Health Benefits of Okra

Health Benefits of Okra

Okra, also popularly known as ladies fingers/Bhindi, has numerous health benefits. It is a much-favored food by kids and adults alike for its taste and nutrition. It belongs to the family of hibiscus and cotton and is a seed pod. It contains minerals, vitamins and is a rich source of non-dairy calcium.  The iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc in okra, along with organic compounds, boosts the immune system.

Improves digestion & Treats Constipation

The pods contain bulk fiber which aids digestion and treats constipation. The high fiber content of the seeds helps moves the food down the digestive tract making the bowel movement regular. Also, check http://www.natural-cure.org/naturopathy-treatment/naturopathy-treatment-for-constipation/

Helps lower cholesterol

Food high in fiber are known to treat cholesterol and diabetes. The high fiber in Okra checks the blood cholesterol

Eases Gastrointestinal Problems 

Reduces common gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, cramping, gastritis, acidity, and constipation.

Healthy for Diabetic People

Helps control the sugar absorption in the body which makes it a healthy food for diabetic patients.

Okra Boosts Immunity

Okra is rich in antioxidants which helps fight free radicals. It also has high vitamin C which boosts immunity. A strong immune system fights pathogens and protects the body from common cold, flu, etc.

Healthy for Eyes

The high vitamin A and antioxidants like carotenoids and lutein protect the eyes from age-related problems like macular degeneration and cataracts.

Lowers blood pressure

Okra is a good source of both vitamins and minerals such as potassium, which is key to good health. It acts as a vaso-dilator by reducing blood pressure and optimizing the circulatory system. The potassium helps relax the blood vessels and lessens the strain on the heart.

Makes skin Radiant

Vitamin A and C found in okra help maintain a younger looking skin. The antioxidants in it protect skin health by promoting quicker healing, reducing the appearance of scars, acne and eliminates wrinkles.

Can make your Hair Shiny

Okra Gel can serve as a good moisturizer for your dry and itchy scalp. It makes the hair soft and protects the scalp from dryness that leads to dandruff. Rinsing the hair with it gives the hair a beaming radiance.

Regular consumption of okra has numerous health benefits, it boosts immunity, lowers the cholesterol, relieves from asthma and helps avoid kidney disease.

Tips:

To avoid stickiness whilst cutting always wash and dry it with a kitchen towel before cutting.

Rubbing lemon on your knife when cutting and adding some lemon juice while cooking will also help reduce the stickiness.

Apart from the regular stir-fried, sautéd okra or bhindi masala, okra pods sun-dried with different seasoning make a tasty snack to satisfy your craving for crunch.

Contact Jagagadguru Kripalu Naturopathy Hospital for Chronic disease and lifestyle consultation.

by Pragya Sinha

 

7 Comments

  1. krishna iyer says:

    Thank you for telling us the benefits of okra

  2. Neetha chinnappa says:

    Good message . Good to know the health benefits of okra

  3. sanjay says:

    very useful information

  4. Santosh Taneja says:

    Extremely healthy and easily available!

  5. Lipi says:

    Okra or ladies fingers has numerous health benefits. It improves digestion and treats constipation, helps lower cholesterol, eases gastrointestinal problems, healthy for Diabetic people,it boosts immunity, healthy for eyes, lower blood pressure, makes skin radiant, and can make our hair shiny. So we should take ladies fingers in our daily daiet.

  6. glsahni says:

    Okra-never knew so much about this very common veg.
    Wonderful for my ailing wife.Earlier was doubtful about use of Bindi in her diet.

  7. Sabita Satapathy says:

    Okra/lady’s finger is a a vegetable of commercial importance. It helps us boost our immunity. It helps us to make our skin bright.

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