Okra is also known in English-speaking countries as ladies' fingers. This plant is common in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world. This wonder vegetable possesses plenty of health benefits, and should be part of a healthy diet.
What are okra’s health benefits?
This vegetable is rich in fibers which improve our digestion. It helps flush toxins from our intestines. Fibers from okra reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer.
Okra lowers our blood sugar level. It stabilizes blood sugar levels by regulating the rate in which the sugar is absorbed. Okra is also rich in vitamin K and folates which strengthen our bones and prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin K, folate, and iron also help to fight anemia.
Okra is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which inhibits the development of asthma and asthma attacks. It boosts our immune system through the help of its antioxidants, Vitamin C, and other essential minerals such as calcium, manganese, magnesium, and iron. If someone suffers from sun stroke, let him eat okra to relieve weakness and exhaustion from the heat. It has the ability to lessen our cholesterol level because it is rich in the soluble fiber pectin.
This amazing plant is also good in preventing skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and skin pigmentation. It cleans our skin from wastes and repairs our tissue. The seeds are also rich in protein.
Our eyes are also one of the beneficiaries if we eat okra. The beta-carotenes, lutein, and xanthine you can get from okra prevent glaucoma and cataract.
If you want to know more about the benefits of okra, please visit Healthy Food Place.
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sources: Healthy Food Place, Wikipedia