Okra is also known in many English-speaking countries as ‘’ladies’ fingers’’ and ‘’gumbo.’’ It is a flowering plant in the mallow family, valued for its edible green seed pots. Okra belongs to the same family plant family as hibiscus and cotton. This tropical fruit is typical for the area of North-East Africa. People may consume it during the whole year. You can stew it , fry it, and even boil it. It’ s your choice.
This amazingly healthy fruit is consisted of 21 mg of vitamin C, 80 micrograms of foliate, magnesium of approximately 60 mg, 2 grams of protein, 7.6 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of dietary fiber. The best thing is that it has little fat and low calories.
Moreover, it enhances and improves the immune system, making it stronger. It is also able to bring down the bad cholesterol and glucose, it controls diabetes, and prevents different kidney issues. Okra is highly recommended for treating type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. It should be an inevitable part of your diet because is rich in potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium.
As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is rapidly growing, so experts are doubting whether this plant is that powerful remedy as a direct diabetes treatment. Nevertheless, the okra plant possesses numerous health benefits, proven to have positive influence on people’s health.
Take a look at the further explanation below to see whether this okra plant could fit in your diabetes treatment plan.
Research on Okra and Diabetes
Medical studies on okra and further research on this topic are still ongoing. We still don’t have an official announcement about its diabetes treatment, but what we do know is that as clarified in one study, okra water regulated the blood sugar levels of pregnant rats that had gestational diabetes. Roasted okra seeds on the other hand, have been used in Turkey for the same purpose and it turned out that they had positive effect on lowering blood sugar.
Here’s the recipe:
1. Pick one fresh okra and start with cutting off the head and the part of the tail.
2. Chop approximately 2 to 3 slices of the fruit.
3. Add them into a glass of water.
4. Let it stay like that overnight.
The next morning, after finishing your breakfast, drink this beverage. This recipe is known for its effect in maintaining the blood sugar levels normal.