Surprising Okra Health Benefits

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Okra is one of the most versatile super-foods gifted to us by Mother Nature. It is literally a powerhouse of vital minerals, vitamins, electrolytes and antioxidants that are beneficial to your health and body. Consequently, it’s no wonder that this amazing superfood offers a wide range of health benefits. Moreover, okra is fully non-toxic. So, you can definitely add it in your daily diet and reap its health benefits without fearing any sort of side effects. Now, just take a look at some of the surprising health benefits of Okra that are mentioned below. After going through these health benefits, you’ll come to know the importance of adding this superfood called Okra in your regular diet.
 

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Reduces Cholesterol Level:
Several studies have found that eating okra can really help the body to get rid of excess cholesterol. Okra is unbelievably rich in soluble fiber, which can significantly reduce the serum cholesterol level and this in turn lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, okra is rich in pectin that helps in reducing high blood cholesterol levels by regulating the production of bile in the intestines. However, try to avoid frying okra as this can lessen their nutritional values to a great extent.

Triggers Colon Health:
The colon plays a vital role in our body. Maintaining the colon health is extremely important, especially for the proper functioning of your gastrointestinal system. Okra is a great source of essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, iron, zinc, sodium, magnesium, selenium and phyto-nutrients, all of which are necessary to maintain the functional properties of colon. So, by simply including okra in your daily diet, you can also boost your colon health naturally.
 

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Protects from Cancer:

Okra contains plenty of cancer fighting nutrients. Hence, regular consumption of okra can truly prevent as well as cure various forms of cancer. It is particularly more effective for the prevention of stomach cancer, intestinal cancer and colorectal cancer. Plus, okra is rich in flavonoids that help to combat lung and oral cavity cancers.


Aids in weight loss:

Okra is an ideal food to eat for those people who are looking forward to lose weight. That’s because okra is extremely low in calories and fat (One cup of okra includes just 31 calories and about 0.1 gram of fat only). Moreover, okra is absolutely cholesterol-free. Above all, it has rich fiber content. Hence, intake of okra is said to be one of the best natural remedies for reducing body weight.


Accelerate Healing Process:
Okra is rich in vitamin C and this particular vitamin greatly helps in alleviating the number of free radicals found in our body, which ultimately cuts down the time taken in healing process. Plus, the vitamin K found in okra promotes the formation of blood clots and even assists in bone formation.
 

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Maintains Healthy Skin:
Okra contains vitamin A in abundance which is very good for skin. It can make your skin superbly clear, smooth, radiant, healthy and glowing. It has been found that regular consumption of okra can really enhance your skin’s overall texture and make them look lively and young. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of okra will help you from various skin disorders such as pimples and other skin blemishes.


Improves Hair Health:

Okra or lady finger is good for your hair too. It can add volume and even bounce to your hair. For this, all you have to do is first boil horizontally sliced okra until the content becomes slimy. Let the water cool, and after that add some drops of lemon to it. Now, to start with, simply wash your hair as usual. And when it comes to the last rinse, use the solution prepared from okra to wash your hair. However, make sure that all areas of your hair are evenly covered. This homemade hair care solution will give you a dandruff-free healthy hair. Plus, some experts say that with this solution you can even get rid of head lice completely.


Aids in Digestion:

Another important health benefit of okra is that it aids in the digestion process. It greatly improves the functions of the digestive system, as okra is loaded with high contents of both soluble as well as insoluble dietary fiber. These soluble fibers will ease your digestive system, and thus ensure regular bowel movements.
 

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Prevents Diabetes:
Okra is extremely beneficial in preventing and treating diabetes. The mucilage and dietary fiber present in okra assists in stabilizing the blood sugar levels, and so with regular intake of lady’s finger, you can naturally prevent diabetes. And if you already have diabetes then you can try out a very effective home remedy using okra. For this, soak okra in a glass of water overnight and then in the next morning take it on empty stomach. By doing so on daily basis, it would reduce the blood sugar levels remarkably.

Other Okra health benefits:

  • Okra is good for preventing atherosclerosis. It prevents the damage of blood vessels and keeps them healthy.
  • It has been found that okra is an excellent food for brain or mind. It can help a person to come out of exhaustion, depression and mental weakness.
  • The seeds of okra have oleic acid and this acid is very much beneficial for lowering blood pressure levels.
  • The vitamin C content of okra can improve your immune system and thus it help prevent you from cold, flu, and other infections.
  • The rich iron content of okra helps in formation of hemoglobin in the blood and hence prevents anemia.
  • Vitamin A and beta carotene plays an important role in maintaining good eyesight and both these essential nutrients are present in okra. Moreover, these nutrients will help your body to prevent various eye related diseases like cataracts.
  • Okra has high amount of folic acid, which is necessary for cell growth and reproduction. For this reason, it is highly recommended for all those women who are pregnant and those who are planning for a baby to eat okra on regular basis.
 

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Your provided super information about vendaikkaai. really amazing to note that this vendaikkaai has got these many benefits. thank you
 

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