Benefits of eating Okra (ladies’ fingers)

Published on February 28, 2017 by shiva

Okra commonly called as ladies finger is a famous vegetable that has many health benefits. The common health benefits of ladies finger include:

  1. Pregnancy and fetal development
  2. It also helps in conceiving and fetal brain development
  3. Prevents miscarriages
  4. Formation of fetal neural tube and prevents any defects in the fetal neural tube
  5. Lowers cholesterol
  6. Okra contains soluble fiber pectin that helps in lowering the bad cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis.
  7. Okra is a rich fiber that helps in digestion and regularization of bowels.
  8. The soluble fiber pectin swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of waste from the intestine
  9. Eating okra can reduce colon cancer risk. The insoluble fiber found in okra cleanse out the intestinal tract thus, decreasing the risk of colon rectal cancer.
  10. The high antioxidants in okara help in protecting your immune system against harmful free radicals and prevent mutation of cells.
  11. Okra is good for strong bones. The vitamin K is a cofactor in vital blood clotting process.
  12. It restores bone density and prevents osteoporosis and makes your bones stronger.
  13. The antioxidant present in okra has high anti-inflammatory property and the vitamin C content prevents the development of asthma symptoms. Eating okra can also reduce asthma attacks.
  14. It also acts as a respiratory soother. A decoction of leaves and flowers of okra are used in treating bronchitis and pneumonia.
  15. It is also an excellent home remedy for common cold and flu.
  16. It relieves constipation
  17. Okra is beneficial for treating sun strokes
  18. It can also be used to relieve depression and stress
  19. The mucilaginous content of okra can act as a hair conditioner and improve your hair texture.
  20. It can also be used as a scalp moisturizer for the dry and itchy scalp.
  21. It can also be used as a cure for peptic ulcers.

Okra can be included in your daily diet and can also be used as a natural home remedy to cure various disease conditions.

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