10 Health Benefits Of Okro (Abelmoschus Esculentus)

Here are the 10 health benefits of Okro as known as Okra or lady’s fingers.

Okra, Abelmoschus esculentus, known in some English-speaking countries as lady’s fingers, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It has edible green seed pods. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of West African, Ethiopian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian origins.

Scientific name: Abelmoschus esculentus
Family: Malvaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Malvales

Okra (also known as Okro, gumbo, bhindi or Lady’s fingers) is a versatile vegetable found around the world.
It is often use for making soups, stews and sauces, but can also be eating raw as a snack.
In Nigeria, it is used for the popular Okra soup and ogbono- okra mixed soup.

Okra is loaded with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber and is more than just a food; it is a also a medicine.

Here are some of the wonderful health benefits of Okra:

1. Okra helps in weight management and it’s good for people on a weight loss or fitness journey. This is because 100g of raw okra pods contains 30 calories and also has lots of dietary fibers that gives you a feeling of fullness.

2. Okra is great for pregnant women, because it contain folic acid which is needed for the formation of the neural tube of the fetus.

3. Okra is a good laxative ans aids bowel movement.

4. Okra is great for the skin and hair. Cut some okra pods and boil in little water until the juice mucilage begins to come out. Strain out and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply mixture to hair and wash off after 10 minutes. Your hair will feel stronger and have more glow to it.

5. Okra helps cure diabetes

6. Okra Promotes colon health

7. Okra boosts digestion

8. Okra relieves cough

9. Okra Improves eyesight(vision)

10. Okra Helps to cure and prevent Constipation.


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