The plant, which is also known as bitter gourd, cerasee and balsam pear, is native to tropical parts of Asia, Africa and South America. Bitter melon can be eaten fresh or taken in a tea made from a tincture or juice. The tea, unlike many other herbal remedies, is produced by steeping multiple parts of the plant, including the seeds, fruit and leaves. The impressive list of health benefits of bitter melon tea is mainly due to the high concentration of vitamin A, vitamin C and B-family vitamins, potassium, magnesium and zinc, as well as the phenolic compounds. The high antioxidant levels found in bitter melon tea make it ideal for preventing chronic disease, such as coronary heart disease and cancer, as well as autoimmune diseases.