Okra is an annual veggie, native to warm, subtropical and tropical regions. People cultivate it because it has nice edible seed pods which are nutrient rich and health beneficial.
In this article we’ll share with you some of the most valuable information about okra and why it’s so beneficial for our health.
Okra is a green highly nutritious veggie that is low in calories. It has a high fiber content and is rich in vitamin C, B, K and A, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium potassium and zinc. Aside from these minerals and vitamins, okra is also rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Why is it so health beneficial?
Here’s a short list of all the conditions okra can help you with:
Anemia: Okra is beneficial for people suffering from anemia because it stimulates the production of red blood cells.
Anti-Cancer: Since it’s abundant in antioxidants, this green veggie will give your immune system a healthy boost, fight agaisnt the free radicals in your body and prevent cell mutation.
Asthma: Thanks to abundance of vitamin C and antioxidants, okra is effective against asthma attacks.
Bone Strength: The high levels of folate will help you strengthen your bones and significantly lower the risk of osteoporosis.
Cholesterol: Okra contains high levels of soluble fiber which can reduce serum cholesterol and lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart diseases.
Constipation: Since it’s rich in fibers okra has mild laxative properties and can help you with constipation. If you regularly consume okra you’ll lower your risk of colon cancer.
Diabetes: This amazing plant is beneficial for diabetics as well. It shows insulin-like properties and efficiently reduces your blood sugar levels.
Immunity Booster: Okra also has high levels of vitmain C which makes it an excellent immunity booster. Consuming okras regularly will protect you from the seasonal colds and flu.
Pregnancy: We already said that okra is rich in folate which is highly beneficial for expecting moms.
Skin Health: Okras improve your bowel movement and good bowel movement leads to good skin health. You’ll never have to deal with acne, psoriasis and similar skin problems if you introduce okra to your diet.
Good vision: The beta carotenes, lutein and xanthin are all beneficial for good eye vision and will eliminate problems like glaucoma and cataracts.
How to consume okra to lower your blood sugar levels:
Take about 4 pods of raw okra and cut off their stems. Slice it in the middle and cut it into two. Soak them in a glass of water and leave them overnight at room temperature. When you wake up the next morning drink the water they were soaked in. You can also eat the pods or throw them away. In a matter of weeks you will notice your blood sugar levels are back to normal. If you’re a diabetic, you’ll need to start a healthy eating regimen in combination with this remedy for optimal results.
Pick the smaller okra pods and not the big ones and makes sure you consume them while they’[re still fresh. Don’t eat them if they’re older and don’t look fresh. If you can always buy organic produce but if you’re not able to do so soak it in some water, ACV and salt for about 10 minutes. Rinse them and prepare them as you like. When preparing them cut them into small pieces and take out the tops, stir fry them, add them to salads or consume them on their own. They can’t be juiced because they have a highly fibrous texture.