Bitter Leaf: reduces the risk of breast cancer and Type 2 diabetes
Bitter leaf has also been used for its medicinal properties for centuries, ingested in order to support immune systems, prevent sickness, support liver functions, manage diabetes, detoxify the body.
A University of Texas study found that bitter leaf can reduce the risk of breast cancer and Type 2 diabetes, two chronic diseases that will impact millions of people. In the U.S. alone, 1 out of every 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute, while the Centers for Disease Control reports that more than 100 million Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes. A Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Laboratory study from Jackson State University also noted that bitter leaf inhibited prostate cancer growth.
Meanwhile, the Journal of Vascular Health and Risk Management reported that bitter leaf can reduce bad cholesterol (it reduced it a whopping 50% in an animal model), while Food Chemistry reported that bitter leaf has an abundance of antioxidants. These types of results are likely just the beginning, with a wide variety of additional studies currently measuring an array of different health and medical benefits currently underway.
Of course, one of the issues that many people have with bitter leaf can be found right in the name – it’s bitter. Many bitter foods are beneficial to your health because they jumpstart the digestive system and are believed to support probiotics, including foods like apple cider vinegar, bitter greens like arugula, and fruits like grapefruit, but that doesn’t mean it’s always enjoyable to eat very bitter foods.