Okra (Lady Fingers) Health Benefits for Diabetes

Okra is a vegetable used in cooking in warm climates. Okra’s scientific name is Abelmoschus esculentus. It is used as a thickener in stews because of the gooey stuff in its seed pods. That same goop keeps many of us from eating it at all, but it may contain powerful medicine.

Okra is recently gaining popularity as a “Diabetes Cure“. But What is the science on okra? How can it help you?

Studies conducted by various institutes in different countries conclude that Okra contains a chemical called Myricetin. Myricetin can increase the ability to absorb glucose from muscles and hence reducing significant levels of sugar in the blood. These studies are conducted in rodents, not Humans.

However, Okra is a healthy vegetable; and there is no harm in trying this remedy to control diabetes. You can cook with okra, eat it raw, or soak it in water and drink the water. There are no studies on cooked okra, so I don’t know if it works as well as the other ways. Well, chewing raw okra is also an option, it tastes similar to cabbage.

Another popular method of using okra as Diabetes medicine is described below.

You will need:

  • Fresh okra – 3 to 5 pieces
  • Water – 200 ml (1 glass)

Simply, cut the head and tails of okra and place it sealable glass container. Pour clean drinking water over it and seal the container. Leave it as it is over night.

Next morning, drink this water before having breakfast. You can continue drinking this every day.