Treating Diabetes with Bitter Melon in the Philippines

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In the Philippines the Department of Health is promoting bitter melon, locally called ampalaya, as a treatment for adult-onset diabetes in the form of a tea-like drink made by boiling its unripe fruits of young leaves. The ampalaya’s active ingredient polypeptide P, momordicin, and charantin - are most concentrated in the fruit and seeds.

Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) has long been used in the Philippines as a home remedy for diabetes, hypertension, kidney and liver problems, high cholesterol, constipation, and other conditions. The only medically verified use, however, is that of diabetes control.

Herbcare Corporation (http://www.herbcare.com.ph), the maker of Charantia Ampalaya Food Supplement for Diabetics http://www.charantia.com (Charantia is a registered trade mark of Herbcare Corp.), has taken this home remedy and improved on it to enable diabetics and those prone to diabetes to enjoy its benefits without suffering through its bitter taste.

“That’s our secret. We’ve removed the bitter taste of the ampalaya, without compromising its effectivity in lowering blood sugar. Studies have shown that bitterness has nothing to do with its efficacy” Daniel Abelarde, Herbcare general manager, said.

Abelarde’s father, Lito, put up the firm Herbcare - for “herbals that work from people who care” – to meet the demand for cheaper, more efficient diabetes control. Herbcare’s first product was Charantia tea in loose bits. Charantia in teabags and Charantia 500mg capsules followed suit. All three Charantia variants are made from 100 percent fruits and seed of bitter melon, which has been proven in clinical trials to be most potent part of the bitter melon.

While other companies tout products made from bitter melon as “miracle cures”, or panaceas, Daniel Abelarde does not believe in marketing their product that way.

“Many doctors are open-minded about us because we don’t claim that our products are cure-alls. We have a company policy by which we only market products that have scientific and or medical basis.”

What they do claim is that Charantia (http://www.charantia.com) – according to the leaflets Herbcare distributes – is recommended as a daily food supplement for diabetics to reinforce their diet, exercise and doctor-prescribed medication. Many diabetics reported that after two to four weeks of adding Charantia to their daily diet, they were able to stabilize and control their blood sugar at safe levels. It stayed there for as long they continued to take Charantia with their regular regimen. With prolonged uses of Charantia, a diabetic’s blood sugar no longer fluctuates too drastically, sparing vital organs from damage.

Because of Herbcare’s very scientific and ethical method of marketing, plus the fact that Charantia is very effective in controlling blood sugar levels, Charantia has the unprecedented distinction of being the only product, herbal or otherwise, to be endorsed by a national organization of doctors. Herbcare, the maker of Charantia is the only herbal company to be invited and allowed to participate in numerous medical conventions.

Charantia Ampalaya Dietary Supplement, sold under the brand name Charantia (http://www.charantia.com) in the Philippines, has earned the unprecedented distinction of being officially endorsed by a national medical organization composed of over 1,500 doctors. In October 2001, the Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Philippines (AMHOP), the national medical organization running the Philippine network of more than 15,000 public health centers, decided to officially make the supplement a regular part of its diabetes prevention and control management.

Currently, Herbcare is exporting its Charantia products to the United States (via http://www.charanteausa.com), Japan, Africa, Europe (via http://www.charantea.com), Canada, and Australia.

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