With the scientific name, Abelmoschus esculentus, but more commonly known as okra, bhindi or ladies finger. This flowering plant is a favorite ingredient in vegetable dishes from around the world, from South East Asia to the Indian Subcontinent and even in the Western Hemisphere.
But not everyone shares the love for okra, particularly children, disdaining the unique sensation it gives when it is inside the mouth.
But despite its subjective palatability, okras nutritional value is pretty much objective, with its high nutritional value being a well-established fact.
The highly divisive veggie contains essential minerals, vitamins, and organic compounds. Vitamin A, B, C, E, K to name a few but the list doesn’t end here, okra also contains calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc, and for those with constipation okra also contains high levels of fiber.
Okra can be consumed in many ways, it can be sautéed, deep fried or even steamed but one of the best ways to get all the nutrients is to soak it in water overnight and drinking the water in the morning, doing so will give you these amazing health benefits.
1. Digestive System
As mentioned earlier okra contains high levels of mucilaginous fiber, now what this does is add bulk to the food inside the digestive, therefore, helping move the food through it and this means you’ll be less susceptible to gastrointestinal problems like bloating, cramping, constipation and excess gas. The fiber also ensures regular bowel movement. The fiber in okra not only prevents constipation but also diarrhea as the fiber adds bulk to the watery stool. It also clears the digestive tract of excess fat.
2. Immune System
Okra contains Vitamin C which boosts and stimulates the bodies immune system and is also rich in antioxidants that fight off free radicals. Okra also decreases the risk of clotting and atherosclerosis in the heart, relaxes the blood vessels and arteries and keeps the proper fluid balance of the body with its high potassium content.
3. Vision Booster
As mentioned above okra also contains antioxidants that fight off free radicals, free radicals that are responsible for the degradation of the cells of the body including those responsible for vision, specifically macular degeneration and cataract. So consumption of these antioxidant-rich vegetables is best for our eyes, not to mention it also contains beta-carotene, xanthein, and lutein which are all needed by the eyes.
4. Skin Health
Okra also contains Vitamin A which reduces the risk of acne, eliminates wrinkles and promotes faster healing for lesser visible scars.