Lady finger is known as bamia, bhindi or gumbo. It basically belongs to the mallow family. It is grown in subtropical, warm, and tropical regions. It is a fat-free, low-calorie, nutrient-dense addition to any of your diet. It is very important for our health. If you want to remain healthy, consume it.
Reduces Blood Sugar Levels
One of the health benefits of lady finger is that it reduces the blood sugar levels. Okra basically contains some insulin-like properties due to which it is able to reduce the blood sugar levels. Even it has a low glycemic index of about 20, which shows that it is a wonderful choice for people with diabetes. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Pharmacy & Bio Allied Sciences confirmed the anti-hyper lipidemic
anti diabetic and potential of abelmoschus esculentus (okra) peel and seed powder in diabetic rats.
Another study published in the same year in ISRN Pharmaceutics found that okra helps reduce the absorption of glucose, which in turn lowers blood sugar levels.
How should you consume lady fingers?
You need to cut the ends of Okras off and then prick the using a fork. You can slit too, instead of picking the whole body of Okras, if you want.
Then soak them in water.
The next morning, remove all the okras and drink the water on an empty stomach.
You can do this on a daily basis to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
Therefore if you want to reduce the blood sugar levels, try consuming lady fingers.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
One of the other health benefits of Okra is that it helps in lowering down the cholesterol levels in our body. A 2014 study published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology revealed that the hypo lipidemic activity (lipid-lowering activity) of okra gives cholesterol-lowering benefits. Okra basically decreases the pancreatic cholesterol esterase activity and reduces the efficacy of cholesterol micellization while binding itself to bile acids that increases its excretion and delaying cholesterol absorption. Apart from that, it doesn’t contain any saturated fats and prevents heart diseases and also other diseases caused by cholesterol in the blood. Therefore, if you want to lower down your cholesterol levels, try to consume lady fingers.
One of the other health benefits of lady finger is that it treats leucorrhea. Even Folkloric practice proves that okra pods play a vital role in treating leucorrhea (a yellowish or whitish vaginal discharge between menstruations) it basically has a mucilaginous property that helps it remove mucous from our system, thereby reducing the vaginal discharge. It also boosts up the immune system.
How can you use lady finger to treat leucorrhoea?
You just need to follow these simple steps if you want to treat leucorrhoea:
You need to wash one cup of fresh okras and then cut them into tiny pieces.
Then you need to boil those two cups of water for more than 10 minutes unless the water is reduced by half.
Then you have to strain it and drink it three times a day.