This amazing vegetable is an answer to many of your problems. From controlling blood sugar levels, to eliminating kidney stones, to normalizing cholesterol… and the list goes on. Wondering what is the name of this vegetable that we talk about? It’s the incredible okra.


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Nowadays, many people don’t actually know its look, cannot define its taste, or what are its benefits. Therefore, they neither talk about okra, nor ask about it. And what’s really ironic here, is that people all over the world have been using it in meals for more than 3 millennia, especially in Egypt, during the era of the Pharaohs.

Hence, from what we mention above, we can summarize that abelmoschus esculentus, or okra, is a healthy food used for centuries in many different cuisines.

Now, let’s proceed and reveal all of the health benefits that you can get from eating okra.

Okra And Why Should We Use It

Okra is a vegetable that has high contents of fiber; it is important for preserving normal levels of cholesterol; it promotes digestion; and it controls the blood sugar levels. It has many different vitamins and minerals, among which you can find the most important vitamins for healthy and safe pregnancy, i.e. the B group vitamins (B1, B2 and B6). Containing folic acid, it helps prevent birth abnormalities, and it promotes the normal growth and development of the child.

Vitamin C is also present in this vegetable, and in such quantities, which help prevent development of diabetes, or when manifested, it helps relieve the diabetes symptoms. Its vitamin C contents also help in skin rejuvenation, regeneration and growth of tissues, and it supports collagen production.

Furthermore, if you’re suffering from asthma or other problems affecting the respiratory tract, okra can certainly help you. It contains polysaccharides, which are molecular chains that stimulate the bloodstream and the functioning of the body, and therefore, improve the power of the brain, cognitive skills and memory.

The next thing we want to mention is that okra has a variety of antioxidants. One of them is rutin, an important bioflavonoid that strengthens the small blood vessels. Another one is quercetin, a flavonoid that protects the airways, and helps in the mucus elimination.

Scientific research shows that people who regularly consume okra reduce the risk of developing kidney diseases, especially the ones triggered by diabetes. Since it has high contents of fibers, it enhances the health of the bowels, and the entire gastrointestinal tract.

Oh, and let’s not forget about vitamin A. Having this vitamin, okra promotes the health and normal functioning of all mucous membranes in the human body.

How To Make Okra Water

To make this water, you’ll need 4 okras and a glass of water. Cut the head and tail of the okras and put them in a glass filled with water. Leave them standing for 12 hours, and then drink the infused water. It is recommendable to do this in the mornings, on an empty stomach, when the absorption abilities of the organism are at their best. And, why is this good for us? Because it can help us maintain normal blood sugar levels with zero efforts.