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New bitter melon variety to be used in dietary aid

TAIPEI--Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station said yesterday that it will produce a dietary supplement, using its newly developed variety of bitter gourd that is said to have strong anti-oxidant properties.

National Science Council researchers have found that the new bitter melon developed by the station is rich in Vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fiber, which makes it perfect for use in a health product, they said.

A local biotechnology company, which has gained approval to market the new variety of melon, plans to work with growers to increase output in order to meet demand in the mass production of the dietary supplement.

The station said its next step is to work with academic institutions to develop a cancer cure from extracts of the melon.

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