Karela juice is extracted from a bitter gourd, which is sometimes difficult to find in stores. So, it is advisable you try growing your own gourd and then make the juice yourself. When consumed in moderately, karela juice serves as a very good remedy to help with blood disorders, weight loss, and bad hangovers. It is proven to even help lower blood glucose levels in diabetics. A juicing machine seems to be the perfect method of extracting your karela juice. However, you can also extract the juice with your household blender instead of being spending hundreds of dollars on a juicer.
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HOW TO MAKE KARELA JUICE
To make a good Karela Juice, below are the things you’ll need:
- Bitter gourd
- Paring knife
- Salt or lemon juice
- Apple juice
- Black pepper
- Wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- Chaat masala
Step by steps to make karela juice:
First of all, you need to cut the skin from the bitter gourd with a small kitchen paring knife. Wash the gourd thoroughly under cold running water and then place it on a cutting board.
The second step is to slice the bitter gourd down the center with a kitchen knife. Scoop out the seeds and the white flesh from the bitter gourd with a tablespoon, leaving the green outer section.
Cut the outer green flesh of the bitter gourd into small to medium-size cubes, do this with a sharp knife.
Scoop the bitter gourd cubes into a bowl and then cover them with water. If you want to the bitterness off, you can soak the cubes for up to 30 minutes in a bowl of water with just about ½ juices from half a lemon or teaspoon of salt.
Now you need to add the bitter gourd to a blender. Pour water, apple juice or lemon juice into the blender or juicer to lessen its bitter taste, this makes the karela juice more palatable. You can as well add honey, black pepper and ginger to make the karela juice tastier. You must blend the ingredients to make the juice smooth and uniform.
The sixth step is to place several layers of cheesecloth or a wire mesh strainer over glass or bowl. Pour the blended juice through the strainer to remove any solid pieces of the bitter gourd. Press the solids extracts against the wire mesh with the back of a tablespoon or alternatively squeeze the cheesecloth to extract as much juice as you can.
This is the final step. You need to place the karela juice in the refrigerator to cool between an-hour to two. After then, pour the Karela juice into a drink serving glass; top the juice with a chaat masala or just sprinkle black pepper on it and serve.
Benefits of Karela juice
Below are some essential benefits of drinking bitter gourd juice.
1. Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels
According to the World Health Organization, over 382 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide. Bitter gourd comprises a compound that is an insulin-like in nature; this compound is referred to as p-insulin or Polypeptide-p which has been proven to control diabetes naturally.
2. It lowers bad cholesterol levels
One of the major benefits of Bitter gourd juice is that it is anti-inflammatory and also helps to lower bad cholesterol levels in your body. Thus, it drastically reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.
3. Good for glowing skin and lustrous hair
Are you longing for that flawless and perfect skin? Bitter gourd juice has been proven to have powerful anti-oxidants alongside vitamin C and A, which prevents your skin from getting aged prematurely and also, diminishes wrinkles.
4. Cleanses the liver and cures hangovers
Got excess alcohol in your body system after a crazy night party? You can get rid of it quite easily and quickly by just sipping some bitter gourd juice, which wipes out alcoholic intoxication that has already settled in your liver.
5. Helps in weight loss
Bitter gourd is low in calories, carbohydrates, and protein. This keeps you full for a long time, and therefore, it can easily fit in your weight loss plan.
6. Helps to boost your immune system
Bitter gourd fights against bacteria and viruses, and also strengthens your immunity. So taking Karela Juice will prevent you from allergies and indigestion. The antioxidants are very powerful defense mechanisms that fight against illnesses and as well wrestle against free-radical damage that can cause different types of cancers.
7. Great for your eyes
Research also has it that taking Karela Juice helps in preventing vision-related problems like cataract. Since it has compounds like vitamin A and beta-carotene which are healthy for your eyes and also strengthens eyesight as well.