Recently in 2010, Indian researchers reported vomiting blood (haematemesis) due to gastric ulceration induced from consumption of bitter melon extract
Similarly, in a study on the effects of bitter melon extract on human breast cancer cells, researchers at Saint Louis University found a significant decrease in cell growth and a reversal of the cancer process. They suggested it’s potential use as a dietary supplement for breast cancer
There’s also the spirit of competition at work and the desire to “fit in with the group”, so that a person with skinny friends may alter their eating habits to be more acceptable to their buddies.
However in 2009, another group of Indian researchers found that the methanolic extract of bitter melon healed gastric ulcers and prevented the development of gastric and duodenal ulcers in rats.
Researchers polled over 3600 young and middle-aged Australian women about their eating habits and their physical activity level. They also inquired about the health habits of their close friends.
Not surprisingly, women who hung out with healthy friends were more likely to practice good health habits themselves. Is good health contagious?