Well-known and “lady’s fingers” and “gumbo”, okra is a green flowering plant that is very healthy and useful. It is in the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton and under the term “okra” people most commonly refer to the seedpods of the plant.
This plant can be found in the North-East Africa and people eat during the whole year. You can boil it, pickle it, fry or sew it and it will still be edible and nice.
It contains 21 milligrams of vitamin C, magnesium of approximately 60 milligrams, 80 micrograms of foliate, 2 grams of protein, 7.6 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of dietary fiber. What is amazing is that there is no calories at all in this fruit and just a little bit of fat.
Okra will make your immunity stronger, lower your cholesterol, treat kidney issues and control diabetes.
This amazing fruit contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid and also calcium. It can help you with managing blood sugar in diabetes type 1 and 2, and also with gestational diabetes.
Even though medical research for diabetes management with okra are still pretty young, but one study proved that okra water improved the blood sugar levels of pregnant rats with gestational diabetes. Studies also have shown that roasted okra seeds have also a positive effect on decreasing blood sugar levels.
Recipe for Okra Water:
Find fresh okra and cut off the head and a part of the tail. Cut 2 to 3 slices of this fruit and put them in a glass filled with water. Leave it overnight and in the morning drink this beverage. It will help you with blood sugar levels.