Okra is a nutritional powerhouse used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Okra is also known as “lady’s fingers” and “gumbo,” and it is a green flowering plant. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus.
It is a good source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants
It contains a characteristic viscous juice that can be used to thicken sauces. It can also help to optimize blood sugar level, which is important for so many reasons!
But let’s see all over by looking into 7 main health benefits that it has.
1. High fiber content:
100g of Okra contains 9% fiber, such fiber content can prove to be very beneficial for the body. The fibers aid the process of digestion by facilitating proper bowel movement.
Adults should aim to consume at least 25-35 grams of fiber each day in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, while kids need 8-13 grams a day. So as a nutritionist I recommend it for digestive benefits for sure. But I want you to know that if you change a lot the level of food fiber that y use than at the beginning you might have a lot of gases. This is absolutely normal until your body gets used to eating daily a higher % of fiber. The fiber in the diet also helps to reduce appetite and make you feel full for a longer time.
Diabetes is the illness that stops a body from controlling its sugar levels.
The International Diabetes Federation reported that the predicted number of patients will be to 642 million in 2045. With healthy eating, You can save Yourself and can live normally. Okra is known to aid in the prevention of diabetes. It is rich in Fibre which helps in the prevention of this disease. Okra can optimize the glucose level in your body but keep in mind that it is not a solution to get read of diabetes if you already have it.
3. Good folates content
Getting adequate folate from food like okra is important. Folates present in Okra reduce the neural tube defects in a newborn baby. So it is highly recommended for women during the pre-conception period or pregnancy.
Asthma can also be treated by including Okra in your meals.
Okra’s vitamin C is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which curtail the development of asthma symptoms.
5. Colon cancer
All diseases begin in the colon because your gut and immune system are very closely linked and 70-80 % of your immune tissue is situated in your digestive tract. In fact, without the right balance of gut flora, your body cannot maintain good health.
Adding Okra to your meals ensures prevention of colon cancer and related diseases to a great extent. Importance of Okra is also that the mucilage of okra collects toxins from the liver and carries them out of the body.
With regular usage of Okra, in either raw or cooked form, you can avoid obesity to a great extent. Obesity is not necessarily due to the consumption of fatty and calorific foods but also due to lack of nutrients.
This vegetable ensures lesser absorption of cholesterol preventing heart diseases and ailments occurring due to cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a dominant content in the body that triggers obesity and heart diseases. In fact, there is let’s say good and bad cholesterol but we can speak about it more precisely some other time.