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Called the "queen" of vegetables, okra treats these health problems
Written by SOT.COM.AL 22 Maj 2023
Okra, or as they are otherwise called "ladys fingers", are very rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. This vegetable is used in many recipes and is part of many nutritional diets. It also has many benefits for heart health. Let's see in more detail some of its health benefits.
Health benefits of okra:
High fiber content:
Fiber can be found in a very concentrated amount in okra and many health specialists recommend this vegetable for digestive problems. Fiber helps the digestion process and facilitates bowel movement.
Okra is known to prevent diabetes. It is rich in fiber which helps prevent this disease.
Useful folate content:
The folates found in okra reduce neural tube defects in babies, which is why their consumption is recommended for women in the period before conception or pregnancy.
Vitamin K is a co-factor in blood clotting and plays a major role in strengthening bones.
Asthma is another problem that can be treated by including okra in our daily diet. People diagnosed with asthma are highly recommended to use okra.
Since they facilitate the absorption of water, these vegetables stimulate bowel movement, preventing constipation.
Okra prevents sunstroke.
It is believed that all diseases begin in the colon. Including okra in your meals ensures the prevention of colon cancer and diseases related to this organ.
With regular consumption of okra, raw or cooked, you can avoid obesity to a great extent. Obesity is not necessarily related to the consumption of fatty and caloric foods, but also to the lack of many nutrients.
This vegetable allows for a lower absorption of cholesterol preventing heart disease and other problems related to cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a dominant content in the body that stimulates obesity and other heart diseases. Now that we learned the health benefits of okra, let's learn some other benefits of it.
Dietary fiber for healthy skin. Okra is very rich in fiber. It also helps with good metabolism and digestion. And good digestion is reflected in healthy-looking skin.
Vitamin C for younger looking skin. The vitamin C found in okra helps the skin to have a youthful and fresh appearance. It also helps repair skin tissue. In this way, the skin looks younger and more alive.
Prevent skin pigmentation. Nutrients found in okra help prevent skin pigmentation. They help in the regeneration and repair of skin damage.
Stressed and lifeless hair can have its former shine by using water obtained from boiling okra.
This water is also used as a conditioner by massaging the scalp on wet hair.
Fights dandruff as it improves the condition of the scalp.
Rinse your hair with the water you boiled okra to make them shiny.
Tips for cooking okra
To avoid their firo, we fry them in oil before adding the other ingredients. This reduces their furo to a great extent. Remove from pan and set aside. Add them at the end, after you have prepared the rest of the dish. You can also add a little vinegar or lemon juice to the recipe to reduce the chance of the okra becoming soggy.
Recipe: baked okra with olive oil, salt and lemon juice
First heat up the charcoal grill or oven. Remove the ends of the okra. Fry them in oil. Place on the grill and cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Leave the okra until you can see the grill marks on it, but not charred. Bake on the other side, sprinkle with salt, lemon juice and serve.