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Do You Know That Okra Has Health Benefits?

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Okra is a flowering plant known for its edible seed pods. It’s cultivated in warm and tropical climates, such as those in Africa and South Asia.

Sometimes referred to as “lady’s finger,” okra comes in two colors — red and green. Both varieties taste the same, and the red one turns green when cooked.

Biologically classified as a fruit, okra is generally utilized like a vegetable in cooking.

Many people didn’t eat Okra because they think it doesn’t have any health benefits.

Okra is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants that help reduce the risk of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Okra is also a good source of: Magnesium. Folate.

It contains:

potassium

vitamin B

vitamin C

folic acid

calcium

A cup serving of boiled okra slices contains:

Calories: 35

Protein: 3 grams

Fat: 0 grams

Carbohydrates: 7 grams

Fiber: 4 grams

Sugar: 4 grams

Here are some health benefits of okra

1. Stabilizes Sugar Levels

Okra is especially beneficial to those who are having trouble managing blood glucose levels. Another study has proven the effect okra has on regulating diabetes mellitus and also helps decrease the amount of cholesterol and lipids within the blood.

2. weight loss

Okra is a good source of fiber, which will not only improve your digestion, but will also keep you stable for a long time, thus minimizing your food cravings. Apart from that it also loaded with essential nutrients that boosts your body’s metabolism and strengthens your core muscles.

3. May lower heart disease risk

High cholesterol levels are associated with a greater risk of heart disease. Okra contains a thick gel-like substance called mucilage, which can bind to cholesterol during digestion, causing it to be excreted with stools rather than absorbed into your body.

4. It improves heart health condition

Studies have shown that okra helps lowers the chances cardiovascular disease as a result of the soluble fibre contained in it, which naturally reduce cholesterol. The finger nail plant is also known to be loaded with pectin, which has been shown to reduce high blood cholesterol by altering the creation of bile in the intestine.

5. Prevents Constipation

Okra is one of the best vegetable sources of dietary fibre essential for the digestive system. Dietary fibres in okra help prevent and relieve constipation. The soluble fibre in okra absorbs water and adds bulk to the stool thus preventing constipation.

6. Okra is good during pregnancy, because it contains folic acid which is needed for the formation of the neural tube of the fetus.
Prenatal Support

One cup of okra has 15% of the daily value of folate, a helpful nutrient for pregnant women. Folate helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects, which can affect the brain and spine of developing fetuses.

7. Prevents Stroke

Okro is filled with vitamin C, one of the most powerful anti-oxidants that the human body does not produce. Vitamin C plays an essential role in lowering blood pressure and keeping blood vessels healthy, therefore reducing the risk of stroke.

8 Fight Cancer

Antioxidants are natural compounds that help your body fight off molecules called free radicals that can damage cells. Free radicals are most well known for causing oxidation damage, which can eventually lead to cancer.

Okra contains antioxidants called polyphenols, including vitamins A and C. It also contains a protein called lectin which may inhibit cancer cell growth in humans. Studies using concentrated compounds from okra showed they inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells by up to 63%. Further research is needed for definitive proof of okra’s cancer-blocking properties.

Okra has many health benefits that can help you to live healthy.

Written by: Esther Godwin

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