Bitter melon tea is a tea made from bitter melon or bitter gourd, which is a member of the cucumber family. The melon is also consumed raw and has a number of health benefits.
New York University Langone Medical Center research states that bitter melon helps to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. A September 2012 volume of the Natural Product Communications journal also shares that bitter melon can protect the body against some forms of cancer. In a clinical study, the water extract of bitter melon kills colon and kidney cancer cells. Bitter melon is also a possible natural treatment for liver cancer.