Okra or lady’s fingers as they call it in Asia, is a vegetable that normally grows in warm subtropical and tropical regions across the globe but it’s most popular in the Asian continent. Different cultures call it differently but no matter how you call it, okra has the same benefits and nutritional profile. They’re famous for its distinctive texture and taste and most people like it because of their crunchiness. They’re best consumed while they’re fresh as they’re more tender. When they’re older they get more fibrous. They can be eaten raw, in salads, but it’s best if you stir-fry them a bit or stem them
Health benefits of okra
Okra is a veggie that abounds in health benefits and many people aren’t aware of all of the benefits it can offer. Below you’ll find a list of all the health problems okra can help you with and we believe that after reading it you’ll add it to your everyday diet.
This veggie can boost your red blood cells production and help in the treatment of anemia.
Okra is rich in vitamin C and as we already mentioned, antioxidants, which prevent asthma attacks.
These veggies are abundant in folates which are crucial for stronger and denser bones. Consuming them on a regular basis will decrease your risk of osteoporosis.
The high content of fiber in okra makes it an excellent remedy against constipation. It also has mild laxative properties and lowers your risk of colon cancer.
Okra abounds in antioxidants which fight free radicals damage and prevent cell mutations. They also stimulate the function of the immune system and lower your cancer risk.
As they’re rich in soluble fibers they can significantly reduce the high cholesterol levels and lower your risk of atherosclerosis and a number of other cardiovascular conditions.
This veggie has similar properties to insulin which is beneficial if you have high blood sugar levels. If you suffer from this problem start eating about 8 okra pods on a daily basis and your sugar levels should be restored to normal
Stronger immune system
The abundance of antioxidants and vitamin C will boost your immune system’s function and make you more resistant to the flu and the common cold.
If you add okra to your everyday diet your gut flora will improve and the number of good bacteria in your intestines will increase as well.
One of their special properties is the mucilaginous texture which gives your digestive tract and stomach lining a special temporary coating and protect you from peptic ulcers.
This veggie improves bowel movements and this in turn, improves your skin quality. Start eating okra more regularly and say goodbye to blemishes, acne and blackheads.
As we already mentioned, they’re abundant in folates, which are very beneficial during pregnancy so if you’re an expecting mother start adding them to your diet.
Using okra to lower your blood sugar levels
Grab about 4 okra pods, make sure they’re fresh, cut their stems off and slice them right across the middle until their inside show and then cut them into two. Toss them in a mason jar and fill it with distilled water. Leave them during the night on room temperature and drink the water they were soaked in when you get up in the morning. Throw away the okra or eat them as well, however you like. Consume this remedy every day for about a month and your blood sugar should be back to their normal values.
More tips on okra
Always choose smaller okra pods at the grocery store and make sure they’re crisp and firm because otherwise they’re not fresh and can be a bit too fibrous. If the okra pods are yellowish or soft at touch they’re probably not fresh. If you have access to organic produce buy the okra from there, organic produce is always best. But if you’re not sure if the okra is organic or not, soak them in some water, ACV and sea salt for about 15 minutes and rinse them before preparing them for your meal. As we already said they can be eaten raw but it’s best if you steam them or stir fry them a bit.
They can be added to salads, soups and stir-fries but they can’t be juiced due to their fibrous texture.
These veggies are known to contain trace amounts of oxalic acid which isn’t linked to any health problems but people who have a history or kidney stones should avoid them.
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