Nutrition

Okra – One Of The Most Powerful Natural Remedies Against Diabetes, High Cholesterol And Fatigue!

Okra is a pod vegetable that is grown throughout all seasons. It prospers in warm climates and is naturally green with some red variations. Okra can be off putting because of its slime but when eaten, has powerful effects against heart disease or treatment against fatigue and diabetes.

This low-calorie vegetable has about 30 calories in 100 gram serving and zero fats. Okra is rich in fiber which helps reduce the risk of heart disease, maintain weight management, and has excellent digestive remedies.

Research also suggests that Okra plant allows for your body to recover quicker after a workout, creating an anti-fatigue effect. The study conducted by PMC in 2015 proved okra pods to “lowered levels of blood lactic acid” which is an effect caused by strenuous workouts.

According to a study published by PubMed, the water in Okra improved blood sugar levels in pregnant rats that had gestational diabetes. Due to its Fiber and various nutrients (Vita B3, B1, Magnesium, etc), it helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels in the body; assisting with diabetes. Additionally, Okra is used in turkey to help fight against diabetes.

Managing stress levels is essential for diabetics because stress levels can create a spike in blood sugar levels in the long term. There’s been evidence to suggest that okra seeds have antioxidants which relieve stress in the blood stream of mice.

Okra (Hibiscus Esculentus), also known as gumbo, lady’s fingers, kiabo and okro, is a plant of Ethiopian origin, although it is now grown and cultivated all over the world. The pod of the vegetable has a greenish color and tiny seeds which can be added to broths, stews and salads.

Thanks to its rich nutrient profile, okra has been used as a natural remedy for a variety of health problems in the past. People have been using the vegetable to lower high cholesterol, control diabetes, curb cravings and even destroy cancer cells.

 

Here are some of the health benefits of okra:

Curbs Your Cravings

Okra is rich in soluble fiber which will make you stay full for longer. By making you feel full for a longer period, okra will reduce your cravings and prevent weight gain.

Treats Fatigue

Fatigue is a common problem around the world nowadays and is a common symptom of numerous ailments. Luckily, okra can help you fight it. The seeds contain antioxidants and polyphenols which can promote glycogen storage in the liver, which means more energy for your cells.

Controls Diabetes

The okra seeds can reduce fasting glucose levels and control diabetes. They will do this by inhibiting a specific enzyme (alpha-glucosidase) that breaks down carbs and improving the insulin sensitivity of your cells. Okra has been used to treat and prevent diabetes for centuries and even science confirms it can indeed help in the treatment of this difficult condition.

Regulates Your Cholesterol Levels

Okra promotes the reduction of high cholesterol levels and prevents the accumulation of fat in your body. The vegetable can reduce the total cholesterol and triglyceride levels and improve the production of bile acids in the stool, which will prevent atherosclerosis and heart attack in the long run.

Stops Bleeding And Prevents Brittle Bones

Okra is full of vitamin K, a vitamin that can reinforce your bones and promote better blood coagulation. In this way, the vegetable can prevent fractures, osteoporosis and excessive bleeding due to injuries.

Boosts Your Immune System And Improves Your Eyesight

Okra is rich in vitamin A, an important nutrient that can boost your immune system by increasing your white blood cell count. Okra will strengthen your body’s defenses against a variety of health problems and also improve your eyesight.

Prevents Gastritis

H.Pylori infections have become pretty common nowadays. Helicobacter Pylori is a bacterium which lives in our intestinal lining and may cause inflammation which will lead to gastritis. Okra juice has proven itself as a powerful bacteria fighter. By destroying the H. Pylori bacterium in your gut, okra can effectively reduce the inflammation and reduce the risk of gastritis.

Source: Alternative Health Universe

Source: awarenessremedies.com

Nutrition Major at University of Guelph.

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