- So called secret weapon
This vegetable is full with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber. One cup of raw okra has less than 40 calories and roughly three grams of fiber, two grams of protein and around eight grams of carbs. Its fat content is negligible. Okra also boasts between 50-100 milligrams of magnesium and folate. 20mg of vitamin C tops off an already impressive arsenal. Think about that the next time your salad is 90% iceberg lettuce!.
- Assails Asthma Symptoms
Asthma is very unpleasant condition. Try to breathe through only a thin straw all day and you’ll get an idea. Vitamin C is shown to be very good companion for relieving asthma. Regular intake of citrus greatly diminishes labored breathing, called wheezing — a standard asthma symptom. Citrus possesses vitamin C, and so does okra. Sufferers of moderate to intense asthmatic effects will want to eat okra regularly to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Zaps Bad Cholesterol
Okra is loaded with fiber that is easily soluble in water, that’s why is good for the cholesterol because it moves it away from the body. It brings up the good cholesterol while the bad one goes down. Okra is a cholesterol-free food with a negligible amount of naturally-occurring fat.
- Supercharges Immune Defenses
Loaded with vitamin C this vegetable is excellent choice to improving white blood cell count and that’s make it a good fighter with microbial infection, harmful bacteria, and viruses.
- Dials-down Diabetes
Diabetics need soluble fiber regularly to stabilize blood glucose. Okra was found in laboratory studies to reduce the speed of glucose absorption. The intended effect was reduced blood sugar, which is what everyone needs to watch.
- Assists Digestion
Here comes that fiber again, this time with another ally: magnesium, a mineral that is a known vasodilator — it widens, or dilates, blood vessels. Fiber is a required component of healthy digestion and waste elimination. Magnesium promotes circulation. Do the math!.
- Clobbers Kidney Disease
According to recent studies the okra reduces and normalizes the level of blood sugar and also shows that is good for preventing kidney diseases.
- Promotes Healthy Pregnancy
Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, along with folic acid and trace amounts of calcium and zinc can be found in okra, and because of this content it makes it good pregnancy food. Also helps in pregnancy-related constipation. Pregnant ladies please enjoy this vegetable as a side dish for your meal!