Bitter gourd, also known as bitter melon [ampalaya in the Philippines] is traditionally use to treat malaria, hypertension, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders and diabetes. It is a tropical vegetable that predominantly grows in Asia. The leaves are often used for children's coughs and use to treat skin diseases. It is also use as an antipyretic and purgative.
However, while the herb does demonstrate many beneficial properties, there are also a few potentially harmful effects associated with bitter melon. These may include allergic reactions, hypoglycemic effects, hematemesis, and impaired fertilityRead more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/article/147335-harmful-effects-of-bitter-melon-leaves/#ixzz2NGhxHMap
one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables there are. All varieties of squash are rich in carotene that may help prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Other nutrients found in squash include potassium and niacin.
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