The Lady’s finger is also known as Okra, this is a plant that is not liked much by people because of its texture which seems a bit slimy. It has a very unique and strong taste, and that is another reason why people, mostly children don’t like to eat it.
But besides that, the okra is able to provide numerous health benefits. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E, and also minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. What is even better, the okra is containing huge amounts of mucilaginous fiber as well.
To get the maximum out of the okra, it is best to consume it two times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. It is also very important that you drink the water while you are eating the okra.
Health Benefits of Okra:
Heart Health and Blood Pressure
The okra is loaded with many minerals and vitamins as we said, including potassium which is an ingredient that is needed to maintain our overall health. Potassium is also relaxing our arteries and blood vessels, it balances our sodium levels and maintains a balance in the body fluids as well. With balancing all these things it is able to reduce our blood pressure, and support the cardiovascular system.
The okra is supporting the healing process of our skin, and improves its health. It is also able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne and scars. It is able to do these things because it is very rich with antioxidants that are able to neutralize the free radicals that can cause severe damage to our skin cells.
The okra is high in vitamin A and many antioxidants components, including beta carotenes, xanthene and lutein. Because of its richness in these antioxidants, the ocra is able to neutralize and destroy the free radicals that can cause damage on our vision as well. Therefore, consuming okra on regular basis, will improve your vision, protect it from cataracts and macular degeneration.
As we said, the okra is able to fight free radicals due to its richness in antioxidants. Also it is very rich in vitamin C, and this vitamin is famous because it is able to improve and boost our immune system. It is stimulating our immune system to produce more white blood cells, that are the ones who fight against all foreign pathogens, or any materials that are a potential threat to our immune system.
To increase your intake of fiber, simply add okra to your everyday diet. Because the okra is very rich with mucilaginous fiber as well, which is able to support the moving of the food we consumed through the entire digestive system. It is also reducing gastrointestinal problems, including cramping, bloating, gas and constipation, and also it is regulating the bowel movements. What is even better, the okra is eliminating high cholesterol and it protects from diarrhea.