Okra – A Wonder Vegetable for the Diabetic

My Mom told me that recently she has been drinking OKRA water. That is the lowly OKRA soak in a glass of water overnight. And in the morning she would drink it. Her sugar level has gone down.
After hearing this from her i started surfing the web for more information about the lowly Okra.

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Here are some informations that i got:

The Okra-plant can reach  a height of 3 to 6 feet. Sometimes the plant is used in backyard gardens as an ornamental plant. The vegetable is used for soups and stews or as a fried or boiled vegetable. 
Okra is well known because of its healthy qualities. The valuable nutrients of the okra is evident. 50 % is soluble. Soluble fibre helps to lower cholesterol and  reduces the risk of heart disease. The other 50% of the vegetable (insoluble fibre) helps to decrease  the risk of some forms of cancer. Moreover, nearly 10% of the recommended levels of vitamin B6  are also present in half cup of cooked okra!

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Health Benefits of Okra

  1. The superior fiber found in okra helps to stabilize the blood sugar by curbing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
  2. Okra’s mucilage binds cholesterol and bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver.
  3. Okra helps lubricate the large intestines due to its bulk laxative qualities. The okra fiber absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. This helps prevent and improve constipation. Unlike harsh wheat bran, which can irritate or injure the intestinal tract, okra’s mucilage soothes, and okra facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic. Okra binds excess cholesterol and toxins (in bile acids). These, if not evacuated, will cause numerous health problems. Okra also assures easy passage out of waste from the body. Okra is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming, has no adverse side effects, is full of nutrients, and is economically within reach of most individuals unlike over-the-counter drugs.
  4. Okra fiber is excellent for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics). This contributes to the health of the intestinal tract.
  5. Okra is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
  6. Okra is used for healing ulcers and to keep joints limber. It helps to neutralize acids, being very alkaline, and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.
  7. Okra treats lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  8. Okra has been used successfully in experimental blood plasma replacements.
  9. Okra is good for summer heat treatment.
  10. Okra is good for constipation.
  11. Okra is good in normalizing the blood sugar and cholesterol level.
  12. Okra is good for asthma. Okra’s vitamin C is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which curtail the development of asthma symptoms.
  13. Okra is good for atherosclerosis.
  14. Okra is believed to protect some forms of cancer expansion, especially colorectal cancer.
  15. Eating okra helps to support the structure of capillaries.
  16. Some information shows that eating okra lowers the risk of cataracts.
  17. Okra is good for preventing diabetes.
  18. Okra protects you from pimples and maintains smooth and beautiful skin. We understand the reason why Cleopatra and Yang Guifei loved to eat okra.

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