Okra, AKA “Lady’s Fingers”, is one of the best Green medicinal vegetables discussed in our 21 century. Okra is origin from Africa where people in Africa refer it as “Natural Viagra”, Athletic call it the Olympic vegetable, and In Japan, people often refer it as “Green Ginseng”.
It’s natural ingredients is just too rich to ignore. It can empower your body for better endurance and improve health.
Let’s look at some benefits of eating Okra and why this is unarguably one of the best natural veggies to add to your stay young and health list and diet today!
Maybe Okra hasn’t got popular sometimes due to its taste. If that’s the case, I included the correct way of getting all the key nutrient by just drinking the Okra water here at the bottom of this article.
Okra Water Health Benefits
Help You Stay Young
Because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Okra, with rich vitamin C content, will prevent harmful free radical development and prevent cellular mutation.
Take Weights off your Belly
Okra is rich in fiber content which helps body digest better, and regularization of bowels. The soluble fiber, Pectin, swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of the wastes from the intestine.
One key for us to get rid of belly weight is to have a clean intestine.
The rich fiber ,mucilaginous, and natural laxative contents in Okra pods help to increase stool bulk, regularizes bowel movement, lubricate the large intestines ,and remove toxins.
Also, If you happened to have constipation problem, Okra may be a great diet to be included in your meal. By replacing a daily meal with Okra can help you lose fat and promote bowel movement.
Okra Benefits for Diabetes:
Okra is found to be very effective in stabilizing the blood sugar levels. It has insulin-like properties that help to reduce blood sugar levels.
Studies shows, Eugenol, a type of fiber found in Okra, helps to stabilize blood sugar by curbing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestine.
It has been suggested to control blood sugar in cases of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
Gives You Strong Bones
Okra is also rich in Vitamin K and Folates (a salt or ester of folic acid).
Vitamin K along with Folates help to restore bone density, strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis.
Help You Lower Cholesterol and Heart Diseases
Since nearly half of the contents of the Okra pod is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins. It helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart diseases.
Okra takes extra cholesterol and toxins, binds in the bile acids which makes it easy for our body to eliminate and thus prevent many health problems.
Lowers Colon cancer risk
The insoluble fiber found in Okra cleans out the intestinal tract, decreasing the risk of colorectal cancer. The high antioxidants in Okra helps protect the immune system against harmful free radicals and prevent mutation of cells.
Replace a Meal With Okra
Okra provides minimum calories, the fiber helps in keeping you full for longer without craving for food, and the abundant nutrients nourish you. I highly recommend Okra dieting to replace lunch or dinner if you are serious about losing weight and prevent obesity.
Simple Low fat Okra Dish Recipe:
There are many recipes online but the most health way is to enjoy Okra like cold Salad, and here is the steps to make a Olra Cold Salad.
- Gentle Clean each Okra pods with a soft brush
- Boil a pod of hot filtered clean water (500ml)
- Cook the Okra pods in the boiling water for 1 minutes and turn off the stove, let it sit for two minutes.
- Save the Boiled Okra Water aside
- Picked out all the Okra pods and slice each pods into 3~ 4 pieces
- let it cool down for 10 minutes and enjoy them with Japanese Sesame dressing
- Enjoy the lovely Health Okra Diet Dish!
Steps to Make Okra Water
- Take the Boiled Okra water we saved from boiling Okra, Let it cooled until room temputure
- Store it in the cooler
- Enjoy the Freshly made Okra Water ( Consume within 2 days is highly recommended)