Newsletters - July 1998

Momordica charantia (bitter melon) is a proven hypoglycemic agent. One of the active principles responsible for this action is charantin, which is composed of a mixture of beta-sitosterol-beta-D-glucoside and 5,25 stigmadien-3-beta-ol glycoside. It is therefore important that the extract be standardized for both total bitter principles and charantin.


Momordica charantia is a potential herbal alternative for blood sugar management, particularly in non-insulin dependent diabetes. An extract standardized for all the active principles would have proven efficacy in this regard. The standardized extract of Momordica charantia, Momordicin™, supplied by Sabinsa Corporation, contains a minimum of 7% bitter principles and 0.5% charantin.


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