Okra, or also known as lady’s fingers is a plant which is native to Asia, but today can be found all over the world since it’s benefits have helped made quite the name for it. This vegetable is loaded with minerals, vitamins and nutrients, and as a result of this, it has been a part of effective natural remedies for treating various health conditions, including diabetes, cancer cells, cravings and high cholesterol.
Down below are several health benefits of Okra only few know about:
- It Curbs Cravings
Thanks to its high content of soluble fiber, okra can make you feel full for a longer period of time, and as a result of increasing your satiety, it reduces the cravings and aids weight loss.
- Treats Fatigue
As we all know, fatigue is a problem which affects a large number of people all over the world, and it is a common symptom of many health problems. But if you have okra nearby, you are in luck, as the seeds of the vegetable are packed with polyphenols and antioxidants, which can promote glycogen storage in the liver, meaning that your cells will be provided with more energy.
- Controls Diabetes
Okra seeds also have the ability to control diabetes by reducing fasting glucose levels. Studies have shown that they improve the insulin sensitivity of the cells and inhibit alpha-glucosidase, which is a unique enzyme known for breaking down fat.
- Regulates Cholesterol Levels
While preventing the accumulation of fat in your body, okra also promotes the reduction of high cholesterol levels, and reduces the total cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while improving the production of bile acids in the stool that prevent atherosclerosis and heart attacks.
- Stops Bleeding/Prevents Brittle Bones
Okra is packed with vitamin K, which reinforces the bones and promotes better blood coagulation. To be more specific, it prevents osteoporosis, fractures and excessive bleeding as a result of injuries.
- Boosts Immunity/Improves Eyesight
Okra is also loaded with vitamin A, which is an important nutrient that increases white blood cell count, boosts the immune system and improves the overall eyesight.
- Prevents Gastritis
Studies and research has shown that okra juice can effectively fight infections, inflammations and bacteria, meaning that it reduces the overall risk of gastritis.