5 reasons why you should consume Okra!

5 reasons why you should consume Okra daily!

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench, Family: Malvaceae) is also known as lady’s finger, bhindi and gumbo. It is a tall-growing vegetable that traces its origin from ancient Ethiopia (Abyssinia) through to Eastern Mediterranean, India, the Americas and the Caribbean. People often have love-hare relationship with okra. Some can’t stand the sight of it, while some can devour it in minutes! And yes, it also forms a part of some interesting recipes.

Pharmacological studies have revealed that okra possesses antioxidant, neuroprotective, antidiabetic, antihyperlipidemic, and anti-fatigue activities.

What are the health benefits of consuming bhindi or okra? 

Here are few!

  1. The superior insoluble fibre contained in okra is believed to help stabilise blood glucose by slowing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
  2. From practical experience many people with diabetes have reported decreasing blood sugar levels after soaking cut-up okra pieces in water overnight and then drinking the juice in the morning
  3. In Turkey roasted okra seeds have been used as a traditional therapy in diabetes for generations.
  4. Okra seeds has shown to have anti-fatigue properties which means that it can reduce tiredness/fatigue in stressed individuals.
  5. Seeds of Ladies finger also have anti-oxidant properties which help increase levels of favourable enzymes that fight against infections and inflammation.

Make sure that you include okra in your diet plan. It provides several health benefits!


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Author: drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

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