Okra, otherwise called lady’s finger or Hibiscus esculentus, is a flowering plant normally grown for its stingy fruits. It is rich in folate, vitamin C, and antioxidants, making it one of the most medicinal vegetables.
This article explores some research findings that have revealed the amazing healing properties of this powerful vegetables.
THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF OKRA:
According to the findings of a 2005 study published in Jilin Medical Journey, okra is effective in the treatment of nephropathy or kidney disease. Two groups were involved in the study, where one group was treated with okra, and the other one treated with traditional medical therapy for half a year. The results showed a decrease in urine protein and uric acid in those individuals treated with okra, whereas there were no improvements in individuals treated with a traditional therapy.
A 2011 study published by Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal revealed that okra has the potential to protect against liver disease, thanks to its strong antioxidant properties.
According to the findings of a rat study, published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences, okra extracts can lower the blood sugar levels, which is highly beneficial in the fight against diabetes.
According to another study, a type of lectin called Abelmoschus esculentus (AEL) has been found to cause cell death in breast cancer cells, in vitro – 72% to be precise. However, these tests are still in preliminary stages.