So a few people have been telling me about the benefits of okra for people with diabetes. It actually sounds amazing but some of the information people have been getting is not true. Firstly okra does NOT cure diabetes, if it did alto of people would have done so by now. It maintain low blood glucose levels though as long as you follow a health lifestyle as well. It does not replay your medication and health regimes, it just supports. I have done my research and tried okra and here is a little bit about it.
What Is Okra?
Okra, also known as "lady finger", is one of the popular nutritious vegetables of North-Eastern Africa origin. They usually gathered while the pods are green, tender, and at immature stage. The plant is cultivated throughout the tropical and warm temperate regions around the world for their fibrous fruits or "pods." It grows best in well-drained and manure rich soil.
Nutritional Value Of Okra
The okra pods are among the very low calorie vegetables. They provide just 33 calories per 100 g, besides containing no saturated fats or cholesterol.
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 7 mg 0%
Potassium 299 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
Dietary fiber 3.2 g 12%
Sugar 1.5 g
Protein 1.9 g 3%
Vitamin A 14% Vitamin C 38%
Calcium 8% Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-1 20% Magnesium 14%
Okra is one of the best medicinal vegetable although it is not everyone’s favorite. You may like to try it if you knew about its immense health benefits:
*Anemia: Helps red blood cells production and prevent anemia.
*Bone Strength: Folic acid in okra builds strong bones and density, preventing osteoporosis.
*Cholesterol: The soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, thus also reducing atherosclerosis and the risk of heart diseases.(Ifound this online though)
*Constipation: The rich fiber and mucilaginous (slimy) content in okra pods help increase bulk, bind to toxins and ensure easy bowel movements with its natural laxative properties.
*Diabetes: It has insulin-like properties that help to reduce blood sugar level. However after trying it out, it can not be a replacement for insulin because it is not insulin.
*Gut flora: The fiber helps improve the population of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
*Immune Booster: The high antioxidants and vitamin C content make okra a good immune booster food that reduce your catching the cough and cold.
*Skin Health: With good bowel movements, skin health will improve. Helps reduce acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions.
*Vision Health: Okra contains beta-carotene's (precursor of vitamin A), xanthin and lutein, all antioxidant properties that are helpful for vision health, preventing eye problems like cataract and glaucoma.
What I Thought Of Okra
I've grown up eating cooked okra. I've had it boiled, fried and in a soup. Raw Okra water is something I only started trying recently. The benefits of okra are actually true but the only thing I didn't like about it is that it's sappy. It has no taste so drinking it is a bit hard because of it's texture. I added some lemons and kiwi to add to the taste. I also looked at the benefits of lemons and kiwi to the water and it was more for detox. As a diabetic who is insulin dependent this was not so bad as I thing of the prospects of weight control.
I found a video on Youtube which gives a guide on how to make the okra water :