Okinawa, Japan, boasts one of the world’s highest life expectancy rates, with five times more centenarians than the rest of Japan. Their diet, rich in vegetables and soy products, contributes significantly to their extended lifespans.
A key component of their diet is the bitter melon, a nutrient-dense fruit packed with vitamins C, A, and E, as well as potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and antioxidants.
Bitter melon has shown potential benefits for diabetes and prediabetes due to compounds that help lower blood sugar, acting similarly to insulin.
While the bitter taste may deter some, integrating bitter melon into curries, soups, or opting for supplements or concentrated juice can be effective ways to reap its health benefits.