Okro(okra) is a flowering plant in the mallow family. Also known as gumbo, is a tall-growing, warm-season, annual vegetable from the same family as cotton and hibiscus. The immature pods are used for soups, canning and stews or boiled vegetable. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. Originating in Africa, the plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world. It is among the most heat- and drought-tolerant vegetable species in the world—but severe frost can damage the pods and will tolerate poor soils with heavy clay and intermittent moisture. Okro is also known as ladies’ fingers because of its shape, and is widely used in Indian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and southern US cookery.
Okro contains vitamins A and C and is a good source of iron and calcium,manganese and magnesium. It also contains starch, fat, ash, thiamine and riboflavin. The pods also contain good amounts of vitamin K,folates and dietary fibers.
The superior fiber found in okro helps to stabilize the blood sugar by curbing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
Okro helps lubricate the large intestines due to its bulk laxative qualities. The okro fiber absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. This helps prevent and improve constipation. Okro facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic. Okra binds excess cholesterol and toxins (in bile acids). These, if not evacuated, will cause numerous health problems.
Okra also assures easy passage out of waste from the body.
Okra fiber is excellent for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics). This contributes to the health of the intestinal tract.
Okro is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
Okro is used for healing ulcers and to keep joints limber. It helps to neutralize acids, being very alkaline, and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.
Okro treats lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Okro has been used successfully in experimental blood plasma replacements.
Okro is good for constipation.
Okro is good in normalizing the blood sugar and cholesterol level.
Okro is good for asthma. Okra’s vitamin C is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which curtail the development of asthma symptoms.
Okro is good for atherosclerosis.
Okro is believed to protect some forms of cancer expansion, especially colorectal cancer.
Okro is good for preventing diabetes.
Okro protects you from pimples and maintains smooth and beautiful skin.
Okro is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming, has no adverse side effects and is full of nutrients.