Job’s Tears & Winter Melon for Weight Loss

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Vicky Chan

May 11, 2015


In my previous blog, I have introduced Job’s tears and its remarkable health benefits. Job’s tears is not only good for releasing water logging in cells, it has many healing properties such as lowering cholesterol, prevents allergy, anti-cancer growth, detox, clears phlegm, removes internal heat and drains pus.

Winter melon has similar health benefits as Job’s tears. The healing effects can be even better when combining the two ingredients together. Here is a soup recipe using the two ingredients plus some more to make it very delicious. It is easy to make and is suitable for the whole family of all ages. This recipe is best for people who are overweight and would like to get rid of some extra pounds. In the latest CBC news, it reported that researchers are saying diet trumps exercise for weight loss. Exercise has many health benefits but does not trump diet for weight loss, researchers wrote in an editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. They said fighting obesity requires changes in the food environment and in the public's understanding of how to get to a healthy weight. "You can't outrun a bad diet," the U.K. researchers said.

If making soup takes too long for you, you can simplify the recipe by just using the two main ingredients, Job’s tears and winter melon, to make them into a beverage. It can be taken regularly throughout the day, warm or cold. It is especially good for the summer months for quenching thirst and for countering the adverse weather effects.

To make the drink, the quantity of each ingredient can vary according to your own liking, resulting in a thicker drink or a thinner drink. If you dice the melon smaller and pre-soak Job’s tears for a few hours, it will take less time to have them cooked and dissolved mostly into the water. For the undissolved Job’s tears, you can eat them separately as cereal for breakfast or add them to other cooking or salad.

It is a very inexpensive recipe to get a whole lot of health benefits. BON APPÉTIT!  

Winter Melon and Job's Tears Chicken Soup

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Overweight with damp heat syndrome (scarce urination, skin eruptions and indigestion).


Relieves dampness and clears heat, diuretic, relieves constipation, improves complexion, invigorates spleen, improves digestion and benefits blood.

INGREDIENTS:  (for 5 to 6 servings)

  • Winter melon 冬瓜- 2000gm
  • Job's tears (yi yi ren) 薏以仁 - 80gm
  • Bone-in skinless chicken breast – one piece
  • Lean pork with bone – 2 to 3 pieces
  • Ginger – 3 to 4 slices
  • Honey dates - 3
  • Dried scallop – 3 to 4 (optional)
  • Dried Mandarin orange peel – 1 piece (optional, soak for 15 minutes and scrape out the white membrane to get rid of the bitter taste)

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1.   Rinse chicken and pork and cut meat from bones into large pieces. Remove skin of winter melon and dice into cubes. Rinse Job’s tears.

2.   Bring 4 cups of water in a soup pot to a rolling boil and put in bones to boil for about 3 minutes. Then add meat to boil for another 1 to 2 minutes. Discard water and rinse meat.

3.   Fill soup pot with 2 to 3 liters of clean water and put all ingredients in, except melon. Bring content to a boil for 10 minutes, and then reduce heat to medium to cook for 1.5 hours. Add hot water to the cooking when necessary.

4.   Add winter melon and continue the cooking for another half hour to melon is cooked to desire softness.

5.   Add salt to taste and serve.


Not suitable for people with cold spleen syndrome (acid reflex). Take regularly for best result.

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