Gohyah, or bitter gourd, is a health-promoting vegetable. Agree? If herbal teas get your energy flowing, then gohyah tea is sure to perk you up. The bitter beverage can sweeten your life in several ways.
Would you like to know more? Read on!
Bitter gourd, or bitter melon, is common in Asia and is well known for its incredible health benefits (1). It has a large amount of plant phytonutrients that enable us to protect ourselves against dangerous diseases like cancer.
Amongst vegetables, it is the most bitter. The taste might make a few wary, but the vegetable is well-liked in millions of households for its nutritional offerings. You get antioxidants, fiber, folate, iron, vitamin C, Vitamin A, B-complex, flavonoids, manganese, potassium, zinc, and magnesium.
Now that we know the strength of a bitter gourd, it is hard to dispute the gains from its tea infusion. Gohyah tea is prepared from the vegetable’s dried slices. It has medicinal applications with the Chinese regularly supplementing their diets with gohyah tea. The herbal tea is used to naturally prevent chronic conditions like cancer and diabetes (2). It can also ward off infections.
Following are the health benefits of drinking gohyah tea.
1. Controls High Blood Sugar:
Gohyah tea is known to control high blood sugar and moderate insulin resistance, thereby preventing diabetes (3). Regular consumption of this tea has even reduced abnormally high sugar levels in type II diabetics. The vegetable contains a plant insulin named polypeptide-P, which lowers blood sugar. It also contains a component named charantin that enhances glucose uptake. Gohyah tea, for this reason, is an alternative treatment for diabetes.
Nevertheless, people with hypoglycemia or low blood sugar are warned against taking this herbal supplement. Any decisions to change medical treatment should always involve your doctor. Besides, though it does control blood sugar levels, gohyah tea is not a stand-alone treatment choice for diabetes.
2. Prevents Obesity:
The herbal supplement prevents the storage of fat cells in the body (4). Gohyah tea accomplishes this by breaking down triglycerides and fatty acids so that they are metabolized rather than stored. This efficiently prevents obesity, and as a bonus also reduces high blood pressure.
3. Slows Aging:
The tea has vitamin C, which acts a natural boost to your skin. The vitamin helps vitalize the tissues by flushing out toxins and building new cells. Since vitamin C aids in wound healing, gohyah tea can correct imperfections. The vitamin is also an antioxidant, flushing out free radicals that damage your body and make you age faster (5).
4. Fights Cancer:
Goyah tea is extremely beneficial to protect yourself against the known and unknown health risks. Its store of phytonutrients sweep through the body, neutralizing harmful oxidative damage to individual cells (6). Potential cancer-causing cells are rendered normal with these powerful antioxidants.
5. Treats Infections:
Bitter gourd is lauded across the globe for its medicinal properties. Similarly, gohyah tea can also treat minor infections owing to its antimicrobial qualities. Heal fever, cough and infected wounds naturally with this herbal alternative.
These are some of the well-known benefits that gohyah tea offers. It is easy to inculcate it into your daily life. Here’s how.
Gohyah Tea Preparation:
- Draw thin slices from bitter gourd
- Leave the skin intact
- You can also use leaves from the plant
- Take the slices or leaves and add to boiling water
- Boil for five to ten minutes until the slices/leaves steep
- Remove the slices/leaves and serve the broth
- You can add sweeteners to mask the bitter taste
Gohyah tea is also available as tea bags. Repeat similar procedure with tea bags to prepare the tea.
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