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Okra Health Benefits

Okra, also known as “lady finger” is one of the highly nutritious vegetables, usually eaten while the pod is green, tender, and immature. Fresh pods are the good source of folates; provide about 22% of RDA per 100 g. Consumption of foods rich in folates, especially during the pre-conception period helps decrease the incidence of neural tube defects in the offspring.

 

It is an ideal vegetable for weight loss and is storehouse of health benefits provided it is cooked over low flame to retain its properties.

 

This also to ensure that the invaluable mucilage contained in it is not lost to high heat.

 

Okra is an excellent laxative treats irritable bowels, heals ulcers and sooths the gastrointestinal track.

 

Thanks to fiber and other nutrients, okra proves beneficial in normalizing blood sugar in the body, helping with diabetes. Okra is full of dietary fiber, which is essential for colon health and digestive health as a whole.

 

The fiber Okra provides helps to clean out the gastrointestinal system, allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency.

 

Additionally, the vitamin A contributes to healthy mucous membranes, helping the digestive tract to operate appropriately. Vitamin C helps keep the skin looking young and vibrant.

 

The vitamin aids in the growth and repair of bodily tissues, which affects collagen formation and skin pigmentation, and helps to rejuvenate damaged skin. Okra is full of vitamin C.

 

The high antioxidants in okra helps protect the immune system against harmful free radicals and prevent mutation of cells. It has insulin-like properties that help to reduce blood sugar level.

 

The rich fiber and mucilaginous (slimy) content in okra pods help increase bulk, bind to toxins and ensure easy bowel movements with its natural laxative properties.

 

Regularly eating okra also reduces the risk of colon cancer. Folate in okra builds strong bones and density, preventing osteoporosis.

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