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Many people around the world use natural remedies to treat a variety of health conditions, from diabetes to high blood pressure. Cerasee tea is a natural remedy traditionally used in the Caribbean. Cerassee tea is a type of bush tea — a tea made from local plants. It’s typically made by boiling fresh leaves and stems of a wild variety of Momordica charantia, or bitter melon plant, which is known as cerasee in Jamaica. 


Besides the stem and leaves, the bitter melon plant bears wart-covered, bitter-tasting fruits that can be enjoyed cooked or raw. They’re a popular ingredient in Asian dishes. The fruit, leaves, and seeds of the bitter melon plant have been shown to have medicinal properties and are used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world. For example, cerasee tea is a popular herbal treatment in the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica.


In the Caribbean, the tea is used to treat a number of ailments, ranging from high blood pressure to constipation. The tea is also purported to have detoxifying and purifying properties, which is why some people use it in an effort to rid their bodies of toxins. That said, the science behind removing so-called toxins from your body via special diets or drinks isn’t supported by science.


Every part of the bitter melon plant contains medicinal compounds. In fact, scientists have identified more than 200 compounds from the fruit, seeds, leaves, roots, and vines of the plant, many of which may benefit your health.


For example, the stems, leaves, and fruits contain plant compounds called saponins, mostly in the form of triterpenoid saponins, which are thought to provide antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory benefits.


One 2008 test-tube study found that leaf extract of the bitter melon plant had powerful antioxidant activity, which may help protect against cellular damage.


Another study also confirmed the antimicrobial and antiviral properties of the leaf extract, demonstrating its ability to inhibit the growth of Escherichia coli and Bacillus cereus bacteria, both of which can cause illness in humans.


Furthermore, it’s speculated that extracts from bitter melon leaves may have anticancer properties.

For example, rodent and test-tube studies have demonstrated that bitter melon leaf extract may be effective against certain types of cancer, including prostate, lung, stomach, cervical, and skin cancer.


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