Health Benefits of Green Vegetable Okra

simplyoj By simplyoj, 7th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Including Okra in our diet provides many nutrients beneficial to health. A very affordable vegetable that many can afford.

Health Benefits of Green Vegetable Okra

Okra, a green edible pod vegetable is commonly dislike by children and some adults because of slippery taste in the mouth. Many had not realized that Okra is full in vitamins, minerals, and many health benefits needed by our body. Read below some valuable facts and nutritious benefits of Okra:

Also known as “lady finger, gumbo or gombo”. Scientifically named as Abelmoschus esculentus . This vegetable appears to be originated from West Africa.

Good remedies for stomach problems such as constipation and acid reflux. Okra is rich in dietary fiber and its mamucilaginous content in Okra pods is generally helpful for digestion which prevents constipation.

The soluble fiber found in Okra helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure which helps reduce the risk of heart disease.

Okra also helps stabilize the blood sugar which is good for diabetic people.

The fiber found is also good in the body’s probiotics or good bacteria.

Summary of nutrients that we can get from Okra


Carbohydrates
Protein
Dietary Fiber
Vitamins
Folates
Niacin
Pantothenic acid
Pyridoxine
Riboflavin
Thiamin
V itamin C
Vitamin A
Vitamin E
Vitamin K


Minerals


Sodium
Potassium
Calcium
Copper
Iron
Magnesium
Manganese
Phosphorus
Selenium
Zinc to-nutrients
Carotene-ß
Crypto-xanthin-ß
Lutein-zeaxanthin

Okra is a very affordable vegetable which can fit your budget. To get the most nutrient from Okra, cook Okra as little as possible or have it steamed in low heat. Some eat it as raw.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Bring on the Okra, Simplyoj! I love it, slimy appearance and all.

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author avatar avery sandiego
7th Jan 2012 (#)

I don't like Okra before because its slimy but then some says its really nutritious so I give it a break and I found out its good tasting.

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author avatar Buzz
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Good info, simplyoj. I love okra. In fact, here in my country, I like it mixed with "saluyot."

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jan 2012 (#)

I am a huge fan of okra. Great information on this lovely vegetable. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Ptrikha
15th Feb 2013 (#)

Great guide on the benefits of Okra. Do you eat it regularly?

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