Biological Name: Hibiscus esculentus, Abelmoschus esculentus
Other Names: Kacang Bendi, qiu kui, Okra, okura, Okro, Quiabos, Ochro, Quiabo, Okoro, Gumbo, Quimgombo, Bamieh, Bamya, Quingumbo, Bamia, Ladies Fingers, Bendi, Gombo, Bhindi, Kopi Arab
History: Okra was first found in former Abyssinia (present Ethiopia), and was later distributed to the Caribbean, South America, North America, Africa, India, and Eastern Mediterranea. For the present moment, after its long-term glory in southern countries, okra is gaining popularity in the west.
Additional Info: Okra belongs to the family which unites hibiscus, Sharon rose, and hollycock. It can reach 5 feet in height on average, and usually grows in warm seasons. Its green pods are added to soups, stews, and can stock, used either boiled or fried. Its flowers are very much common to hibiscus and look nice. Cut okra excretes a clammy component, which is added to stews and soups.
Elements Applied: Green pods are the commonly applied elements in herbal medicine.
Active Components: Half a cup of prepared okra includes:
- Magnesium (46 mg)
- Potassium (256 mg)
- Iron (0.4 mg)
- Calcium (50.4 mg)
- Folic acid (36.5 micrograms)
- Vitamin C (13.04 mg)
- Vitamin A (460 IU)
- Carbohydrates (5.76 g)
- Protein (1.52 g)
- Dietary Fiber (2 g)
Used for: Sylvia Zook, a qualified nutritional specialist, states that okra can favor one’s body due to its properties:
1. Okra contains special fiber which takes sugar levels in blood under control, providing sugar quantity, acceptable for the bowels.
2. Mucilage, found in okra, is responsible for washing away toxic substances and bad cholesterol, which loads the liver.
3. Purgative properties okra possesses are beneficial for bowel purification. Due to okra fiber content, sufficient water levels in feces are ensured. Consequently, no discomfort and constipation bothers the patient. Wheat bran, applied for this purpose, can impose certain irritation on the bowels, while okra makes it smooth and all-convenient and safe for the user. Mucilage provides soft effect on the bowels. Stimlating bile movement, okra washes excess cholesterol and harmful substances from the body. This benefits the organism in general, as the toxins and bad cholesterol can induce various health conditions. Okra poses no threat to the organism, causes no addiction; it is completely safe and reliable. Moreover, it contains a bunch of useful nutrients and is cheaper than chemical alternatives.
4. Fiber okra contains is a valuable nutrient for intestine microorganisms. This ensures proper intestine functionality.
5. Okra ensures recovery from psychological and mental conditions, like anxiety, depression and general weakness.
6. Okra is an effective remedy for ulcers and joint healthiness. It is used to counteract the acids, due to its alkaline origin. It also guards the mucous membranes of the digestive system, by covering them with additional layer.
7. Okra is additionally applied for pulmonary inflammations, bowel irritations, and sore throat.
8. According to Indian researches, okra is a complex replacement for human blood plasma.
In order to keep the valuable substances safe, it’s necessary to cook okra as shortly as possible, processing it either with steam, or on low heat. Some people even prefer eating it non-prepared at all.
Special Cases of okra application: To regulate constipation and acid reflux, a man, who has been exposed to constipation for almost 20 years and had a recent experience of acid reflux, tried consuming 6 okra pieces daily. There was no chemical drug addition to his therapy. His sugar levels in blood became normal; additionally, his acid reflux and cholesterol cause no more problems.
Okra can be beneficial in treating asthma due to its high vitamin C content. The vitamin acts as a remedy for inflammations, due to which reason it can be applied for asthma. According to a preliminary research on children, suffering from asthma, there is much less stertor in those who consume fruits with high vitamin C concentration. Half a cup of processed okra contains more than 13 mg of this vitamin.
Okra can help one fight atherosclerosis. Fiber-rich diets, which are highly recommended to prevent cholesterol accumulation in the vessels and heart condition development, can be aided by okra to reduce the chance of strokes and heart attacks.
Fiber okra contains is also a valuable component with regard to cancer treatment and prevention, especially when it comes to bowel cancer.
To strengthen the vessel walls, one should consume meals rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, which okra contains in high quantities.
To prevent cataract and make their treatment easier, one should consume meals rich in vitamin A or beta-carotene, also included in okra. Half a cup of processed okra includes vitamin A in a quantity of 460 IU.
Okra is highly popular for stimulating the nervous system, thus, being an aid in depressions, anxiety, and weakness.
Safety: There are no reports concerning this plant’s side effects. It’s completely safe and applied on a large scale.