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Nutrition & Health Benefits of Okra: Why You Must Eat Lady Finger once A week?

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

Okra or ‘Lady Finger’ or most popularly known as ‘Bhindi’ is one of the most loved and available vegetables in Indian kitchen across the country. But very few people know that Okra is a nutritious food with many health benefits which is rich in magnesium, folate, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C, K1, and A. Moreover, it is worked as medicine for pregnant women, heart health and blood sugar control. It’s cultivated in warm and tropical climates, such as those in Africa and South Asia and comes in two colors -red and green. Though it’s not one of the most common foods, okra is packed with nutrition. Let’s know the medicinal properties and hidden benefits of your favorite ‘Bhindi or ladyfinger. 

Nutritional Value of Lady Finger/Okra 

Okra has an impressive nutrient profile. 

One cup (100 grams) of raw okra contains: 

  • Calories: 33

  • Carbs: 7 grams

  • Protein: 2 grams

  • Fat: 0 grams

  • Fiber: 3 grams

  • Magnesium: 14% of the Daily Value (DV)

  • Folate: 15% of the DV

  • Vitamin A: 14% of the DV

  • Vitamin C: 26% of the DV

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the DV

  • Vitamin B6: 14% of the DV

Medicinal Properties of Okra

Stabilize Blood Sugar

As per Research reports, eating okra or okra extract may help decrease blood sugar levels.

In one study, rats were given liquid sugar and purified okra experienced fewer blood sugar spikes  than animals in the control group.

Researchers suggested that the okra decreased sugar absorption in the digestive tract, leading to a more stable blood sugar response.

Prevent and Improve Constipation

The fiber is the main factor here again. High fiber content is great for the digestive tract and keeps you going more regularly. This not only helps keep your weight down but makes you healthier overall.

Beneficial for pregnant women

As per science reports, Folate (vitamin B9) is an important nutrient for pregnant women. It helps lower the risk of a neural tube defect, which affects the brain and spine of a developing fetus.

It’s recommended that all women of childbearing age consume 400 mcg of folate every day.

A review that included 12,000 healthy adult women found that most consumed just 245 mcg of folate per day, on average.

It May Have Anti-Cancer Properties

As per reports, okra contains lectin, a type of protein that may defend the growth of human cancer cells in your body.

Protects from Coughing 

Okra Juice is used to treat sore throat associated with coughing.

Used to Treat Diarrhea with Fever

As per science, Okra Juice is useful to treat Diarrhea with Fever and abdominal pain. 

May Help in Headache, Fever, and Arthritis

The decoction of okra is used to treat Headache, Fever and Arthritis, medical reports claims.

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