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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dear Donovan,

Can you tell me the benefits of cerasee; whether it can be used as a detox and if it is safe to take when pregnant?

The cerasee plant, scientifically known as Momordica Charantia, is native to Africa and the Middle East. However, it can now be found almost in all parts of the world. The yellow fruit which the plant produces, bitter melon or bitter guard, can be eaten raw, and is cooked in many Chinese and Indian dishes.

In Jamaica, cerasee is a very popular herb. The leaves and stem are usually boiled or drawn into a tea and taken for a number of ailments including hypertension, diabetes, parasitic worms, abdominal pains, and purging/detoxing the body and blood. Cerasee is also used for constipation and it is sometimes given to children for fevers and colds. In addition, cerasee is also used sometimes with other herbs to make a bush bath to treat skin problems like rashes and eczema. Also, in some cases, the fresh leaves and stem are crushed and rubbed on the skin to deal with skin problems and insect bites. Cerasee is also used as a tea to reduce menstrual pains and to cure urinary tract infections.

Nutritionally, cerasee is rich in vitamins A and C, phosphorus and iron. Therefore, cerasee can be used as a mild detoxer. Its blood purging properties plus its ability to reduce constipation makes it very effective for detoxing. It is usually recommended that cerasee, when used as a tea, be taken for nine nights straight after which a break is taken.

In recent times, cerasee has become extremely commercialised and tea bags can now be found in almost all supermarkets.

In Jamaican folklore, it is proposed that cerasee tea be taken by a pregnant woman so that the newborn will be born with a good skin tone and it makes the birthing process easier.

In addition, it is also recommended that the cerasee tea be taken nine nights after childbirth in order to tone up the organs involved in pregnancy and childbirth.

Overall, cerasee is a very useful herb; however, with the speculation of possible liver damage with long and continuous use, I would suggest that the cerasee tea be taken for a nine-day period and then given a break.

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Dear Donovan,Can you tell me the benefits …

What Are the Health Benefits of Cerassie Tea?

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Cerassie tea is made from the leaves of the bitter melon plant, which is grown throughout Africa and Asia. Tea made with the leaves — like tea made with the bitter melon fruit — has a very bitter taste. Taste aside, cerassie tea is rich in a large number of phenols and natural antioxidants, which can help with high cholesterol and inflammation.

Antioxidant-Rich

In a 2008 issue of “Food Chemistry,” researchers discovered that although tea made from the bitter melon fruit had a high amount of antioxidants overall, cerassie tea made from the leaves of the bitter melon plant had greater antioxidant activity. Bitter melon leaf is rich in a number of antioxidants, including gallic acid and catechin.

Benefits from Gallic Acid

The phenol content of cerassie tea is dominated by gallic acid, a polyphenol that has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. A 2005 issue of “Toxicological Sciences” found that gallic acid helped reduce inflammatory allergic reactions associated with histamine exposure, making it potentially beneficial for treating the symptoms of inflammatory allergies. Gallic acid may also provide cardioprotective benefits. A 2011 study published in “Pharmacognosy Research” found that a supplement of gallic acid proved beneficial for treating heart damage as a result of type 1 diabetes.

Benefits from Catechins

Cerassie tea is rich in catechins, which are the same compounds found in green tea. Catechins are a flavonol, a natural antioxidant. They are associated with having vasoprotective abilities, as well as anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering potential. A study in “Obesity” published in 2007 found that the catechins in green tea helped lower overall body fat content, potentially improving overall heart health.

Brewing Cerassie Tea

Cerassie tea — also known as cerasee tea — is most commonly sold dried in tea bags, as the fresh leaves are found only in Africa and Asia. To make the tea, add one teabag or 1 to 2 tablespoons of the dried leaves to a cup of boiling water. For a stronger taste, heat up the leaves with the water. Because cerassie tea is naturally bitter, many people add water, a bit of honey or sugar to make it more palatable.

Lana Billings-Smith has been writing professionally since 1997. She has been published in the “Montreal Gazette” and the “National Post.” She also teaches and lectures at McGill University. A certified personal trainer, she holds a Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in leisure sciences and a minor in therapeutic recreation.

What Are the Health Benefits of Cerassie Tea?. Cerassie tea is made from the leaves of the bitter melon plant, which is grown throughout Africa and Asia. Tea made with the leaves — like tea made with the bitter melon fruit — has a very bitter taste. Taste aside, cerassie tea is rich in a large number of phenols …