The Okra or Okro, popularly nicknamed the “lady’s finger” because of its slender look, is ingenious to tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions.
The plant is found in Ethiopia and some West African Countries; and is available all year round.
The whole vegetable is completely edible with a green colored exterior and a slimy interior. One of the reasons why it is widely loved and eaten is because of its nutritional values as popularly said, “you are what you eat”. Below are the nutritional values of Okra:
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1. Low Calorie
The Okra is one of the fruits recommended for weight loss and cholesterol control programs owing to the fact that it has minimal calories; contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.
2. Eases Digestion
In a very rich amount okra contains dietary fiber which helps in digestion and eases constipation conditions.
3. Improves Vision
With nutrients like vitamin A, and a high level of anti-oxidants- beta-carotene, xanthin and lutein, okra helps to improve situations of impaired vision.
It contains Flavonoids that help in prevention from lung and oral cavity cancers; regulates the intestinal metabolisms and cleanses the tract, keeping it safe from ulcers and colon cancers, contains vitamin A which is also good for a healthy skin and serves as a natural laxative.
5. Fetal Formation
It contains Folates which help in the healthy formation of babies at the fetal stage.
6. Boosts Immunity
Okra is a good vitamin-C source- helps human body develop immunity against infectious agents, cold/cough and protects the body from harmful free radicals.
7. Blood Circulation
Okra vegetable helps in fostering a healthy blood circulation and is also good for anemic conditions- production of red blood cells. It also contains Vitamin K which is responsible for blood clotting.
Because of its antioxidant and Vitamin C properties, okra helps in the treatment of respiratory/asthma conditions. Okra leaves have anti inflammatory properties which suits the respiratory/ urinary/genital treatments.
9. Healthy Bones
It contains Calcium and Vitamin K which are responsible for building strong bones, thus help to prevent such health cases as Osteoporosis.
10. Body development
As a good protein source, the okra vegetable helps in body growth as well as in giving a healthy hair
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