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Health benefits of Ampalaya

Ampalaya (Bitter Melon)
Ampalaya (Bitter Melon)

By Gerry Cornejo

HEALTH BENEFITS OF AMPALAYA

Ampalaya ( Bitter Melon) or it’s scientific name, Momordica charantia has been a folkloric cure for generations but has now been proven to be an effective herbal medicine for many ailments.

The Philippine Department of Health has endorsed Ampalaya as an alternative herbal medicine for liver problems. Research has shown that Ampalaya increases the production of beta cells by the pancreas, thereby improving the body’s ability to produce insulin that controls the blood sugar for diabetics.

Ampalaya leaves and fruits are excellent sources of vitamin B, Iron, Calcium and phosphorus. It is also rich in betacarotene.

Analgesic. The juice of Amplaya is used to alleviate symptoms of fever, headache and body pains.

Eye problems. Amplaya juice is also used to treat eye related problems that include sty and sore eyes. It is thought to improve eyesight and prevents the development of cataract.

Respiratory ailments. The juice from amplaya fruit and leaves are used to treat various respiratory problems that may include, asthma, wheezing cough, bronchitis and pharyngitis.

Hair and scalp problems. Ampalaya or bitter gourd has been used to treat various hair and scalp problems that may include hair loss, dry scalp, lice and pimples on the scalp.

Weight loss. Ampalaya is also used to promote body metabolism and the burning of fats thus it is valued as a weight loss supplement.

Source of energy. The vitamins and mineral found in ampalaya is considered as a stamina builder that combats fatigue.

Antioxidant. Amplaya is also considered as a potent anti-oxidant acitivity that counters the oxidation of free radicals that is the cause of cancer.

Stomach problems. Ampalaya leaf extract is a folkloric remedy for various stomach ache and problems that include indigestion, dyspepsia, parasite infestation, diarrhea and constipation.

Hepatoprotection activity. Ampalaya is used as a herbal remedy to protect the liver from damage due to intake of alcohol and other harmful substances.

Skin problems. Ampalaya is crushed or rubbed over the skin to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, wounds, burns and ulcers.

Boosts the immune system. Ampalaya is also used to boost the immune system and as a supplement to build body resistance during sickness.

HIV virus. Ampalaya is also being considered as treatment of viral diseases that include HIV, malaria, chicken fox and measles.

Menopause. Ampalaya tea is taken as a remedy for pain and discomfort associated to menopause.

Anti-inflammatory activity. Ampalaya leaf extract combined with coconut oil is used to alleviate inflammation and pain associated to gout, arthritis, rheumatism and other body pains.

Cholesterol control. Ampalaya is also widely consumed to lower the cholesterol level in the blood that helps to prevent the build up of plaque along the arterial walls.

Hemorrhoids. Ampalaya is used as astringent to treat hemorrhoids.

Contraceptive. Ampalaya has been used in folkloric medicine as an abortificient and as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy.

PINOY TRIVIA: International Celebrities of Filipino Ancestry

Singer Bruno Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez, is the son of a Filipino mother who used to live in the Philippines before migrating to Hawaii. He is a multi-Grammy awardee who sang chart-topping singles such as “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” and “The Lazy Song”.

Apl.de.Ap is a member of the Grammy award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas. Born in Pampanga, Apl speaks both Tagalog and Kapampangan language fluently. He currently performs in Philippine TV shows and was a judge in The Voice Philippines.

Hailee Steinfield is a famous Hollywood actress known for her role as Juliet Capulet in the 2013 film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, and as Emily Junk in the musical comedy movie Pitch Perfect 2. Just recently, she visited Manila attractions and performed several shows in Manila. She was interviewed by several media outfit regarding her Filipino roots. Steinfield told the press that her maternal grandfather is half-Filipino, hailing from Bohol.

Enrique Iglesias is the son of Filipino socialite Isabel Preysler and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. He rose to fame with his popular singles Hero, Bailamos, and Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song). Enrique also happens to be a cousin of singer-actress Ana Maria de Tagle, and second-cousin of actor-model Steven McQueen, both also have Filipino blood in them.

Nicole Scherzinger, (Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like her?) Nicole Prescovia Valiente was born to a Filipino father and a Hawaiian mother rose to fame as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, the girl group that popularized the songs Don’t Cha, Stickwithu, When I Grow Up, and I Hate This Part, among others. Nicole later on departed from Pussycat Dolls. After her departure, she won the 10th season of Dancing With The Stars, released her solo album Killer Love in 2011, and and returned to acting with a role in Men in Black 3 in 2012.

Ana Maria Perez de Tagle, whose parents are both Filipinos, played the character Ashley Dewitt on the hit Disney show Hannah Montana? Ana also appeared in the movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam as Ella Pador. She’s also pursuing her music career in the US. Ana said that her singing coach was her grandmother, the legendary Philippine actress and singer Sylvia La Torre!

PINOY SENSE OF HUMOR (Pagkamapagpatawa )

TATAY: Anak! Ano itong F sa card mo ha?
ANAK: (Nag-iisip) Tatay, Fasado poi big sabihin niyan.
TATAY: Aaah… akala ko Ferfect

BATA: Pabili po ng ubas.
TINDERA: Wala kaming ubas!
(Kinabukasan)
BATA: Pabili pong ubas.
TINDERA: Wala nga kaming ubas! Isa pang tanong iistepler ko nay an bibig mo.
(Kinabukasan uli)
BATA: May stapler kayo?
TINDERA: Wala, bakit gusto mong bumili na stapler?
BATA: Hindi po, pabili po ng ubas.

TEACHER: Mario, kilala mo ba si Andres Bonifacio?
MARIO: Hindi po, m’am.
TEACHER: Greg, ikaw, kilala mo ba si Apolinario Mabini?
GREG: Hindi po, m’am.
TEACHER: Ha? Wala ba sa inyo ang nakakakilala kina Andres Bonifacio at Apolinario Mabini?
JUAN: M’am baka po na sa kabiliang section sila.

Sa loob ng mall.
BF: Love, yan yun dati kong girlfriend.
GF: Ha? Ang pangit pangit naman!
BF: Wala akong magagawa, hon, yan talaga ang weakness ko ever since.

Hugot: Ang pagmamahal ko sa iyo ay parang ulam naming kagabi – UBOS NA!

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