Okra is a flowering plant which is cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions all around the world. Also may be found under the name of gumbo or lady’s finger. Mainly it is used for food thanks to its edible green pods. May be cooked with lemon juice and served in vegetable dishes.
Anti-diabetic properties —
In 2011 in the Journal of Pharmacy and Bio allied Sciences a study about okra was published. In the study okra peels and seed powder a were given to diabetic rats in a period of 28 days. The study showed that there is a significant reduction to the level of glucose in the blood compared to the control group. The researches came up with an explication why this happens. It is due to the fiber content which stabilizes the level of sugar and the rate of sugar which is absorbed from the intestines.
Okra Nutrition Value
Okra is low in calories and is rich in vitamins A, Thiamin, B6, C, folic acid, riboflavin, calcium, zinc and dietary fiber. Due to this pregnant women are advised to consume okra. Also okra was favorite food to Cleopatra.
A list of vitamins which okra contains:
A cup of contains 26.1 mg of antioxidant vitamin C, which neutralizes free radicals and promotes a healthy immune system.
Good source of B-complex vitamins, with a cup offering up .211 mg of thiamin, or vitamin B-1, and .088 mg of riboflavin, or vitamin B-2; both are vital for energy production in the body. It also contains .299 mg — or 20 percent of the recommended daily value — of vitamin B-6, or pyridoxine, needed to produce over 100 enzymes involved in protein metabolism.
It provides 453 IU of vitamin A — necessary for the health of the respiratory tract — along with an additional 272 mcg of the beneficial plant pigment beta-carotene, converted to vitamin A in the body.
List of minerals which okra contains:
123 mg of calcium per cup, okra provides more than 10 percent of the daily value of this essential mineral, vital for the maintenance of strong bones and teeth.
216 mg of potassium, needed for stable heart rate and blood pressure.
.45 mg of iron, necessary for hemoglobin production.
.69 mg of zinc, essential for wound healing.
136 mg of copper, needed to produce red blood cells.
470 mg of manganese, indispensable for producing the natural antioxidant superoxide dismutase.
16 Health Benefits of okra
Okra is rich in and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta-carotenes, xanthin and lutein. They have beneficial effect on vision, healthy mucus and healthy skin, it protects from lung and oral cavities cancer.
The fiber stabilizes the sugar level in the blood and regulates the speed with which sugar is absorbed from the intestines.
It helps with the level of cholesterol because it binds cholesterol and toxins thrown by the liver.
It helps with constipation because it lubricates the large intestines due to its laxative properties. Also makes an easier path for the waste to leave the body, detox the body and bind cholesterol and acids. Okra is great medicine because it is completely toxins free, it is nutritive and economic.
The fiber is excellent for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics). This contributes to the health of the intestinal tract.
It is used in treating those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
It neutralizes acids, being very alkaline and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract. This is why it is used for healing ulcers and to keep joints limber.
Okra helps with lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Experimentally it was used for replacing blood plasma.
Normalizes blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
It contains vitamin C which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, curtailing the development of asthma symptoms.
It is believed to protect us from some forms of cancer expansion, especially colorectal cancer.
Eating it helps to support the structure of blood capillaries.
Some information shows that eating okra lowers the risk of cataracts.
Helps in preventing diabetes. The superior soluble fiber content in okra shows powerful effects on blood glucose levels as it can help slow the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
Okra protects you from pimples and maintains smooth and beautiful skin. Maybe now we can understand the reason why Cleopatra loved it.