Okra is a warm-season vegetable which is also referred to as Hibiscus Esculentus. Some refer to it as a lady’s fingers because of the way it is shaped. It is green in colour and rich in minerals, vitamins and fibre.
Okra has been known for its natural health benefits for many years. Pregnant women are often advised to eat more of okra for easy delivery. Here are some of the health benefits of okra.
1. It contains Vitamin K
Okra contains Vitamin K, a vitamin that is well known for rejuvenation of bones and promotion of better blood coagulation. It helps prevent fractures, osteoporosis and excessive bleeding.
2. It treats fatigue
Fatigue, resulting from jet lag, sleep deprivation, a large meal or even age, can be treated with okra seeds. They contain antioxidants and polyphenols that can help promote glycogen in the liver. This creates more energy for the cells in the body.
3. It treats diabetes
Okra seeds can reduce the rate at which glucose level rises in the body. It inhibits a special enzyme (alpha-glucosidase) which breaks down carbs and improves the insulin sensitivity of cells.
4. It curbs cravings
Okra reduces cravings and prevents weight gain. Okra is rich in soluble fibre which will make you stay full for a longer period of time.
5. It prevents gastritis
Okra juice has proven to be a powerful bacteria fighter. Helicobacter Pylori, also known as H.pylori, is a bacterium that lives in the intestinal lining and may cause inflammation. Okra can effectively reduce this inflammation and reduce the risk of gastritis.
6 It reduces cholesterol level
Okra helps promote the reduction of high cholesterol levels and prevents the accumulation of fat in your body. Okra can reduce the total triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the body. It also improves the production of bile acids in your stool.