Health Benefits of Okra

Health Benefits of Okra

July 30th, 2014 by Loretta Lanphier

Health Benefits of Okra

The health benefits of okra are many, but first let’s focus on the background of okra.

Okra is actually a member of the cotton and hibiscus family and is indigenous to regions around the Nile in North Africa as well as the Middle East. Okra was discovered about 3500 years ago in Ethiopia. Okra later made its way to North America through the slave trade and then to Europe, Asia and South and Central America. Okra is also known as “lady finger.”

Okra appears in the United States during the summer months but is available in the South most of the year. As many say, when you’re Southern, okra is always in season… and always fried.

One of the most important health benefits of okra is it’s high content of Folic acid. Thus eating okra is highly recommended for pregnant woman. Okra leaves are often cooked in a similar manner as the greens of beets or dandelions. The leaves can also be eaten raw in salads.

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Health Benefits of Okra

  • anti-oxidant properties
  • high in vitamin A
  • maintains healthy skin and mucous membranes
  • supports vision
  • protects from free radicals
  • rich in B-complex
  • helps with blood clotting
  • good source of vitamin K
  • good source of minerals
  • helps with acid reflux
  • stabilizes blood sugar
  • high in fiber
  • containing no saturated fats or cholesterol
  • helps in smooth intestinal peristalsis
  • may help improve mood
  • reduces risk of heart disease
  • prevents constipation
  • alleviates effects of diabetes
  • protects from certain cancers
  • good source of Folate
  • excellent source of vitamin C
  • feeds good bacteria in intestines

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Spicy Okra Chips with Mexican Seasoned Salt

Serves: 4-6 | use organic ingredients

Ingredients

2 lbs organic okra*, sliced length-wise
¼ cup Macadamia oil or coconut oil

Homemade Seasoned Salt

2 tablespoons Himalayan salt
¼ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon dried oregano
pinch serrano powder (*possible subs- red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Toss sliced okra with olive oil to coat well. Sprinkle with homemade seasoned salt; taste and add more salt as necessary.
Divide okra between 2 baking sheets. Roast for 10-12 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.

References

Heber, 2004 D. Heber Vegetables, fruits and phytoestogens in the prevention of diseases J Postgrad. Med., 50 (2004), pp. 145–149.

S.I. Alqasoumi ‘Okra’ Hibiscus esculentus L.: A study of its hepatoprotective activity.

V. Sabitha, S. Ramachandran, K. R. Naveen, and K. Panneerselvam J Pharm Bioallied Antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic potential of Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench. in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats Sci. 2011 Jul-Sep; 3(3): 397–402.doi:10.4103/0975-7406.84447.

Duvauchelle, Joshua (26 May 2011). “Okra Nutrition Information”. LiveStrong.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014.

Amin, Indah Mohd. “Nutritional Properties of Abelmoschus Esculentus as Remedy to Manage Diabetes Mellitus: A Literature Review”. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Malaysia. Retrieved 9 January 2014.

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2013 Oct.;17(19):2609-12

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.

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  • catbell7

    I love okra – even with stewed tomatoes — and I’ll even eat the top – and in coconut oil – but I skip the cornmeal batter – just a wee bit sprinkled into the pan and cook it until some of it turns black – I’ve even had leftovers for b-fast and often it will be all I’ll eat for a meal – picked up some already sliced at a farmer’s market – a 2 lb zippie for $2 bucks — yep the woman said she only uses her compost soil for her garden, chicken poo or fish emulsion – yahooooooooooooooo and talk about her huge peaches and I do not even like peaches but I bought six of them – froze some slices for ‘treats’

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