In this article, we are going to introduce you to an amazing plant considered to be one of the most nutritious vegetables of North-East African origin.
Okra, also known as ‘lady’s fingers’, bamia, gumbo, bhendi, or ochro is a truly beneficial flowering plant in the mallow family that originates from North-East Africa. It is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.
The okra pods are low in calories, just 30 calories per 100 g, and an excellent source of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. They are often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
Okra is considered to be very healthy due to its high vitamin C, fiber, and folate content. Moreover, it is also very high in antioxidants and a good source of potassium and calcium.
It is a good source of vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants such as beta-carotene, xanthin and lutein. These compounds provide an excellent protection from lung and oral cavity cancers and are necessary for good vision, healthy mucus membranes and healthy skin.
The okra pods are also a great source of vitamin C, providing about 36% of the daily-recommended levels.
This plant is highly nutritious containing 30 calories, 21 milligrams of vitamin C, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 7.6 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, 0.1 grams of fat, 80 micrograms of folate, and 60 milligrams of magnesium. What’s also great about it is the fact that it can be consumed throughout the whole year in various ways – fried, stewed or boiled.
Here are some of okra’s health benefits:
- It strengthens immunity;
- It lowers the amount of glucose absorbed from food;
- It is suitable for diabetics;
- It lowers cholesterol levels;
- It prevents kidney diseases;
- It helps with asthma symptoms.
2 fresh okras
a glass of water
This is a very simple recipe. First, cut the heads and tails of the okras and put 2-3 pieces in a glass of fresh water. Let them steep overnight. The following morning, consume the whole glass of water, half an hour before you have your breakfast.
Remember to share the recipe for this incredibly healthy drink with all your friends and family!