Okra is not a very popular vegetable. It is, however, very nutritious.
This slimy and hairy vegetable is full essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that the body needs. It's so nutritious that it can even fight against diabetes.
Reseachers are looking into the potential benefits of the plant.
According to a study in Taiwan published Planta Medica, okra contains a chemical called ‘myricetin’. Myricetin enables the muscles to absorb glucose which in turn lowers blood sugar.
ISRN Pharmaceutics, an online journal based in Egypt, published a study which suggests okra slows the release of glucose in the intestine.
A study in India published in the Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences found that okra can lower blood sugar.
Okra acts almost like a natural form of insulin.
Remember to always seek a doctor's advice for any health concerns - especially when diabetes is concerned.
One cup of uncooked okra contains the following nutrients:
30 calories (3 g of dietary fiber)
2 g of protein
7.6 g of carbohydrates
0.1 g of fat
21 mg of Vit. C
Around 88 micrograms of folate (a type of B-vitamin)
57 mg of magnesium
Steps on how you can make your own okra water:
1. Pierce each side of the okra pods with a knife.
2. Place the pods in a large mason jar, then cover them with water.
3. Soak the pods overnight for at least 8 hours (24 hours maximum).
4. In the morning, squeeze the pods into the water to release any leftover sap.