If ladyfingers or okra is not a part of your diet, we will give you reasons why you should add it to your daily meal plan. It belongs to the family of hollyhock and hibiscus and requires warm temperatures to grow. The green pods reach a size of 7 inches in length and are harvested when tender.
It is widely used in Indian, Cajun, Caribbean, Middle East, Creole and Southeast Asian cuisines and is also known by the names Bhindi, gumbo and vanda kaya. There are many ways you can cook lady finger, usually it is fried or used for thickening the soups because it releases a gelatinous substance.
There are a large number of vital nutrients packed in this vegetable such as zinc, copper, protein, niacin, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, magnesium, thiamine, folate, calcium, manganese, vitamin A, K, B6 and C. Okra has the power to reduce the bad cholesterol levels, heal asthma and treat certain types of cancers. It provides protection against eye cataracts and is also beneficial for treating certain types of skin problems such as pimples and acne.
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To reap the maximum benefits, the vegetable should be consumed raw. Recent studies have proven some promising benefits of okra for diabetes.
Diabetes is a worldwide problem, the WHO calls diabetes an “emerging global epidemic”. In the year 2005, 1.1 million people died because of diabetes, the death toll is 80% higher in underdeveloped countries. If we consider the US, every year, 1.7 million people are diagnosed with this disease. So the question is how can we fight diabetes naturally?
Your answer lies in the raw lady finger or okra. Yes, just one raw lady finger can help you get rid of insulin and other medications you are using to regulate your blood sugar levels. All you need to do is cut a lady finger or okra from both ends, slit it from the middle in the lengthwise direction. Take a glass of water at room temperature and soak lady finger in it. Cover this water with a lid and keep the okra soaked in it overnight. Next day remove the okra from the water and consume this “okra water” first thing in the morning. Make it your daily ritual for 2 weeks and get your sugar levels checked after this time limit. Hopefully, you will find a drastic drop in your blood sugar levels.
There have been some researches in the past which show the benefits of okra for lowering the sugar levels in the blood. One such research was published in 2011 in the ISRN Pharmaceutics, where some rats with diabetes were given “okra water” through a feeding tube. Another control group was not given this solution. The results showed that the rats receiving the okra water had a reduction in their sugar levels. This happened because okra reduced their capacity of absorbing glucose.
Another research of the similar kind was published in the Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences, where powdered seeds and peel of okra were used to treat diabetic rats. After 4 weeks, there was a significant drop in the blood sugar levels of these rats.
The recipe we shared today is a part of Indian Ayurveda and has been tried and tested by many diabetic patients, each one of them has reaped fruitful benefits. Okra is beneficial for diabetes in three ways.
First, it scores very low on the Glycemic Index i.e. 20 GI so it is ideal for use in diabetes.
The most common problem encountered by the diabetic patients is that the high levels of sugar in the blood adversely affect the kidneys. However, okra can protect you from this problem by lowering the blood sugar levels.
Okra is rich in soluble fibers and it reduces the adverse effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar by slowing down the digestion process.
Keep in mind that when “okra solution” starts working for you, do not eat such foods that are not suitable for the diabetics. Also, follow a regime that is helpful for diabetes. The World Health Organization recommends that a well-balanced diet and regular exercise of moderate intensity can reduce the risk associated with diabetes.