Okra (Hibiscus Esculentus) is a plant that began to be cultivated in the Nile river valley, in the time long before Christ, grown by the ancient peoples of the Middle East, from where it came to Western Europe and the USA. It’s believed that evan Cleopatra was using this plant, as face mask.
Okra is a healthy bean which is rich in fiber and fiber is important for maintaining healthy cholesterol level.
Okra contains various vitamins and minerals, especially B vitamins, such as folic acid, vitamin B1, B2, and especially vitamin B6 (an average okra serving contains 10% of the required daily needs of vitamin B6). Okra contains polysaccharides that improve blood flow and has stimulating influence. It is packed with antioxidants, especially epicatechin, catechin, rutin and quercetin. Routines provides hardness of small blood vessels. In 100 g. okra there is 2g. protein, 30 calories, 60 mg magnesium, 80mg. calcium, 3g. fiber etc.
Thanks to these substances, okra can reduce the absorption of sugars in the blood and is good for those who need to maintain normal levels of blood glucose. Due to the vast level pectins, okra helps to reduce cholesterol levels by 10% to 15%.
Besides the health benefits, okra is great for the preparation of various sauces and soups because it contains gelatine juice, who mix well with cooked dishes.
The outstanding okra and okra water provides numerous health benefits, including some of them:
-Helps in the treatment of diabetes,
-Helps lubricate the large intestine,
-Strengthens the immune system,
-Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory,
-Prevent kidney disease,
-Good for asthma (helps to breathe easier),
-Reduces glucose absorbed from food,
-Keeps skin smooth and clean and prevent pimples,
-Has anti-stress effect etc.
The following recipe, recipe for Okra water, which is very simple and easy to prepare, will bring you lot of healthy benefits mentioned above and will help you to Treat Diabetes, Asthma, Cholesterol, Kidney Diseases and much more.
Recipe for Okra Water:
You will need okra, 4-5 medium size, they must be fresh (preferably organic). Cut and throw away the edges, you don’t need them and chop on few smaller slices. Put the slices in a 2dcl water and let them to soaked overnight. The next morning, take out the slices, squeeze them in the same water, mix with spoon and drink the liquid. It is best to consume it half an hour before breakfast.