This vegetable, reserved for the black slaves of the United States, is considered a food reserved for the poor. According to the regions, it is consumed in soup, sauce, salad etc. But without knowing the nutritional and medicinal virtues of which the welfare nature provided this vegetable of dark green color with firm skin and covered with a Silky duvet.It is one of the best therapeutic vegetables. After reading this article, we are certain that you will start using it in your diet.
What is okra?
It is grown in warm and tropical regions, it is a typical vegetable of the African diet. It is also found in southern Europe, India, the Middle East, the Caribbean and South America. Okra or okra, is eaten raw, cooked and sometimes in dehydrated form. Its particular flavor and texture, as well as the nutrients it contains, make it a well-known food.
Active ingredients and properties
According to several prospective and epidemiological studies, high consumption of fruits and vegetables would reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and other chronic diseases. The presence of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables could partly explain this protective effect.
Why should you add this vegetable to your diet?
Here are the medical benefits:
Lowers bad cholesterol: helps lower bad cholesterol and fights against atherosclerosis.
For pregnancy and development of the fetus: Promotes the development of the neural tube of the fetus. Okra is a source of vitamin B9 (folate). This vitamin participates in the manufacture of all the cells of the body, including red blood cells. It plays an essential role in the production of genetic material (DNA, RNA), in the functioning of the nervous system and the immune system, and in the healing of wounds and wounds. As it is necessary for the production of new cells, adequate consumption is essential during periods of growth and for the development of the fetus.
Detox: Okra (vitamin B2) is used to repair body tissues, fight psoriasis, eliminate pimples, and other skin diseases. Thanks to its sources of vitamin B2 known as riboflavin. Like vitamin B1, it plays a role in the energy metabolism of all cells. It also contributes to the growth and repair of tissues, the production of hormones and the formation of red blood cells.
Genital Disorders : Helps combat disorders like syphilis, extreme menstrual bleeding, leucorrhea, dysuria, and gonorrhea.
For Asthma: It can decrease the duration of asthma manifestations and prevent deadly attacks. The okra is rich in vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
It is a good source of fiber: helps regulate digestion, and improves intestinal transit through its filaments.
Source of protein: source of plant proteins of amino acids such as cystine, tryptophan.
Hair damaged: okra is an extraordinary hair conditioner, a weapon against dandruff and lice, a scalp cream, it adds sparkle to your hair.
Relieves constipation: the high fiber content of gumbo improves stool mass, and lubricates the intestines thanks to its purgative properties.
Probiotics: facilitates the propagation of probiotics and helps in the natural production of vitamins B2, B3, B6, B9.
Diabetes: regulates the rate of glucose.
Blood flow: helps build the structure of blood vessels. Raw and boiled gumbo are sources of vitamin B9 (folate). This vitamin participates in the manufacture of all the cells of the body, including red blood cells. Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine , is part of coenzymes that contribute to the metabolism of proteins and fatty acids as well as to the manufacture of neurotransmitters. It also helps in the production of red blood cells and allows them to carry more oxygen.
Anemia: Aids in the production of red blood cells.
Ulcers: helps to facilitate digestion, can also help to heal and relieve the pain of stomach ulcers.
And it has been discovered that this food, having a high concentration of vitamin “A”, is extremely beneficial to strengthen the heart muscle and thus increase the secretions of the sexual glands, whether in men or women. Perhaps a serious alternative to viagra, without adverse effects? Okra is used in the composition of various pharmaceutical products. Thus, this vegetable is used to make “Nafe paste” and “Nafe syrup”, two pharmaceutical products used as pectoral against colds and chest conditions.
Below is the list of nutrients present in 100 grams of okra:
Lutéine et zéaxanthine – 516 mcg
Bêta-carotène – 225 mcg
Phosphore – 63 mg
Cuivre – 0,094 mg
Calcium – 81 mg
Manganèse – 0,990 mg
Magnésium – 57 mg
Zinc – 0,6 mg
Sélénium – 0,7 mcg
Fer – 0,8 mg
Potassium – 303 mg
Sodium – 8 mg
La vitamine K – 53 mcg
Vitamine E – 0,36 mg
Vitamine A – 375 UI
Vitamine C – 21,1 mg
Thiamine – 0,2 mg ( vitamine B1)
Riboflavine – 0,06 mg ( vitamine B2 )
Pyridoxine – 0,215 mg ( vitamine B6 )
Acide pantothénique – 0,245 mg
Niacine – 1 mg (vitamine B3)
Folates – 88 mcc (vitamine B9)
Lipides – 0,1 g
Dietary Fiber – 9%
Protéines – 2 g
Glucides – 7,03 g
Énergie – 1,5%