Benefits Of Karela

In Ayurveda there are 6 types of Ras: Madhur (Sweet), Amla (Acidic), Lavan (Salty), Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter), Kashay (Astringent). Generally we include all tastes in our food except Bitter.

Karela is a bitter in taste and has several good qualities. Now these days due to sedentary life style we are struggling with life style diseases. By including Karela in our meal we can it. Its health benefits are exactly we need today.


Following are the qualities in Karela:

High on nutrition:

Karela contains iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins like A and C. It contains twice the calcium of spinach and beta-carotene of broccoli. Various anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are present in bitter gourd hence it strengthens the immune system, improves respiratory health and boosts skin health.

Good for Cholesterol:

Karela helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels and thus helpful in decreasing heart disease and stroke.

Great for Diabetics:

Karela contains charantin, which has anti – diabetic properties. This component actively helps in reducing the blood sugar levels in the body. Bitter gourd acts as a hypoglycemic agent. It is rich source of soluble fiber and is low in glycemic index, which helps in lowering the blood sugar level.

Boosts weight loss:

Bitter gourd is low in calories, fat and carbohydrates. These properties together help in weight management. It keeps you full for longer, so you avoid over-eating. It stimulates the liver to secrete bile acids that are essential for metabolizing fat in the body.


Baidyanth is a century old organization and know people’s requirements. Following are some formulations of Karela from Baidyanath:

  1. Karela Churna
  2. Karela Capsule
  3. Jamun - Karela (Ready to drink juice)
  4. Jamun - Karela (Concentrated juice)

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