Health benefits of Okra

Health benefits of Okra

Okra

Okra, also popularly known as ladies’ fingers has numerous health benefits. Okra 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 the seed pod. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and a rich source of non-dairy calcium. Okra is rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.  Due to the presence of a large variety of minerals, vitamins, and organic compounds it gives a boost to the immune system.

Improves digestion & Treats Constipation – The pods contains 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.

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.

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 protects 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 helps maintain a younger looking skin. The antioxidants in it protects 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 a lemon on your knife when cutting and adding some lemon juice while cooking okra 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

 

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