Okra (Hibiscus Esculentus), also known as gumbo, lady’s fingers, kiabo and okro, is a plant of Ethiopian origin, although it is now grown and cultivated all over the world. The pod of the vegetable has a greenish color and tiny seeds which can be added to broths, stews and salads.
Thanks to its rich nutrient profile, okra has been used as a natural remedy for a variety of health problems in the past. People have been using the vegetable to lower high cholesterol, control diabetes, curb cravings and even destroy cancer cells.
Here are some of the health benefits of okra:
Curbs Your Cravings
Okra is rich in soluble fiber which will make you stay full for longer. By making you feel full for a longer period, okra will reduce your cravings and prevent weight gain.
Fatigue is a common problem around the world nowadays and is a common symptom of numerous ailments. Luckily, okra can help you fight it. The seeds contain antioxidants and polyphenols which can promote glycogen storage in the liver, which means more energy for your cells.
The okra seeds can reduce fasting glucose levels and control diabetes. They will do this by inhibiting a specific enzyme (alpha-glucosidase) that breaks down carbs and improving the insulin sensitivity of your cells. Okra has been used to treat and prevent diabetes for centuries and even science confirms it can indeed help in the treatment of this difficult condition.