so many wonderful vegetables we have and many of us don’t know their importance or so called benefits. So we are trying our level best to let you know the various importance of wide variety of vegetables.
Now its turn to know about common, Green vegetable- OKRA /LADY’sFINGURE or Bendakaya in Telugu.
Okra, also known as “lady finger”, is one of the popular nutritious vegetables of North-Eastern Africa origin. They usually gathered while the pods are green, tender, and at immature stage.
Botanically it is a perennial flowering plant belongs to the Malvaceae (mallows) family, and named scientifically as Abelmoschus esculentus. Those are called pods.
The pods are one of the rich sources of mucilage substance that help in smooth peristalsis of digested food through the gut and ease constipation condition.The pods are an also good source of many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.
Importance of Okra:
Prevents from Colon Cancer: It plays a great role in preventing from the colon cancer. It also reduces the risk of occurrence of other type of cancers in the body.
Lady’s Finger for Diabetes : Manages Blood Glucose Level: l
Its availability of high level dietary fibres makes it able to help diabetic people by managing the level of blood glucose as it delays the sugar absorption in the intestine.
Fights Diabetic Symptoms:
It contains a special substance called eugenol which helps in fighting with the diabetes and its complicated symptoms.
Lady’s Finger for Digestive System:
Promotes Healthy Functioning of Digestive System. Relieves Chronic Constipation.Regular consumption of it helps in getting relief from the chronic constipation problem as soluble fibres found in it have tendency to absorb water which makes stool soft and painless while passing.
Regularizes Bowel Movements :It improves digestion process by regularizing the bowel movements.
It is considered as the most cheaply found vegetable with best source of dietary fibres which is very essential for the healthy functioning of digestive system.
Promotes Growth of Beneficial Bacteria:It helps digestive system to function well by improving the number of beneficial bacteria in the intestine.
Prevents from Stomach Ulcer:Its mucilaginous content develops safety coat to the digestive tract thus protects from the stomach ulcer.
Prevents from being Overweight and Obese:Dietary fibres found in it play a great role in the weight management especially for the people who are overweight and obese.
Low Calorie Vegetable.It contains very low calorie and low sodium which are very much beneficial for the people tending to lose weight.Keeps Stomach Full.It makes stomach feel full for longer period of time thus helps in weight loss by reducing the frequency of eating habits.
For Heart Disease:Lowers Serum Cholesterol Level.It contains soluble dietary fibres which help in lowering the serum cholesterol level thus reduces the risk of various heart diseases.
Regulates Bile Production:Its high pectin level also helps in reducing the blood cholesterol level by regulating the bile production through intestines.
For Skin and Hair:Promotes Skin Health.As it contains good amount of iron and folates which enhances the production of haemoglobin which is very good for skin health.
Improves Blood Circulation:It enhances blood circulation to the whole body which provides glow, shine and natural pinkness to the skin.It enhances blood circulation to the scalp which speeds up hair growth and removes the problem of dandruff, dryness, hair loss and hair fall.
Prevents from Skin Problems:It prevents skin from the acne, black spots, psoriasis and other skin problems.
Provides Younger Look to the skin by preventing from the skin pigmentation and repairing damages caused due to sun rays.
During Pregnancy:Promotes Foetus Growth.High amount of folates availability in it provides healthy environment for the foetus growth and development during pregnancy. Promotes It improves the foetal brain development, proper neural tube formation and other developments during first trimester of the pregnancy.
Prevents from Anemia:It prevents pregnant women from the iron deficiency anaemia during pregnancy by managing haemoglobin level. It fulfills all the loss of vitamins and minerals if eaten regularly and helps women in getting pregnant or conceive a baby. It prevents from the miscarriage and foetal birth defects.
Lady’s Finger for Men :Improves Sexual Health.It helps in improving the sexual health among men if eaten regularly as it is the rich source of vitamins, antioxidants and zinc.Improves Body Stamina .It helps in treating the erectile problems and enhancing the sexual stamina among men by fulfilling the zinc deficiency.
Treats Impotence :Taking 1 tsf powder of lady’s finger root with a glass of milk in the night helps in treating impotence among men. Treats Male Infertility. Taking lady’s finger water (dip cut lady’s finger pieces in a glass of water for whole night) in the early morning regularly for one and half month provides help in treating male infertility. consult your doctor before use.
Maintains Female Sexual Health:It is also great vegetable maintaining female sexual health. It is beneficial for the women suffering from excessive bleedings during periods or endometriosis.
Provides Relief from Cystitis and Leucorrhoea:Dip some lady’s finger pieces in a glass of water for whole night and drink early morning with empty stomach provides relief from cystitis, leucorrhoea and etc.
Asthma:Antioxidants in Bhindi or Okra helps in fighting the tendencies of asthma or breathlessness. The vegetable also contains a lot of vitamin C and your asthmatic tendencies lower in frequencies and severity when you take this regularly.
Bone strength:Okra contains folate that helps in building bone density and gives you field to fight osteoporosis. The stronger bones give your body more agility.
Mental function improvement:The Vitamin B9 that is present in the Lady’sfinger helps your brain to function in a better way. Folate and B9 vitamin helps improve your mental strength and keeps away old age symptoms to set in mentally.
Other Health Benefits of Lady’s Finger:
Prevents from Iron Deficiency Anemia
Prevents from Unnecessary Blood Loss
Fights with Infections
Fights with Free Radicals
Prevents from Early Ageing
Provides Relief from Respiratory Problems
It helps in strengthening bones by increasing bone density and preventing from age related bone problems like osteoporosis, arthritis and etc.
Improves Memory Level
Research suggests that consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop immunity against infectious agents, reduce episodes of cold and cough and protect the body from harmful free radicals.
Selection and storage
Fresh and immature okra pods are readily available in the stores all around the year. The pods feature attractively rich green-color and have neutral flavor. In the store, look for crispy, immature pods and avoid those with over-ripen, sunken appearance, discolored spots, cuts and mushy.
Once at home, place them inside the refrigerator. Eat them while they are fresh to obtain full benefits of vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Preparation and serving methods
In general, some of the hybrid varieties of okra may have been subject to insecticide/pesticide sprays. Therefore, wash the pods thoroughly in the cold water in order to remove dust, soil and any residual insecticides.
You can cut them and fry in sufficient oil later add some salt and mirch for taste.
Or you can cut them vertically and add some stuff and alter keep in pan and add oil to make it more tasty.
Trim the top stem end using a paring knife. Some prefer trimming tip ends as well. Then, cut/slice the pod as desired.
Before following or trying any new food or tip try to consult your family doctor.Have a nice time.