIGHTS INSULIN RESISTANCE/DIABETES:
It stimulates and strengthens insulin secretion itself (Wang et al., 2011), thanks to a complex of action mechanisms including activation of AMP-K (Iseli et al., 2013) and inhibition of the activity of PTP1B, a protein tyrosine phosphatase that hydrolyses phosphotyrosine on the insulin receptor, which induces deactivation of the receptor itself and consequently the onset of insulin resistance, even in type 2 diabetes, by increasing GLUT-4 type glucose membrane transporters (Shih et al., 2009). A powerful insulin-sensitising effect which, combined with that of the insulin stimulator itself, results in a marked hypoglycaemic action and synergistic support for the optimal use of carbohydrates.
Take Bitter Melon with a cheat meal, or a high carb meal before training for enhanced glucose shuttling into MUSCLE cells and out of the blood. It also supports insulin sensitivity.