Of Ethiopian origin, the Abelmoschus esculentus or Hibiscus esculentus is known by many names all over the world – okra, kiabo, okro, fingers of lady (England), gumbo (USA), quimbombó (Spain), guibeiro (Portugal) , Kacang bendi (Malaysia), and bhindi, gombo, and bendakai (India).
The fact that it even has so many names suggests its global popularity and widespread cultivation. The tender pod, young and with seeds of the okra plant is consumed as a vegetable in salads, broths, stews and sautéed.
Like a series of natural ingredients, scientists are turning their attention to this proven home remedy. Now we have research that supports folklore, which turned out to be the right one. The following are benefits of okra, most of which probably would never have occurred to us.
BENEFITS OF THE OKRA
The okra is loaded with soluble fibers. Soluble fiber makes you feel full faster and for longer.
This can help you keep your caloric intake under control- controls hunger, helping you with your weight loss goals.
With a more lasting feeling of fullness, your need for binge eating will be greatly reduced.
2. Avoid fatigue
It is unfortunate how common the word “fatigue” has become in the world today. What used to be related mainly to age and disease, is now a daily struggle for young and healthy individuals.
Okra seeds can delay fatigue. They contain antioxidant polyphenols and flavonoids that promote the storage of glycogen in the liver. Glycogen is a reserve of fuel in the body, and more of this means that it will take longer to get tired.
3. Control Diabetes Mellitus
The okra and kernel seed can reduce blood glucose levels, making them useful in the control of diabetes mellitus. They do this by inhibiting the enzymes that break the carbon, increasing the sensitivity to insulin and ensuring that there are enough insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
More insulin and less carbohydrate breakdown in glucose means less sugar in the blood. One study showed that okra seeds prevent the intestinal breakdown of carbohydrates to glucose by inhibiting the alpha-glucosidase enzyme.
4. Stabilizes cholesterol levels
Okra promotes the degradation of cholesterol and inhibits the production of fat in the body. Therefore, it decreases total cholesterol and triglycerides and increases the excretion of bile acids (made of cholesterol) in the stool.
By regulating the levels of cholesterol in the blood, okra can prevent the blockage of the arteries, protecting us from heart diseases such as atherosclerosis.
6. Strengthens bones and prevents excessive bleeding
Vitamin K is the most abundant vitamin in the okra. This vitamin helps strengthen the bones and promotes the coagulation of the blood. Okra, therefore, helps prevent osteoporosis, fractures and excessive bleeding (due to injuries or bleeding disorders).
7. Increase immunity and improve eyesight
Okra contains moderate levels of vitamin A. Vitamin A stimulates the production of white blood cells, key players in your immune system. While infections and diseases make their rounds in the general population, okra will equip your body well enough to resist.
Vitamin A also helps the health of the eyes. If you have a weak vision or if you come from a family with a history of weak vision, it makes sense to consume okra regularly.
8. Prevent Gastritis
H. pylori bacteria infect the lining of the stomach and cause inflammation called gastritis. The okra juice contains anti-stick compounds that bind to the surface of the bacteria that float freely in the intestine.
This unforeseen union blocks the sites of bacteria responsible for coupling to the lining of the stomach. In fact, okra juice prevents H. pylori infections and gastritis.