Okra is a flowering plant that contains edible seeds. It grows best in warm climates and is often grown in Africa and South Asia.
It is rich in vitamins A and C, In addition to antioxidants that help reduce the risk of serious health diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Okra is also a good source of: (2)
One cup of boiled okra slices contains: (2)
- calories: 35
- Protein: 3 grams
- Fats: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Sugar: 4 g
Benefits of eating okra: (1) (2) (3)
- Okra is rich in antioxidants that are important for health and reduce the risk of many diseases. It prevents infections, The most prominent thing it contains is polyphenols, which support heart and brain health.
- High cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Okra contains a thick gelatinous substance called mucilage. Which can bind to cholesterol during the digestion process, Which leads to it being excreted with the stool instead of being absorbed into the body. Which reduces cholesterol levels
- Okra contains a type of protein called lectin. Which may prevent the growth of human cancer cells.
- Research suggests that eating okra or okra extract may help lower blood sugar levels
- Eating okra may help pregnant women meet their daily folic acid needs.
- In Asian medicine, People add okra extract to foods to protect against irritation and inflammatory stomach diseases.
Notes (1) (2) (3)
- Okra may interfere with metformin, a common diabetes medication. Therefore, it is not recommended to eat okra for those taking this medication
- Okra contains fructans, It is a type of carbohydrate. Fructans can cause diarrhea, gas, cramping, and bloating in people with existing bowel problems.
- Okra contains a high percentage of oxalate. The most common type of kidney stone is made up of calcium oxalate. Foods high in oxalate may increase such as okra and spinach, Increases the risk of kidney stones in people who have previously had them
- Okra contains solanine. It is a toxic compound that may cause joint pain, arthritis, and inflammation for a long time in some people. Potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, berries, and artichokes also contain solanine.
- Vitamin K helps blood clotting, The high vitamin K content in okra may affect those who use blood-thinning medications. Such as warfarin or Coumadin. Blood thinners help prevent blood clots from forming that can lead to a stroke or heart attack. So, People who use blood thinners or who have a risk of blood clots should maintain regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin K.
Prepared by: Dalal idris