Okra or lady finger is a vegetable which is elongated, slender and green in colour. It belongs to mallow family.Okra has various medicinal uses.
The health benefits and medicinal uses of lady finger are as follows
1.It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. It is also a store house of amino acids, proteins, folic acid and flavonoids .
2.It helps to stabilize blood sugar by reducing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from intestinal tract. It can be added in ayurveda diabetes diet.
3.The mucilage of lady finger helps to bind cholesterol and reduce its level in blood. It also helps to reduce toxin level in liver.
4.Okra reduces incidences of constipation by its bulk increasing qualities. It is the best ayurvedic remedy for constipation
5.Okra increases intestinal flora or friendly bacteria. Intestinal flora aids in synthesis of Vitamin B Complex.
6.Okra has a very good medicinal property of healing ulcers. It neutralizes acid and forms a protective coat in digestive tract.
7.The high beta carotene component in Okra or ladies finger lowers the risks of cataract.
8.The insoluble fibers keep the intestines healthy and reduce the risk of colon cancer. It also protects the heart.
9.This vegetable is considered as a remedy for spermatorrhea in men and leucorrhoea in women. It boosts sexual functions and acts as an herbal ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction.