It is grown in warm and tropical regions, it is a typical vegetable of the African diet. It is also found in southern Europe, India, the Middle East, the West Indies and South America. Okra or okra is eaten raw, cooked and sometimes dehydrated. Its particular flavor and texture, as well as the nutritive compounds it contains, make it a food that deserves to be known.
Active principles and properties
According to several prospective and epidemiological studies, high consumption of fruits and vegetables would reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and other chronic diseases. The presence of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables may, in part, explain this protective effect.
Lowers bad cholesterol: Helps lower bad cholesterol and fight against atherosclerosis.
For pregnancy and fetal development: Promotes the development of the neural tube of the fetus.Okra is a source of vitamin B9 (folate). This vitamin helps to make all the body’s cells, including red blood cells. It plays an essential role in the production of genetic material (DNA, RNA), in the functioning of the nervous system and the immune system, as well as in the healing of wounds and wounds. As it is necessary for the production of new cells, adequate consumption is essential during periods of growth and for the development of the fetus.
Detox: Okra (vitamin B2) is used to repair body tissues, fight psoriasis, eliminate pimples, and other skin diseases. Thanks to its sources of vitamin B2 that we know as riboflavin. Like vitamin B1, it plays a role in the energy metabolism of all cells. In addition, it contributes to the growth and repair of tissues, the production of hormones and the formation of red blood cells.
Genital Disorders: Helps fight disorders like syphilis, extreme menstrual bleeding, leucorrhea, dysuria, and gonorrhea.
For asthma: It can decrease the duration of manifestations of asthma and prevent deadly attacks. Okra is rich in vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Reduces the risk of colon cancer: Cleans the gastrointestinal tract thanks to its insoluble fiber, and decreases the risk of colon-rectum tumor.
Strengthens the immune system: okra is rich in vitamin C. Other essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese strengthen the immune system.
Pyridoxine is also necessary for the transformation of glycogen into glucose and it helps the proper functioning of the immune system.
Protein source : source of vegetable proteins of amino acids like cystine, tryptophan.
Damaged hair: okra is an extraordinary hair conditioner, a weapon against dandruff and lice, a cream for scalp, it adds shine to your hair.
Relieves constipation: the high fiber content of okra improves stool mass, and lubricates the intestines thanks to its purgative properties.
Probiotics: facilitates the spread of probiotics and helps the natural production of vitamins B2, B3, B6, B9.
Diabetes: regulates the glucose level.
Blood Flow: helps build the structure of blood vessels. Raw and boiled okra are sources of vitamin B9 (folate). This vitamin helps to make all the body’s cells, including red blood cells. Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine , is part of coenzymes that participate in the metabolism of proteins and fatty acids as well as in the production of neurotransmitters. It also helps the production of red blood cells and allows them to carry more oxygen.
Anemia: Helps to produce red blood cells in the blood.
Ulcers: helps ease digestion, can also help treat and relieve the pain of stomach ulcers.
And it has been discovered that this food, having a high concentration of vitamin “A”, is extremely beneficial for strengthening the heart muscle and thus increasing the secretions of the sex glands, whether in men or women. Maybe a serious alternative to viagra without the side effects? okra is used in various pharmaceutical products. Thus, the mucilage viscous substance similar to gelatin) of this vegetable is used to make “Nafé paste” and “Nafé syrup”, two pharmaceutical products used as a pectoral against colds and chest diseases.