Okra (Hibiscus Esculentus), also known as lady’s fingers, kiabo, gumbo, and okro, is a plant of Ethiopian origin, that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health problems.
Its pod is greenish and rich in tiny seeds, that can be added to salads, stews, and broths.
Okra is a rich source of numerous nutrients and offers countless health benefits, such as:
The okra seeds inhibit an enzyme, alpha-glucosidase, that breaks down carbs and improves insulin sensitivity of cells, and thus effectively treats diabetes and reduces fasting glucose levels.
Regulates Cholesterol Levels
Okra prevents the fat accumulation in the body and lowers cholesterol levels. It also supports the production of bile acids in the stool, and thus lowers the risk of atherosclerosis and heart attacks.
Controls Food Cravings
Okra is full of soluble fiber that provides a feeling of satiety and prevents weight gain.
Okra is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that support the storage of glycogen in the liver and thus increase energy levels.
Boosts Your Immune System And Improves Your Eyesight
This vegetable is a rich source of vitamin A, that increases the white blood cells count, and thus boosts the immune system. This vitamin also improves eye health and prevents vision issues.
Prevents Kidney Diseases
The regular consumption of okra will help you prevent kidney diseases.
The juice of okra fights inflammation and bacteria, such as H. Pylori bacterium in the gut, and lowers the risk of gastritis.
Improves skin health
The high antioxidant content will help you prevent premature aging and skin pigmentation, and make your skin soft and healthy.
Okra improves the absorption of water and ensures a free motion disposal and prevents constipation.
Okra effectively prevents sunstrokes.
Improves hair health
Okra will make your hair shiny, healthy, and soft, and it will effectively fight dandruff.
Stops Bleeding And Prevents Brittle Bones
The high vitamin K content in okra improves blood coagulation and strengthens the bones, lowering the risk of excessive bleeding, fractures, and osteoporosis.