Everything You Need to Know About the Karela Juice Trend (Plus Benefits)

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Have you heard about the current Karela juice trend? It’s currently sweeping the nation as the best way to get all your nutrients and lose weight. People swear by it as a power juicer.

Think you want to try it out for yourself? It could be beneficial, but you want to make sure you have all the information you could possibly need. With our guide, you’ll not just learn about all the benefits but also the best way to use karela juice in your diet. You’ll also learn about some of the dangers of having too much of the juice on a regular basis.

Are you ready to learn everything you need to know about the karela juice trend?

What Exactly Is Karela Juice?

Karela is a fruit, also known as momordica charantia. It’s extremely bitter, which is why it’s also sometimes referred to as bitter melon or bitter gourd. You may also hear it called bitter cucumber and carilla fruit. All the names are about the same type of fruit, so try not to get confused! To help avoid any confusion throughout this piece, we’ll keep calling it karela.

You’ll find the bitter fruit in Indian, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa. It’s been used in Eastern medicines for centuries, due to its multiple healing properties. Many cultures still opt for it as a medical item, especially when the fruit is unripe.

This is something that you’ll find in most of the Eastern cuisine. It can help to add flavor to curries, soups, stir-fries, and much more. When combined with other vegetables, the bitterness can be masked, which is why it’s so popular with the spices and herbs. However, eaten raw the bitterness can be too much and leaves a nasty taste in the mouth for many. Therefore, it hasn’t quite reached the Western world.

Karela juice is made just like any other fruit juice. The juice of the fruit is extracted, with the pulp left behind. It’s not that surprising that karela juice has become a trend, considering there are many experts that recommend juicing for energy boosts, weight loss, and more. Like other fruits, karela can be added with other ingredients to help lessen the bitterness, but it is more popular on its own.

Eating or drinking raw karela juice is the best way to get all the nutrients. Even boiling can lead to the destruction of some of the nutrients. It’s best to play it safe.

Health Benefits of Karela Juice

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If it’s so bitter, why are so many people opting for this juice? Well, the simple answer is the health benefits. Eastern medicine isn’t the only type that can benefit from it.

However, it’s worth pointing out that while patients have noticed these health benefits, studies haven’t proven them just yet. There is still research needed and there are some downsides to consider before you start stocking up on the fruit.

Here’s a look at the health benefits of drinking karela juice.

Treat and prevent Type II diabetes. One of the main reasons people drink karela juice is because of the abilities to treat and prevent Type II diabetes. This is a condition where the body doesn’t react to insulin properly, leading to high or low blood sugar levels. Having incorrect glucose levels could leave you with many health problems.

Studies have considered the claims that karela juice can help treat and prevent Type II diabetes. After all, a fruit juice is full of natural sugars, right? Scientists have found that there are compounds that can help activate the AMPK enzyme. This is a protein that you can naturally active through exercise, but you can do it throughout the day with karela juice, too.

The research is still in early stages. If you are taking medication to activate the AMPK then you will still want to take them. Adding a natural treatment can help further activate them and reverse your diabetes.

Reduce the risk of cancer. Another powerful benefit is the protection against cancer. When cancer spreads through the body, cells grow and form abnormally throughout. They take over and it can be hard to kill off all damaged cells. Doctors still know little about the formation of the cancerous cells, although there are toxins and chemicals blamed.

Karela juice can help prevent the formation of some cancer cells. This is especially beneficial for pancreatic cancer, which is still one of the most dangerous types of cancers around.

Scientists are doing studies into the effects, but again they’re still in the early stages. The good news is the early stages are proving beneficial.

Treating HIV and AIDS. Some studies have shown that the karela juice may help to treat HIV and prevent the formation of AIDS. HIV remains as one of the most dangerous viruses if you don’t get it under control. Medication to help prevent the development of the disease is available. There’s currently nothing to reverse it and get rid of it entirely.

Studies show that karela has a phytonutrient compound that could help to fight the HIV infection. So far, the lab tests look good, but the studies still have a long way to go before becoming a definite replacement for pharmaceutical medication.

The drugs can offer numerous side effects, so there are patients waiting for trial karela juice. It is something that could work alongside your current medication.

Protect against liver damage. Liver damage will affect your whole health. The liver is needed to get rid of toxins in the body, so if it doesn’t work properly all your organs are affected by toxins. Karela juice shows positive effects in protecting the liver from damage through the antioxidants. It’s these antioxidants that help to prevent the cancers mentioned above.

The studies are currently carried out in lab rats. Human studies are still to take place, but since there are minimal risks to adding karela juice to your diet it could be worth trying.

Treating psoriasis. There are many people around the world struggling with psoriasis, a skin condition that makes the skin look red and scaly. It’s annoying, painful, and unsightly. You just want rid of it as soon as possible. But there are very few skin products that can help, as usually something interacts with the skin and causes more problems.

Karela juice appears to be one of the best options. It inhibits the guanylate cyclise enzyme, which is partial to blame for the development of psoriasis in the body. Again, studies still need to be carried out, but you can just drink a glass of the juice a day and get all the vitamins into your diet. You can also use karela juice as a base for skin creams to apply directly.

The juice has also been used to treat skin abscesses and wounds in the past. So far doctors haven’t been able to prove these claims.

Improve stomach complaints. Feel nauseous or unwell? Karela juice can help. Many Indian remedies for stomach upsets have included karela juice. Sometimes the whole fruit has also been used. The juice has been considered good for treating constipation and indigestion and helping to get rid of stomach aches and flatulence.

However, it’s important to note that karela is an emetic. This means that it can cause vomiting. While you wouldn’t usually want to do this, in cases of poisoning it can be beneficial.

There are side effects of diarrhea and some stomach pain, so it’s not going to be the best option for stomach issues!

Get rid of kidney stones. Your liver isn’t the only organ that gets help. Your kidneys can too. Karela can be used to treat kidney stones, although studies are still underway to test these claims. The juice can help to cleanse the body and keep the kidneys functioning.

There’s also the hydration benefits. You get fluid in some sort of way, which can help to improve your bladder and urination health.

Claims of a Weight Loss Cure

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There are some claims that karela juice is the perfect weight loss cure. It’s supposed to increase your metabolism, helping to get over metabolic syndrome and burn more calories throughout the day. However, there are currently no studies to support this.

It’s worth pointing out that the body doesn’t always recognize calories in the form of liquid. That is, the body doesn’t recognize the calories as food. While the calories are there, the body will still tell you that you’re hungry after drinking juice. This can lead to an overconsumption of calories throughout the day and lead to weight gain.

Finding Karela Juice in Your Local Town

Because of its bitterness, the fruit tends not to be sold in normal grocery stores. There isn’t enough of an uptake like there is with many other Eastern fruits. Unless you have a specialist section, you will likely need to visit your local Indian or Asian markets for the fruit. You can then juice it in the way you would with any fruit.

You may also find karela juice in your local Indian or Asian stores. Look out for juice that has no additives and preservatives. You want it as pure as possible for all the health benefits.

It is also possible to get the juice in supplement form. This isn’t as good for the health, but it can help you get rid of the bitter taste of the fruit.

When you opt for the fruit to juice yourself, you want to find the unripe options. These offer the best health benefits. If the fruit isn’t grown locally, it can be difficult to get exactly what you want. Look out for green skin with minimal yellow. The skin turns yellow as it ripens. Think of it as a banana that goes from green to yellow as it ripens! The karela should also feel firms and have a crisp, watery texture when cutting; almost like a cucumber!

The Side Effects of Karela Juice

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While there are health benefits, there are also noted side effects of using karela juice. This is especially if you have more than one glass of karela juice a day.

Some studies show that the juice lowers the blood sugar levels. While this should be good for helping to treat Type II diabetes, if your blood sugars are at normal levels, you could end up suffering from levels that are too low. This is called hypoglycemia and is just as dangerous as hyperglycemia. It can also cause hypoglycemia in diabetes patients, especially those who take medications. If you are going to try adding it to your diet, let your doctor know so they can make sure your medication is the right dosage.

Doctors don’t advise karela juice for pregnant women. It can lead to some uterine contractions and bleeding. There are risks of hemorrhaging, early labor, and other complications for both you and your baby. Your doctor will offer alternatives if you are worried about any of the conditions karela juice can help to treat or prevent.

Your doctor will be interested in hearing about any herbal remedies you are trying. They don’t want to shoot your attempts to improve your health down but want to make sure you really do benefit from them. There is still very little known about all the benefits and side effects of karela juice, which can make it dangerous. Before you try any herbal remedy, you should discuss with your doctor.

Should You Try the Karela Juice Trend?

There are certainly many benefits to karela juice. This is something that could help to reduce your risk of Type II diabetes and cancer. You could even protect against kidney stones and liver disease, and treat HIV if you have it. However, it’s not the perfect cure. There are dangers to including it in your diet, especially if you are currently pregnant. The best thing to do is discuss the fruit with your doctor to determine the best way to look after your health.

Nomophobia: A Rising Trend in Students

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Hee Priya,

Nope, never got a reply; never found the source. Guess providing citation isn’t something psychology today worries about :P.
I also did not found a recent and credible source worth citing for my paper. Instead I showcased the Motorola campaign with Ashton Kutcher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qUZai-kGgA

Furthermore some other stuff that may be interesting to you if you are writing about the relationship of humans with/to mobile phones.
In ‘Life on Screen’ Sherry Turkle discusses how children distinguish what is alive and what is not.
“Traditionally, children had defined what was special about people in contrast to what they saw as their
‘nearest neighbors,’ their pet dogs, cats, and horses. Children believe that pets, like people, have desires.
But in contrast to animals what stands out dramatically about people is our gifts of speech and reason.
Computational objects upset this traditional scenario. The computer, too, seemed to have gifts if speech and
reason. [..] Children identified with computational objects as psychological entities and came to see them as
their new nearest neighbors.” (Turkle, 81)

In ‘Technics and
Time: The Fault of Epimetheus’ Bernard Stiegler to used to myth/legend of Epimetheus to position humans as empty and powerless in itself and technology as our ultimate ‘quality’ therefore humans are technology.

In ‘Second Self’ Sherry Turkle talks about the interaction and expectations of humans towards machines.
are “terrified of being alone, yet afraid of intimacy, we experience widespread feelings of emptiness, of
disconnection, of the unreality of self. And here the computer, a companion without emotional demands, offers a compromise. You can be a loner, but never alone. You can interact, but need never feel vulnerable to another person” ( 279).
[Our smartphones have become] “a sign [..] that we are wanted by those we know. [..] It is not
surprising that we project the possibility of love, surprise, amusement and warmth onto our communications devices.” (278).

Stiegler wrote that phillia, translated as friendship, is the most precious good in the era of social technologies. Friends are
those that affect us with emotion of love, desire and kinship, but also by their absence. The lack, conceptualised by Lacan, is always there (Stiegler, The Most Precious Good in the Era of Social Technologies)

^ basically my essay in conceptual nuggets.

This Sugar-Free Juice Trend Is Making It 100X Easier To Eat Veggies On The Go

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There’s little in life more satisfying than gulping down your daily serving of veggies—all those great nutrients, sans the effort of chewing or prep work. But often, those glowing green bottles aren’t as good for you as their packaging would lead you to believe. While some brands are great, many are filled with sugar—up to 10 times what is recommended to consume in a day. With typical bottled juices, all of the fiber is also removed, meaning those sugars hit your body like a soda, with the same blood-sugar-spiking roller-coaster reaction.

Luckily, a new option has hit shelves in recent months—and it’s a good one. Bottled savory juices have begun to populate shelves at health-minded grocery stores. What’s a savory juice, you ask? It’s similar to a soup (some of the brands even call themselves soups)—but instead of needing to be heated and poured into a bowl, you simply drink these straight from the bottle, just like the traditional juices you’re used to (with the same grab-and-go, toss-it-in-your-bag convenience for later ease of experience). They’re typically high pressure processed, a form of pasteurization that allows the drink to be bacteria-safe while retaining the vast majority of its nutrients and enzymes. Unlike bottled juices, these also are blended, meaning they keep all of their fiber, which helps keep you full and ensures your blood sugar stays stable for hours.

The bottom line? The new savory juices are a great way to stock your day with nutrients, even when you’re on the go. Here are a few of our favorite brands:

1. Bonafide Drinkable Veggies.

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This bone-broth spiked blend combines the gut-healing superfood with farm fresh vegetables for an irresistibly savory flavor. With flavors featuring spring peas, butternut squash, roasted carrots, beets, and more, these are the most protein-rich of the bunch, containing 6 to 11 grams of protein per serving. The roasted-red-pepper blend was an office favorite.

2. Tio Gazpacho.

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Backed by big-deal chef Jose Andres, these drinkable gazpachos pack a flavor punch. With winning flavor profiles (strawberry, basil, romaine, anyone?), these have a decidedly Latin flair. We loved the Verde, made with avocado, kale, and mint; and the Maiz, a corn and poblano chili version that tasted like it had come straight off the table of a fine-dining restaurant.

3. Zupa Noma.

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A favorite of cookbook author Ayesha Curry, these soups are organic and have an official Whole30-approved sticker and tons of fun flavors. We loved the Beet Orange Basil, which was earthy and sweet with a zesty kick, and the Yellow Pepper Turmeric, which has sulfur-rich cauliflower alongside the anti-inflammatory super spice.

Feel like cooking for yourself? This superfood salad has two ingredients that reverse skin aging!

The New York Fashion Week Trend We Can Get Behind

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At its very core, New York Fashion Week isn’t sustainable. It functions off the idea that people need new clothes every season, feeding into the cycle of consumerism. However, innovative designers are starting to push back against this norm in their own subversive ways. So far this year, New York–based indie label Vaquera has sent a model down the runway clad in plastic grocery bags and Amazon Prime orders, and Yuna Yang released a “Save the Earth” collection of clothing that mimics shapes found in nature. Newcomer Livari took things a step further by releasing a line that is defined in its sustainability.

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The trio behind the zero-waste capsule collection—celebrity stylist Claudine DeSola, designer Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, and actress and activist Alysia Reiner—turned fabrics that other designers cast aside into 13 versatile staples made to last a lifetime, not a season.

No waste, no problem.

In addition to being zero-waste, many of the looks sent down the runway also utilized unconventional materials, like a miniskirt made of fish leather to a detachable overskirt dyed with root pigments. Their premiere show was a testament to the fact that eco-friendly clothing can be stylish, modern, and surprising at the same time.

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“I’ve always been a zero-waste designer. I use excess stock, [but] usually it’s not naturally dyed or fish skin. It was really exciting to work outside of my comfort zone,” explains St. Bernard-Jacobs. “I loved working with the naturally dyed fabric. The color was so rich and caught the light on the runway really well. For us, it showed that clothing that doesn’t harm the environment can be showstopping and perfect for the red carpet… I never want clothing made from remnants to look like they were made from remnants. No one should be able to tell.” Each design was also created to be as versatile as possible, some even complete with adjustable hems and waistlines that grow with the wearer.

People’s favorite piece of clothing tends to have a story to it.


Last week, feminist anthems boomed in the background of the Livari show, reminding the crowd that this was a line designed by women for women. “Before we designed anything, we invited a bunch of women with different body types, backgrounds, and career paths—everything from people in fashion to actors to businesswomen—and talked to them about what about fashion they love and what they hate,” says Reiner, the Orange Is the New Black star who is also a passionate environmentalist. “The two things that kept coming up were fit and versatility and story. People’s favorite piece of clothing tends to have a story to it.”

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Livari’s storyline comes through in the T-shirt-back detailing that appeared in multiple pieces: the outline of a backbone, representing the idea that women are the backbone of society. The hair draped over it was fashioned into warrior-esque braids that mirrored this sturdy shape and further emphasized feminine strength.

The models themselves also imparted each look with a unique power. Acclaimed environmentalist Summer Rayne Oakes and African-American Muslim activist Blair Imani were just a few names on the lineup of accomplished women. Imani walked down the runway sporting a hijab, and she was followed by a model holding a baby, sporting a dress meant for breastfeeding. It was a sequence that perfectly illustrated the idea that the line intends to be accessible for everyone.

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“Personally I think that the designers who only choose white girls with blond hair are missing out so much—on all these other women that are so strong and so beautiful,” says DeSola. As for the models’ pre-runway ritual? A kundalini breathwork class backstage to quell nerves and promote confidence.

The anti-fashion mentality.

Livari’s first showing was an electric one, and hordes of audience members took to the runway afterward to feel the creations for themselves. The brand plans to keep the momentum going by finding retail partners to bring their creations to the consumer under a unique business model.

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“My partners love the idea of finding a retail partner that will allow us to set up a studio with our seamstress and sell our collection as the demand happens. As an industry, we are overproducing and overspending, and we hope to just create pieces when people want them. This way, we’ll produce less waste and help the customer feel empowered by her purchase. We want to slow things down to make people think, ‘Do I really want that dress? And can I wear that dress for years to come?'” says DeSola. This mentality couldn’t be more different from a fast-fashion approach.

It’s refreshing to see manufacturers recommending that customers actually don’t buy their clothing unless they truly need them. In an age when 15 percent of fabric used to make a garment ends up in the landfill, here’s hoping this zero-waste, minimalist mentality becomes a fashion industry norm, not exception.

The wearable innovation doesn’t end here. Check out these designs fashioned from ocean material and these ones made from the wellness world’s favorite beverage, kombucha.