Okra is a nutritious food with many health benefits. It's rich in magnesium, folate, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C, K1, and A. Okra may benefit pregnant women, heart health, and blood sugar control. It may even have anticancer properties.
Drinking “okra water” is a popular new method of using okra. Some have even suggested that drinking it helps lessen diabetes symptoms. The drink is made by putting okra pods in water and soaking them overnight. Some of the valuable nutrients in the skin and seed pods will be absorbed into the water.
Okra is a good source of folate, with 1 cup (100 grams) providing 15% of a woman's daily needs for this nutrient. Summary Eating okra may help pregnant women meet their daily folate needs. Folate is important for preventing neural tube defects.
The fiber in okra helps reduce the absorption rate of glucose which reduces blood glucose levels. Okra is useful for preventing kidney disease; patients who ate okra daily had reduced signs of kidney damage.
Okra is rich in vitamins A, C, and K and has calcium, potassium, and lots of other nutrients that are great for hair growth, moisturizing a dry scalp, and getting rid of dandruff.
Okra is known to have high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, and many other antioxidants, making it a helpful alternative option for reducing wrinkles, helping with acne and acne scars, and reducing skin irritations and blemishes.
Fruits and vegetables provide great sources of blood pressure-lowering nutrients such as potassium and magnesium. Magnesium-rich foods include black beans, okra, spinach, pumpkin seeds and squash seeds.
It contains iron, calcium, magnesium and manganese. Well it turns out too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Some studies indicate that it can affect male fertility; okro is very rich in a pigment called Gossypol which promotes infertility in men by arresting sperm production.
Okra is loaded with beta-carotene, it contains zeaxanthin and lutein,all of these nutrients are essential for maintaining good vision. It also has decent amount of vitamin C that helps in maintaining overall eye health.
Despite its nutritional and medicinal values, okra is associated with sterility in humans especially men due to the presence of gossypol in the seed. Recently, some studies claimed that excess consumption of okra may have injurious effects on sperm parameters, testes weight, and testicular tissues.
Okra's insoluble fiber helps keep your digestive system in great shape and lubricates the large intestine. The fiber in okra also feeds the good bacteria in your gut, which promotes a healthy intestinal tract. That ultimately leads to less cramping, bloating and other unpleasant stomach problems.
The goodness of antioxidants in Okra and the high Vitamin C content makes it very potent to ward off free radicals and boost the immunity. The vitamins can enhance the functioning of the immune system, to produce white blood cells and combat foreign pathogens that weaken the immune system.
People with an elevated blood glucose level should definitely include okra in their daily diets. As okra is rich in fiber, it helps in improving insulin sensitivity and also aids in controlling and maintaining blood sugar levels in the body.
Eating too much okra can adversely affect some people. Gastrointestinal problems: Okra contains fructans, which is a type of carbohydrate. Fructans can cause diarrhea, gas, cramping, and bloating in people with existing bowel problems. Kidney stones: Okra is high in oxalates.
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