Health Benefits of Okra
We know Omkar as Bhinda. It grows abundantly in warm climates like Africa and South Asia
Although technically a fruit, it is more commonly used as a vegetable
Okra is low in calories but packed with nutrients. Vitamin C in okra helps in healthy immune function. Okra is also rich in vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting in your body.
Some other health benefits of okra include:
Fight against cancer
Antioxidants are natural compounds that help your body fight molecules called free radicals that damage cells. Free radicals are best known for causing oxidative damage, which can eventually lead to cancer.
Okra contains antioxidants called polyphenols, including vitamins A and C. It also contains a protein called lectin that can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in humans. Studies using concentrated compounds of okra have shown that they inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells by up to 63%. More research is needed for definitive proof of okra’s cancer-preventing properties.
Control blood sugar
Various studies show that okra can help control blood sugar levels.
One cup of okra contains 15% of the daily value of folate, a nutrient useful for pregnant women. Folate helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects, which can affect the brain and spinal cord of a developing fetus.