Since I grew up in the Caribbean, I would often wake up to the smell of my mom brewing Cerasee tea for us every now and then.
As a child, I would loathe having to drink this tea because of its bitter taste; but what could I have done, my mom and grandma were adamant that we had to drink it, as they shared a verbal list of the many health benefits that we derive each time we consume Cerasee tea.
Drinking Cerasee tea is not only linked to the Caribbean; Cerasee tea has been popularized in many other sections of the work, including the United States.
This plant is hailed as a natural remedy for several illnesses and medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
But one still has to wonder, does Cerasee tea really have health benefits?
So, in this article, we will explore the Cerasee plant and its tea to answer that and other questions.
This confirms suggestions that the plant has powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties in its leaves.
Though there is not much evidence to support these claims, the cerasee bush has been labeled as a cancer-fighting herb. It is believed that extracts from bitter melon leaves could provide anti-cancer properties.
Bitter melon may combat:
This theory has not been tested on humans and so we cannot definitively say it is true; however, there have been tests on rodents and test-tube studies have been conducted.
Cerasee may cause an obvious decrease in both fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels.
Several parts of the bitter melon plant, including its steam, leaves, and seeds have been shown to be efficient at lowering blood sugar levels.
To experience this benefit, you can consume the plant in tea format or create juice from the leaves and fruit.
Even without knowing about the scientific studies that have confirmed this health benefit, many people throughout the Caribbean use cerasee tea to control diabetes.
This has been a practice for centuries, particularly with the Jamaican cerasee.
The magnesium and gallic acid primarily aid with this reduction and control of hyperglycemia through a hypoglycaemic effect.
5) High blood pressure
High blood pressure is such a common condition but thankfully, cerasee has the potential to aid with its regulation.
The gallic acid, which acts as an antioxidant, and the potassium, which regulates heart muscle function are instrumental components of bitter melon and help to manage blood pressure.
6) Skin health
Research has shown that cerasee can treat and aid with improving the condition of several skin problems, including skin rash, eczema, acne, skin ulcer, wounds, and sores.
To get the benefit, it is best to brew the cerasee for a cerasee tea bush bath or wash.
To create this bath, simply boil the bitter melon’s vine, stems, and leaves as you would normally do for a cup of tea.
However, use a much bigger container. Allow the tea to cool then you can use it to soak and bathe the skin several times per week.
Here are some other ailments that cerasee may be able to manage and remedy:
aids arthritis and rheumatism management
can lower cholesterol
could reduce inflammation
may detoxify the blood and the body and purifies the blood
can relieve constipation
may treat abdominal pain
may relieve menstrual pain
can combat parasitic worms, dysentery, indigestion, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems
may prevent anemia due to the iron present in the bitter melon plant
may prevent depression
can encourage weight loss
can help to repair organs after childbirth.
Cerasee Tea Side Effects
Although there are so many health benefits to derive from consuming cerasee, you have to be careful with this very potent plant.
It is a good source of many essential nutrients but can have ill effects, particularly when too much is consumed.
For women, it can cause vaginal bleeding, contractions during pregnancy, and abortion.
Liver damage, headache, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, extreme hypoglycemia, favism, and coma induction are also possible side effects of consuming too much bitter melon.
Bitter melon tea is quite potent with numerous compounds and nutrients and commonly used.
In the Caribbean, it is used as a remedy for several ailments and research has backed many of the medicinal benefits ascribed to this plant.
The entire plant is edible and can even be used in a bath formulation on the skin.
Bitter melon teas can also act as a blood purifier and reduce high blood pressure, control diabetes, remedy stomach problems, and relieve arthritic symptoms.
Making the tea is quite simple but brace yourself for a strong, bitter taste.
Unfortunately, better melon tea cannot and should not be consumed too frequently, as it may cause serious side effects, including bleeding and abortion for women.
It can even reduce your blood sugar to dangerously low levels.
Cerasee tea is no doubt a powerful concoction that can aid with your daily medical issues; however, exercise much caution with its use.
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