Okra is a good filler food and is known by many names around the world —- okra, okro, lady’s finger (England), gumbo (U.S.), guino-gombo (Spain), guibeiro (Portugal), Kacang bendi (Malaysia), and bhindi, gombo, and bendakai (India).
Just as its names, it also has a lot of health benefits. Here are some of them in details:
Packed with Nutrients
Okra pods are full of nutrients – protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and zinc. Because of this, it’s the best economical tool to treat malnutrition.
Helps Manage Hunger
Okra is full of soluble fibers. A soluble fiber is the one that keeps you feeling full and for longer. Furthermore, this will keep your calories low, resulting in weight loss.
Helps You Feel Energetic
We all know that “fatigue” is inevitable to all people. What used to be mostly age and sickness related, is even now an everyday problem for young individuals. But, okra seeds can solve that problem. The seeds of the okra can delay fatiguing. They include antioxidant polyphenols and flavonoids that keep your glycogen stores in the liver. This glycogen will keep you from tiring because it is a body fuel reserve for the body.
Controls Diabetes Mellitus
Okra’s peel and seeds can lower sugar level which can help in managing diabetes mellitus. This is because the okra’s seeds and peels contain car-breaking enzymes, increasing insensitivity to insulin. More insulin and fewer carbs mean lower blood sugar.
Stabilizes Cholesterol Levels
Okra has the ability to control cholesterol levels and inhibits the production of fat in the body. By regulating cholesterols from the blood, this prevents clogging of the arteries and keeps us from having heart diseases.
Strengthen Bones and Preclude Excessive Bleeding
Okra contains vitamin K which helps fortify bones and promotes blood clotting. Also, okra helps prevent osteoporosis, fractures, and excessive bleeding (due to injury or bleeding disorders).
Improves Immunity And Eyesight
Okra has vitamin A which promotes the production of white blood cells, fighters for your immune system. While there are diseases and infections, okra will equip your body as armor.
Vitamin A also helps your eyesight improve.
Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It is caused by excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, or the use of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. Okra juice has anti-adhesive compounds that bind to the surface of free-floating bacteria in the gut. This binding prevents the bacterias from sticking to the stomach lining. In short, okra juice prevents gastritis.
Precludes Liver Diseases
The liver is the detox organ of your body and okra ensures that it is protected from various diseases. Eating okra lowers the effects of damaging free radicals causing liver disease. It is done by stabilizing the liver cell membranes which make them more defensive against free radicals.
Forestalls Neurodegenerative Disorder
Okra has the ability to reduce the chances of having Alzheimer’s disease to an individual who are predisposed to it. It may also prevent other neurodegenerative disorders
Fights Breast Cancer Cells
In a research made, a lectin included in okra can kill breast cancer cells. The growth of breast tumor was inhibited by a significant 63%.
Keeps Asthma Symptoms In Check
Okra seems to have positive effects for asthma patients but how exactly do it is still not yet discovered. Some postulate says that vitamin C in okra is the reason behind for its respiratory benefits.