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One Vegetable To Treat Diabetes, Asthma And More!

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As kids, we were constantly advised by our parents to eat more vegetables. But, obviously, we never did that simply because we felt veggies were not as tasty as chips or chocolates.

When we grew up, we've now realised how nutritious vegetables can be, so we're making an effort every day to make veggies a part of our daily diets. This is true in most people's cases.

Vegetables and fruits contain numerous nutrients that are very essential to keep us healthy. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can improve our health to a great extent.

During the ancient times, people used extracts from vegetables to prepare remedies that could cure various disorders.

Even today, the medicinal system of Ayurveda uses extracts of different vegetables to help ease away symptoms of certain ailments.

Research studies put in millions of dollars every year to conduct studies on the health benefits of different vegetables.

Recently, it has been found that okra, more popularly known as the lady's finger, is one such vegetable that comes with numerous health benefits.

Read on to learn more about some of the lesser known health benefits of okra!


1. Can Prevent Diabetes

Okra has the ability to maintain the balance of your blood sugar levels, thereby preventing diabetes. It can also regulate insulin production and reduce the symptoms of diabetes in the affected people.


2. Good For Pregnancy

Okra is a vegetable that is packed with vitamins C and B, and also folate. These nutrients are essential for the mother to have a healthy pregnancy and are also needed for a better foetal growth.


3. Prevents Asthma

Lady's finger is rich in antioxidants and also comes with anti-inflammatory properties. These properties of okra can help prevent asthma and certain other respiratory disorders.


4. Is Good For Anaemia

Okra is rich in iron, folate, vitamins C and K, which are the key elements in improving the production of red blood cells and haemoglobin. So, okra is good for preventing anaemia.


5. Improves Skin

As lady's finger is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, two of the most essential nutrients required for a good skin tone, consuming this vegetable regularly can help you attain a radiant complexion.


6. Reduces Cholesterol

Okra is a vegetable that contains no fat, so it does not add to your body's fat content and also it helps reduce cholesterol by aiding your body to breakdown the fat cells with ease.


7. Relieves Constipation

As lady's finger is rich in fibre content, it can clear out your digestive tracts and allow you to pass stools with ease. It can also promote a healthy digestive system.

Read more about: health, diet, nutrition, diabetes
Story first published: Friday, May 13, 2016, 19:00 [IST]
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