If you have avoided okra in your diet, here are some of the features of this vegetable, which has its own healing effects when consumed.
First of all, the healing properties of okra are indicated by keeping the normal blood cholesterol level, creating good digestion and stabilizing blood sugar. It rejuvenates the skin, stimulates the regeneration of its tissues.
Okra (Lady’s fingers), one of the oldest products of healthy food that returns to a large extent not only in the family cuisine but also in the restaurants. It has been known since three millennia ago, especially during the time of Egypt’s Phoenicians. Some modern “fast food” consumers may not even know what it looks like or what its taste is, which is useful in the body, and they call it “Lady’s fingers.”
Cleopatra and ancient records knew about okras extraordinary effects of smoothness and tightness of the skin. They showed that in the valley of the Nile the okra grew for centuries, even before Christ.
Okra grows to one meter in height. The fruit has a wavy elongated shape that is easily digestible, juicy, with a pleasant flavor. For the preparation of food, only young immature fruits are used which, when cooking decomposes, releases very small seedlings, very rich in proteins and fats.
In the modern cuisine, okras are washed and frozen in small packages, as needed.
The plant is rich in fiber, important for maintaining normal cholesterol levels in the blood, good digestion and stabilizing blood sugar.
It also contains many minerals and vitamins, especially B group (mostly B1 and B2 and B6) that are important for maintaining a safe and healthy pregnancy. Folic acid production prevents birth defects and helps the fetus grow normally.
Vitamin C, which also has enormous amounts, prevents the development of diabetes and relieves symptoms if the disease is manifested. It is effective in case of asthma and other respiratory problems. Vitamin C from the brain also rejuvenates the skin. Promotes the growth and regeneration of tissues and thus improves collagen production.
It also contains polysaccharides that have a stimulating effect on the body and blood. Thereby leading to better brain function, memory, and cognitive abilities.
Okra is rich in a number of antioxidants. Of which the most important is the antioxidant called rutin because it contributes to the strength of small vessels. As well as “quercetin” that keeps the airways, as it helps to eliminate mucus.
Official studies have confirmed that regular consumption of okra reduces the risk of kidney disease, especially those caused by diabetes. Since it is rich in dietary fiber, it improves bowel health, but also the whole of the digestive tract. An important companion is Vitamin A. Which contributes to the health of the entire mucous membrane of these organs, as well as their normal functioning.