ID#: 15580
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This image shows a grouping of oblong fruits known as bitter melon. These were of the Chinese variety, each wrapped in its individual protective covering, preventing damage during shipment. See PHIL 15581, for a view of what is referred to as the subcontinent variety, with its highly-textured exterior, found on the Indian subcontinent. A number of medicinal attributes have been ascribed to these fruits including anticancer properties, they’re eaten as a folk remedy for their antihelmintic ability, killing intestinal nematodes, as an antimalarial, and antiviral. Studies indicate a possible cardioprotective attribute, as well as possible antidiabetic properties, and uses in weight loss therapy to name a few.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Eric Grafman
Creation Date: 2013
Photo Credit: Eric Grafman
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