It is sometimes called the Okro but Okra is more fondly known as the “Lady’s Finger”. It is not the tastiest of vegetables but it surely is one of the greenest. When something is this green and brings about the bitter taste, chances are it would be very healthy.
So, what makes the Okra so beneficial to health? The list is endless but we outline some of the known facts here:
Fiber – It has one of the highest contents of fiber which helps in digestion and bowel movements. Pectin helps the intestine to eliminate the wastes from the food you eat.
Diabetes – Okra is able to reduce your blood sugar levels because of its insulin-like properties. It contains Euganol which is a type of fiber that helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels
Pregnancy – For pregnant women, okra is very beneficial because it has a lot of folates. Folate is crucial for conceiving and helps in brain development of the fetus as well. Besides that, it helps to prevent miscarriages and defects in the tube while promote the formation of the fetal neural tube.
Probiotics – Okra is a great source for good bacteria known as probiotics to thrive which in turn helps to improve your intestinal tract.
Constipation – As mentioned, Okra is rich with fiber and together with mucilaginous, it promotes better digestion by lubricating the intestines and regulating better bowel movements.
Detoxification – Besides improving your digestive system, it helps your body to channel toxins out of your system.
Bones – Okra helps to build and enhance bone health. It has Vitamin K which is a co-factor in the blood-clotting process. Vitamin K together with Folates can help to strengthen your bones, prevent bone-related problems like osteoporosis and enhances bone density.
Asthma – Okra has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in which its Vitamin C helps to prevent fatal attacks by suppressing asthma symptoms
Respiratory Soother – Okra has been used to treat people with respiratory conditions like bronchitis and pneumonia and is an ideal home remedy for flu or the common cold.
Skin Detoxifier – Its Vitamin C content helps to repair damaged tissues in the body and hence aids in anti-aging and skin conditions like psoriasis and skin pigmentation.
Sun strokes – Okra helps to relieve the body from exhaustion and weakness among those who suffer from sun or heat strokes.
Colon cancer risk – When you consume Okra, the insoluble fiber channels waste out of your intestinal tract. This in the long run will decrease the risk of colon cancer tremendously.
Obesity – Eating Okra means you are consuming very low calorie count. The fiber helps you to keep your weight in check.
Cholesterol – Pectin is found in Okra which helps to prevent atherosclerosis. Besides that, it keeps the bad cholesterol at bay.
Lively Hair – Okra helps to inject more live into your hair through its transparent mucilage. It is a great scalp moisturizer and conditioner.
Immunity Booster – Okra makes a great immune booster. It contains a lot of Vitamin C and antioxidants as well as magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese, to name a few.
Vision – Antioxidant properties like zeaxanthin, lutein and beta-carotenes keeps the vision and eye health strong thereby reducing glaucoma and cataract risks.
Prevents Anemia – In Okra, you can find vitamin K, Iron and Folate which are important agents for the body to form hemoglobin and produce red blood cells.
Cures Ulcers – Okra has mucilaginous content which is alkaline that can neutralize acids thereby helping to cure ulcers and speed up healing.
Genital Disorders – This vegetable is known to increase sexual potency and is used to treat several types of disorders around the genital areas. This includes the likes of gonorrhea, leucorrhoea and diseasesyphilis, among others.
Protein – Besides the leaves and outer layers of Okra, the seeds provide the best vegetable protein for the body. This includes tryptophan, cystine and other amino acids.
Blood Network – Okra feeds your blood network as it is rich with flavonoid and vitamin C.