The Okra plant otherwise known as Lady Fingers or its botanical name which is Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus is a highly nutritious plant and its pods or stringy fruits is rich in fiber, antioxidants, folate and vitamin C.
Okra is a flowering plant and its fruit is extremely useful in preventing and rectifying several health complications.
Here are some health benefits okra can provide.
- Protect Your Liver With Okra
Okra has very potent antioxidant properties that is essential in protecting you against liver disease and this is according to a study that was published by the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal in 2011.
- It Can Help The Health Of Your Kidneys
It is believed that those people that consume okra had remarkable improvement in rectifying kidney disease and nephropathy; according to a 2095 study that was published in the Jilin Medical Journal.
The research consisted of two groups of participants. One group was treated with a traditional medical procedure and the other group with okra. The duration of the treatment was six months and the findings showed that for the group treated with traditional medications there were no significant changes, whereas the group treated with okra had a significant decrease in uric protein and uric acid.
- It Is Useful in Combating Depression
Okra has very potent levels of flavonoid and phenol which are very useful in combating anxiety and depression. Okra extracts are also believed to help alter moods by changing it from a state of sadness and great depression to a state of happiness and relaxation, this is according to a study by the Mazandaran University of Medical Science.
- It Helps In Combating Cancer
Okra is now known to have a compound known as Abelmoschus esculentus (AEL) which is a lectin protein that is known to bind to cell membranes and can help in destroying cancerous cells in the breast. However, further research is still under way.
- Okra Can Help You Fight Diabetes
It is now known that okra extracts will significantly reduce blood sugar levels and this was discovered in a study on lab mice that was published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences.
Source: Healthy Food Headlines