What is Okra?
Okra, also commonly known as Ladies‘ Fingers, is a green plant, that grows very well in a wide variety of warm climates, and it belongs to the same family as cotton and hibiscus. For people that are concerned with living healthy, okra has long been recommended as favored food, since it contains vitamin B and C, folic acid, calcium and potassium, it has a high dietary fiber content and is very low in calories.
Just recently, a brand new benefit of including okra in your diet has come to light; it has been recommended to help with managing blood sugar in the cases of type one, type two and gestational diabetes.
Benefits of Okra for Diabetic Patients
In the last years, indications of okra being blessed with properties that treat diabetes have increased with numerous studies (laboratory and animal). These studies have confirmed okra as a strong anti-diabetic food.
In one particular study, issued in the Journal of Pharmacy & BioAllied Sciences, the researchers established that diabetic rats, who were given powdered okra seeds and peel, managed to lower their blood sugar levels, as opposed to the other rats, without an okra diet, who had no change in their blood glucose levels.
There have also been reports coming from outside the research; many diabetic patients reported reducing blood glucose levels after consuming okra water on regular bases.
How to prepare Okra Water for treating diabetes?
Although, so far, there are no tangible evidence of using okra water for treating diabetic patients, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot try it yourself. There are still a lot of people who claim that drinking okra water can avert the development of type two diabetes, and it can help sustain healthy blood glucose levels.
The recipe for preparing okra water is a very simple step-by-step process:
- Thoroughly wash about five okra pods (medium-sized).
- Clip the ends off the pods and split them in half. Instead of splitting them, you can also simply pierce the sides of the pods.
- Put the pods in a larger mason jar and pour in the water, covering the pods completely.
- Leave them to soak overnight. People who tried this recommend to soak them for a minimum of eight hours and not longer than 24 hours.
- In the morning (or any time after at least eight hours), squash the pods into the water to make sure you get all the valuable sap out of them.
- You can now toss the pods away and have a large glass of okra water.
Because okra is beneficial from more than just one aspect, you can easily drink okra water every morning, without having to worry about any side effects that usually come with the majority of prescription pills.
Let’s have a quick look at a few other benefits that come from okra;
- It lowers cholesterol
- Prevents and improves constipation
- Enhances energy levels and symptoms of depression
- Reduces the risk of some forms of cancer
- Helps to treat irritable bowel, sore throat and lung inflammation
As you can see there are many benefits that come from this plant, so if you are a health-conscious type of person, an okra diet might help you more than you could imagine.