Okra - Beautiful, Healthy, Delicious

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Okra - Healthy & Beautiful

A cup of okra contains about 3 grams of fiber, which is more than the equivalent amount of cauliflower or brown rice. It's rich in vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants that help reduce the risk of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Though technically a fruit, it's used as vegetable in many dishes like gumbo.

Okra is a great source of:

  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B6

Health Benefits

Cancer Fighting Properties

Okra contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which help against free radicals in your body. Additionally, it also contains a protein called lectin which may inhibit cancer cell growth in humans. According to WebMD, concentrated compounds from okra showed signs of inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells by up to 63%. 

Great for the Heart and Brain

Not only do the polyphenols assist in battling cancer, it also decreases risk of heart problems and stroke by preventing blood clots. The antioxidants in okra may also benefit your brain by reducing brain inflammation.

Blood Sugar Control

Researchers believe okra may help prevent sugar from being absorbed during digestion. However, people with diabetes should be careful when consuming okra. Some studies say it can interfere with metformin, a medication often prescribed to Type 2 diabetic patients.