Okra is a tall-growing vegetable that traces its origin from ancient Ethiopia (Abyssinia) through to Eastern Mediterranean, India, the Americas and the Caribbean.
Parts of the plant (immature okra pods) are widely used vegetables in tropical countries and are typically used for making soups, stews or as a fried/boiled vegetable.
This incredible plant named okra, gumbo or lady’s finger is a flowering plant in the form of edible green pods that grow only in warm regions. This plant is very good for your health since it has anti-diabetic properties as it is rich in fiber helping stabilize blood sugar. It is very low in calories with a plenty of vitamins A, B6, C, Thiamin, folic acid, calcium, riboflavin, zinc and dietary fiber. Pregnant women are recommended to consume it due to the folic acid that is essential for the fetus formation during 4-12 weeks of pregnancy.
Evidence of okra having anti-diabetic properties has increased in recent years, with multiple Vitro (laboratory) and Vivo (animal) studies confirming okra as a potent blood glucose-lowering (or anti-diabetic) food.
In one study, published 2011 in the Journal of Pharmacy & BioAllied Sciences, researchers in India found that diabetic mice fed dried and ground okra peels and seeds experienced a reduction in their blood glucose levels, while others showed a gradual decrease in blood glucose following regular feeding of okra extract for about ten days.
Outside of scientific research, many people with diabetes have reported decreasing blood sugar levels after soaking cut-up okra pieces in water overnight and then drinking the juice in the morning, while in Turkey roasted okra seeds have been used as a traditional diabetes medicinefor generations.
Okra is considered to have the highest levels of beta-carotenes, lutein and xanthin which are known for their anti-oxidant powers that are good for your vision, maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, and protects from oral cavity and lung cancers. Furthermore, it helps lubricate large intestines because it has bulk laxative qualities as well as it binds excess cholesterol and toxins. The fiber it contains feeds the good bacteria which improves the health of your intestinal tract. People who feel week, exhausted or depressed are more than welcome to consume it. Moreover, it heals ulcers and keeps joints limber providing a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract by neutralizing acid. Its miracle ingredients are good in lung inflammation, sore throat, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, prevents diabetes, pimples, some forms of cancer expansion (especially colorectal), supports the structure of blood capillaries, lowers the risk of cataracts. We can say that it is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming, has no adverse side-effects, is full of nutrients and is not expensive.