Okra is a green seed pod that is being used in many dishes to boost their flavor, and also to contribute to their nutritional value.
This vegetable is widely consumed by many people all around the world as it is packed with valuable nutrients that enhance the overall health and well-being. Namely, okra is rich in fiber and vitamins, but very low in calories that makes this veggie very beneficial for the weight loss process. Many studies conducted by scientists reveal the positive effects of its use on health conditions like asthma, diabetes, cholesterol, and kidney issues.
A glass of fresh okra has in its content:
- 30 calories
- 2 grams of protein
- 3 grams of dietary fiber
- 1 gram of fat
- 6 grams of carbohydrates
- 80 micrograms of folic acid
- 21 milligrams of vitamin C
- 60 milligrams of magnesium.
Health Benefits of Okra
This veggie can soothe the symptoms of asthma, boost immunity, lower cholesterol, and battle diabetes and prevent kidney disease.
Okra is rich in vitamin C which makes it a great food for people suffering from asthma. This vitamin is very beneficial for asthmatic children. According to a 2000 studyreleased in the American Thorax showed that the intake of citrus or kiwifruit (high amounts of vitamin C)offer a great protection against the symptoms of wheezing in children.
As per a 2014 study released in Phytotherapy research, okra reduces cholesterol levels which was demonstrated on laboratory mice with diabetes. The consumption of foods with high fiber content and antioxidant properties is very helpful for diabetics because they can reduce cholesterol levels in the body.
Since okra is packed with fiber it is very good choice for diabetics having the ability to change the way how the intestines absorb sugar and thus regulating blood sugar levels. As per conducted laboratory study on female rats with gestational diabetes the consumption of okra water betters blood glucose levels. On the other hand, roasted okra seeds are widely used in Turkey for the treatment of diabetes. Manystudies have confirmed their efficacy in lowering blood sugar levels.
This ability of okra has been also recently confirmed in a 2018 animal study where the use of okra powder substantially lowered blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in obese rats made diabetic by streptozotocin.
- Kidney diseases
The regular consumption of okra can help in the prevention of a kidney disease. According to a 2005 study released in the Jilin Medical Journal, namely patients who ate okra daily have managed more efficiently to lower the clinical signs of kidney damage which was not the case with the patients that were on a diabetic diet. This is important since a large number of kidney failure cases are a result of diabetes.
Different Varieties of Okra Consumption
When the consumption is solely for medical purposes the common varieties of okra are okra peels, okra water, and powdered seeds.
You can use the okra peel in your lunch or dinner salad by grating the outer portion of the okra with a kitchen grater or lemon zester.
In order to obtain okra water you need to cut both ends of 4 pieces of okra, and then divide them into three parts. Next, place them in an airtight jar filled with water. Set is aside and leave it to stay during the whole night. In the morning strain the solution, and drink the water half an hour prior breakfast. Do not discard the okra sticks, but combine them with your morning smoothie.
Okra seeds in powder form
In order to get turned into powder they need to be dried first, and then crushed. This will not take a much of your time, but if you like you can also buy it in any health food store. The consumption of seed powder as a supplement has been proven to be very beneficial for the body and its health.