Friday, March 31, 2017

22 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating Okra

Okra, known in many English-speaking countries as ladies' fingers or gumbo, is a warm-weather vegetable that's been eaten and also used as a medicine in Africa, South America and the Middle East for hundreds of years. It is valued for its edible green seed pods.

Here are the medicinal properties of Okra and the reason why you should eat it:

1. Fibers: rich in fibers, which improve digestion and heal the bowels. It helps us easily dispose of toxins in the intestines.

2. Diabetes: helps reduce blood sugar levels. It stabilizes blood sugar by regulating the rate at which sugar is absorbed.

3. Pregnancy: okra is rich in folates, which helps in fetal development. It prevents miscarriage and defects in the fetal neural tube.

4. Bones: strengthens your bones and prevents osteoporosis because it’s rich in vitamin K and folates, which makes the bones denser.



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5. Asthma: rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and has anti-inflammatory properties. All of that prevents the development of asthma and asthma attacks.

6. Respiratory problems: the leaves and flowers of okra are used in treating pneumonia, bronchitis and common cold and flu.

7. Constipation: the fibers in the okra facilitate proper absorption of water, lubricate the large intestines and ensure bowel movements. This works as a natural laxative.

8. Sun strokes: if you suffer from sun strokes you can eat okra to relieve weakness and exhaustion from the heat.

9. Colon cancer: the fibers in the okra reduce the risk for colon and rectal cancer. They clean our intestines tract, while the antioxidants eliminate the free radicals.

10. Obesity: okra has almost no calories, while the fibers make you feel full. Plus, it is rich with nutrients.

11. Cholesterol: it lowers the cholesterol levels because it’s rich on soluble fiber Pectin. The Pectin lowers the bad cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis.

12. Skin Detoxifier: it cleans our skin from wastes and repairs our tissue. It prevents skin pigmentation, reduces acne, and prevents psoriasis and other conditions.

13. Hair: brings your hair to life; it acts as hair conditioner, it moisturizes your scalp while preventing dandruff. Your hair will look shiny and fresh.


14. Detoxification: yet another benefit from the fibers; they bind cholesterol and bile acid and eject toxins.

15. Immunity: boosts your immune system with the help of the antioxidants and vitamin C and other essential minerals like calcium, manganese, magnesium, and iron. These help your body fight against free radicals.

16. Eyesight: rich in beta-carotenes, lutein and xanthine, which prevent glaucoma and cataract.

17. Anemia: with the help of vitamin K, folate and iron the okra will help your fight against anemia. Hemoglobin forms, the blood coagulates, and the production of red blood cells is increased.

18. Ulcers: it neutralizes acids and speeds up the healing of peptic ulcers by providing a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.

19. Genital disorders: eat okra if you want increased sexual potency. The okra can also treat disorders like gonorrhea, leucorrhoea, syphilis and dysuria and prevents excessive menstrual bleeding.

20. Proteins: okra seeds are rich in proteins, which is perfect for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. They are also rich in oils, amino acids like cysteine, tryptophan, and other.

21. Blood network: support your blood capillaries by eating plenty of flavonoid and vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables, such as Okra.

22. Probiotics: okra aids good bacteria thrive in your intestines, which helps for a healthy intestinal tract.