Okra Health Benefits

Okra Health Benefits

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentos) is popularly known as gumbo or lady’s fingers and among the most nutritious vegetables in North-Eastern African region. It is often gathered while its pod is still green, tender, and at an immature stage. The Okra plant is cultivated in high temperate and tropical regions throughout the world for its fibrous fruit. It often grows in manure-rich and well-drained soil. Okra can be eaten raw, by steaming or giving it a quick stir-fry to lessen the green taste, although it is often used in recipes as part of a good nutritional diet. The vegetable is packed with nutrition and benefits that greatly contribute to better health, the reason why it is a favorite to many countries.   Okra Nutritional Contents   Okra is rich in vitamins, minerals and various antioxidants such as catechin, epicathechin, quercetin, procyanidin, rutin, B1, and B2. These antioxidants help prevent damaged cells caused by stressed and environmental factors. On the other hand, its physiological effects are credited to its carbohydrate contents. The effects include the following. Anti-diabetic- okra is rich in fiber that slows down sugar absorption to the blood. Brain function improvement- it has been reported that people in Far East, Middle East, and Southeast Asia eat okra to improve their brain functions. Lipid control- okra has soluble fiber known as pectin that helps lower blood cholesterol by up to 10%.     Okra Health Benefits   Maintains Digestive Health The best part of including okra in the diet is the significant increase it offers on the total fiber intake. The mucilaginous fiber for instance, helps move food through the digestive...