OKRA, better known by its common name as Lady’s Finger or Gumbo is a high fibre vegetable known for its high soluble and insoluble fibre content. It is usually used in many recipes and is also a part of many nutritional diets, as it is beneficial to the heart.
It can consumed in many ways. The best way is to make avegetable without gravy. Here are some of the key benefits of Lady’s Finger.
• The fibres aid the process of digestion in the body by facilitating proper bowel movement.
• Folates present in Okra reduce the neural defects in a a newborn baby.
• Vitamin K is a co-factor in the blood-clotting process and also plays a major role in strengthening the bones in our body.
• People diagnosed with asthma are strongly suggested too consume Okra.
• It facilitates proper absorption of water and ensures free motion disposal by the body and hence prevent constipation.
• It helps prevent sun strokes.
• It is believed that all diseases begin in the colon, and having Okra in your diet helps prevent related diseases to a great extent.
• This vegetable ensures lesser absorption of cholesterol, preventing heart diseases and ailments which occur due to cholesterol in the blood.
• With regular consumption, either in raw or cooked form, you can avoid obesity. Obesity is not necessarily due to consumption of fatty calorific foods, but may be due to lack of nutrients.
• Okra is also known to aid in the preventon of diabetes with its rich fibre content.
Take two pieces of Ladyfinger and cut both ends of each piece. Either slice them into pieces or score the middle part a little and put them in glass of water.
Cover the glass and keep it at room temperature during the night. Early next morning, before breakfast simply remove the ladyfinger from the glass and drink that water.
OKRA is also rich in Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. With less cholesterol and calories, it can be also be eaten in considerable amounts.