Myriads of health benefits of okra
Every vegetable we eat has numerous benefits. Among the vegetable group okra is a versatile vegetable having myriads of benefits. It is a small vegetable which is green in color like other usual vegetables having pods and seeds which are fused together. This vegetable belongs to the cotton family and were first found in Ethiopia about some 3000 years go. This vegetable is used in many dishes to make it more delicious. Some people cook it alone and other infuses it with other vegetables or meat. There are some benefits of okra listed below:
Health benefits of okra
Full of useful vitamins
Okra has very low calorie content thus making it the top class choice for heart patients. Apart from his okra is full of useful vitamins and all these vitamins are essential for healthy living. Some of these vitamins are as follows:
- Vitamin B6
- Folic acid
- Vitamin C\
Recommended during pregnancy
This vegetable is highly recommended in pregnancy because it contains sufficient amount of zinc and folic acid. These two nutrients are beneficial in the neural tube formation of the fetus. As the neural; tube development take place in the first four to twelve weeks so this should be eaten within this time period.
For diabetic patients
It is said that fibers and mucilage present in the okra regulates the free flowing sugar levels in the blood.
Prevents constipation and flatulence
Okra scavenges the extra cholesterol and other harmful toxins and throws them out of the body in the form of stool. Not only this has the stool carried a lot of water in it which in turn prevents from flatulence and constipation.
Helps in weight loss
If you are tired from trying various weight loss supplements then try okra. The beneficial properties of the okra can be retained when it is cooked over low flame. Okra is very helpful in reducing weight. The mucilage, vitamins and other beneficial contents present in okra are not damaged when it is cooked over low flame.
Okra helps in the production of normal flora which is referred to as probiotic, these bacteria are also present in yogurt and have the similar beneficial effect as the bacteria present in yogurt have which helps in the formation of vitamin B complex.
Beneficial for hair
For all those ladies who want to add a little bouncy kick to their hair should boil the okra till the brew becomes gooey. After this add few drops of lemon juice in it. This mixture should be used in the last while rinsing your hair. Continuous use of this mixture will add a bouncy touch to hair.
Good for irritable bowel disease (IBD)
Okra acts a laxative and cures all the IBD. Not only has this but also soothes ulcers.
Rich in amino acid
One of the benefits of okra is that it is rich in proteins. It contains sulfur, tryptophan and cystine in large amounts.