Momordica balsamina – balsam apple

Also known as balsam apple or bitter melon, it belongs to the pumpkin family and is native to tropical regions of Africa, Arabia, Asia and the Caribbean.

This plant has special medicinal and nutritional values and is used in traditional medicine in many countries. It contains resins, alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides, steroids, terpenes and saponins, which have various medical effects. An example is Balsamin that is isolated from the seeds of Momordica Balsamina.

It has broad antiviral activity because it blocks the replication of influenza viruses. These observations can offer new therapeutic options for the treatment of viral infections.

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