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Health Benefits of Okra

Okra is a versatile vegetable which is characterized by elongated and tapering ridged pods, green color and slimy texture if cut open. Okra was discovered around 3500 years ago in Ethiopia, although later it was transcended to North America via slave trade and Central and South America, Asia and Europe. It is known that early Egyptians loved the taste of okra. Okra has several health benefits.

Okra is rich in vitamin A, dietary fiber, zinc, calcium, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and thiamine. It is also a good source of amino acids, with the likes of cystine, tryptophan and also other sulfur amino acids. Following lines give the health benefits of okra and nutritional values of okra.

Health Benefits of Okra:

  • Okra helps in preventing diabetes.
  • This is a very good laxative because it aids in healing ulcers, treating irritable bowels as well as soothing the gastrointestinal tracts.
  • This is very beneficial for asthma and atherosclerosis.
  • This is good for sun stroke and summer heat treatment.
  • The fiber content present in okra has several beneficial qualities. These qualities assist in maintaining the health of gastrointestinal tract.
  • Okra is very beneficial for losing weight because it is a storehouse of several health benefits, only if it is cooked on low flame. This helps in retaining health benefits.
  • Okra helps in the propagation of probiotics. These are similar to bacteria which is proliferated by the yogurt in small intestine. Its also aids in bio synthesis of vitamin B complex.
  • The fiber and mucilage present in okra aids in maintaining sugar levels as well as regulates the absorption of sugars by the small intestine.

Nutritional Values of Okra:

Below is the list of nutrients present in 100 grams of okra:

  • Lutein Zeaxanthin – 516 mcg
  • Beta Carotene – 225 mcg
  • Phosphorus – 63 mg
  • Copper – 0.094 mg
  • Calcium – 81 mg
  • Manganese – 0.990 mg
  • Magnesium – 57 mg
  • Zinc – 0.6 mg
  • Selenium – 0.7 mcg
  • Iron – 0.8 mg
  • Potassium – 303 mg
  • Sodium – 8 mg
  • Vitamin K – 53 mcg
  • Vitamin E – 0.36 mg
  • Vitamin A – 375 IU
  • Vitamin C – 21.1 mg
  • Thiamine – 0.2 mg
  • Riboflavin – 0.06 mg
  • Pyridoxine – 0.215 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid – 0.245 mg
  • Niacin – 1 mg
  • Folates – 88 mcg
  • Total Fat – 0.1
  • Dietary Fiber – 9%
  • Protein – 2 g
  • Carbohydrates – 7.03 g
  • Energy – 1.5 %

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