Okra, also known as "lady's finger" is one of the popular nutritious vegetables in the world.
It has long been favored as a food for the health-conscious as it contains several vitamins and important minerals.
This vegetable has also been suggested to help manage blood sugar in cases of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
Because it's an ancient crop used for food from way back, okra was known as a bona fide medicinal.
The leaves were used for pain relief and urinary problems. In some parts of the world, Okra is a remedy to help ensure a safe delivery for pregnant mothers.
Benefits Of Okra:
* Helps Prevent Diabetes
Researchers attributed this result to okra's high fiber content, which helps to stabilize blood sugar by regulating the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
* Treats Kidney Disease
Study found that regularly consuming cooked okra could help prevent kidney disease. Those who ate okra daily reduced clinical signs of kidney damage more than those that simply ate a diabetic diet.
* Supports Colon Health
The polysaccharides present in immature okra pods possessed considerable antiadhesive properties which helps remove the adhesive between bacteria and stomach tissue, preventing the cultures from spreading. Therefore, eating more okra can keep the stomach clean and create an environment that prevents destructive cultures from flourishing.
* Okra Promotes a Healthy Pregnancy
Okra is rich in both folate and vitamin C which are essential for fetal development. Folate helps in maintaining new cells while vitamin C helps prevent birth defects like spina bifida and helps the baby to grow sufficiently.
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