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Okra Is a Superfood

Updated on April 21, 2017

Also known as ladies' finger, okro, ochro, gumbo bamia pod, this warm-season vegetable is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world. It was a favorite food of Cleopatra.

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Okra Is a Nutritional Powerhouse

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) contains potassium, fibre, magnesium, folate, vitamin C and many other essential nutrients that keep you strong and healthy.

Okra Nutrition

Nutrient
In Half Cup Of Sliced, Cooked Okra
Calories
25 kcal
Protein
1.5 g
Carbohydrates
5.8 g
Folic acid
37 mg
Vitamin C
13 mg
Magnesium
46 mg
Fiber
2 g
Potassium
257 mg
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Okra Health Benefits

Here are okra benefits.

Good For the Brain

Okra keeps brain neurons healthy. Many experts are of the opinion that it is an excellent brain food.

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Keeps Digestive System Healthy

Fiber in okra promotes a healthy digestive system. It vegetable prevents constipation. This therapeutic vegetable prevents many digestion related diseases.

Helps in Diabetes Management

A study on rats indicates that okra suppresses insulin resistance, thereby improving blood sugar levels.

Strengthens the Immune System

Vitamin C and other nutrients in okra build a strong immune system.

Used to Treat Asthma

Okra, which is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, curtails the development of asthma symptoms. It also reduces the frequency of asthma attacks.

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Prevents Sunstroke

Okra keeps you strong and energetic and prevents sunstroke. It also helps you recover from this heatstroke quickly.

Okra and Heart

Is okra good for the heart? Yes it is. Cholesterol enhances the risk of many heart related diseases. Fiber in okra binds to cholesterol in the body and removes the same from the body. Vitamin C and phytosterols in okra reduce the levels of "bad cholesterol".

Helps You Maintain Healthy Eyes

Beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein promote excellent eye health. Okra prevents cataracts and macular degeneration.

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Good For the Skin

Okra is used in treatment of various skin conditions, including dry skin, psoriasis, acne and dull skin. Anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti inflammatory and re-hydrating properties of okra make it a skin-friendly food.

Good For Babies

Okra is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for babies. It facilitates smooth bowel movement in your loved one. It is an excellentcure for dysentery and diarrhea. It keeps your baby's blood healthy.

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Prevents Cancer

Various antioxidants in okra prevent many cancers. Lectin from okra was used in a research study to treat human breast cancer cells. The treatment decreased cancer cell growth by 63 percent and killed 72 percent of the human cancer cells.

Good For the Bones

Folate, calcium, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin K, phosphorus and other nutrients in okra keep your bones strong and healthy. They also prevent osteoporosis.

Removes Toxins

Okra detoxifies the body; it is an excellent diuretic. It also keeps your liver clean and healthy.

Summary

  • Okra is a warm season vegetable.
  • Half cup of sliced, cooked okra contains 5.8 grams of carbohydrates.
  • Okra prevents various cancers.
  • Okra keeps your bones and teeth strong.
  • Okra reduces the risk of heart disease.

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

— Joyce Meyer

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      borge_009 3 weeks ago from Philippines

      Hi Srikanth! I do agree with you that okra is a superfood. Okra's my favorite too. I hope you would take time to check my article on vegetable soup where okra is one of the ingredients.

      https://hubpages.com/food/2-SIMPLE-AND-SCRUMPTIOUS... :)

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