In Eastern medicine, okra has been used for centuries in the treatment of various diseases:
- treatment of digestive disorders,
- treatment of intestinal diseases,
- okra regulates the blood sugar level,
- okra mucilage binds cholesterol,
- okra helps in the development of intestinal flora,,
- okra helps the liver function, and restores strength to the body,
- okra helps to prevent the development of heart disease, etc.
The energy value of okra:
100 g of okra contains: only 36 calories, 2 g protein, 7.6 g carbohydrates, 0.1 g fat, 3.2 g fibre, sodium, magnesium, folic acid.
Okra is very rich in vitamin B6 and vitamins A and C.
Okra contains large amounts of fibre (soluble and insoluble). Soluble fibres reduce cholesterol and regulate blood sugar and, on the other hand, insoluble fibres help with digestive disorders. Thanks to magnesium, okra helps to prevent the development of heart disease and reduces blood pressure.
Studies state that okra prevents the formation of colon cancer.
In 2004, a group of scientists conducted a research on the efficiency of okra mucilage in the treatment of HELICOBACTER PYLORI, at: Hochschule Wädenswil, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Glycopharmacy Research Group, University of Applied Sciences, Box 335, Grüntal, CH-8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland. In the research, they proved that the consummation of okra products (drink and tincture) can successfully cure Helicobacter, as well as chronic gastritis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and similar gastric illnesses. Translation of the research: It is interesting to note that okra has aphrodisiac properties as well, and the most famous dish made of okra was thus named “BEY’S SOUP”.