Okra – the powerhouse of health
Okra is a healthy green vegetable with many other names like ‘Lady’s Finger’, ‘Bhendi’ and ‘Gombo’. It has several health benefits attributed to its superior fiber and mucilage content. Okra is a nutritional powerhouse used right through history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Once loved by the Egyptians and still used in many dishes today this pod-producing, tropical vegetable is in use all over the world. It is in use for almost 3500 years. It is also called ‘Chef’s delight’ because of umpteen recipes made out of it. Okra is known for harnessing a superior fiber, which helps with digestion, stabilizes blood sugar, and helps to control the rate at which sugar is absorbed. It also contains Vitamin ‘C’, Folate, Vitamin ‘A’, Vitamin ‘K’, Vitamin ‘B3’, Vitamin ‘B1’, Vitamin ‘B6’, Magnesium, Manganese, Beta Carotene and Lutein.
Do you know, okra promotes a healthy pregnancy – an extremely important B vitamin for producing and maintaining new cells, ‘folate’ is an essential compound for finest pregnancy. The vitamin helps prevent birth defects in child and helps the baby to grow sufficiently. Vitamin C is also essential for fetal development. As mentioned above Okra is rich in both folate and vitamin C.
It also helps in keeping the kidneys healthy. It supports the colon’s health too. Okra is full of dietary fiber, which is essential for cleansing the colon, and digestive health as a whole. The fiber in Okra 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 suitably. Its Vitamin C property helps keeping the respiratory problems away; like asthma and wheezing symptoms. What more, okra promotes healthy Skin. Vitamin C helps keep the skin looking young and vibrant. The vitamins aid in the growth and repair of bodily tissues, which affects collagen formation and skin pigmentation, and helps to rejuvenate damaged skin.
Get rid of blood sugar:
Take two pieces of Okra/Lady Finger and remove both ends of each Piece. Also put a small cut in the middle and put these two pieces in glass of water. Cover the glass and keep it at room temperature during night. Early morning, before breakfast simply remove two pieces of lady Finger from the glass and drink that water. Keep doing it on daily basis. Within two weeks, you will see remarkable results in reduction of your blood sugar. You may chop the lady fingers into small or medium size pieces and put them into water and drink it up the next morning. Please try it as it will not do you any harm even if it does not do much good to you. But, you have to keep doing it at least for few weeks.
This has cured diabetes of many people. And it is a fact. Lady Finger stabilizes the blood sugar in diabetic patients by controlling the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract. Many scientific journals have published studies on the superb capability of okra to cure diabetes. So if you are suffering from diabetes, (even border line) it would be a great idea to cure it by trying this easy treatment at home.
Relevant tip for glowing skin: Boil a handful of okra until soft. After letting it cool, mash it, and apply it on to your face. After 5 minutes, wash your face and see your skin glowing. You will also feel your skin smooth and rejuvenated.