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Dr.Gaurang J.


Benefit of Eating Okra (Lady's Finger) * (Indian BHINDI)...

Director,Atharva Ayurveda Hospital,President,International Psoriasis Foundation,Director-Green Tree Botanicals Pvt.Ltd.

*A guy has been suffering from constipation for the past 20 years and
recently from acid reflux. He didn't realize that the treatment could be so simple -- OKRA! (or Lady's Finger). He started eating okra within the last 2 months and since then have never taken medication again. All he did was consume 6 pieces of OKRA everyday.

He's now regular and his blood sugar has dropped from 135 to 98, with his cholesterol and acid reflux also under control. Here are some facts on okra (from the research of Ms. Sylvia Zook, PH.D nutrition), University of Illinois. *

*"Okra is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients, nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins. Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease.

The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy, decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colo-rectal cancer. *

*Nearly 10% of the recommended levels of vitamin B6 and folic acid is also present in a half cup of cooked okra. Okra is a rich source of many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin B6 and folic acid.

He got the following numbers from the University of Illinois Extension Okra Page Please check there for more details.

Okra Nutrition (half-cup cooked okra)
* Calories = 25
* = 1.5 grams
* CarbDietary Fiber = 2 grams
* Protein ohydrates = 5.8 grams
* Vitamin A = 460 IU
* Vitamin C = 13 mg
* Folic acid = 36.5 micrograms
* m = 50 mg
* Iron = 0.4 mg
* Potassium = 256Calciu mg
* Magnesium = 46 mg *

*These numbers should be used as a guideline only, and if you are on a medically-restricted diet please consult your physician and/or dietician.

Ms Sylvia W. Zook, Ph.D. (nutritionist) has very kindly provided the following thought-provoking comments on the many benefits of this versatile vegetable.

They are well worth reading

1. The superior fiber found in okra helps to stabilize blood sugar as it
curbs the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.

2. Okra's mucilage not only binds cholesterol but bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver. But it doesn't stop there... *
3. Many alternative health practitioners believe all diseases begin in the colon. The okra fiber, absorbing water and ensuring bulk in stools, helps prevent constipation . Fiber in general is helpful for this but okra is one of the best, along with ground flax seed and psyllium. Unlike harsh wheat bran, which can irritate or injure the intestinal tract, okra's mucilage soothes , and okra facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic many people abhor.

In other words, this incredibly valuable vegetable not only binds excess cholesterol and toxins (in bile acids) which cause numerous health problems, if not evacuated, but also assures their easy passage from the body. The veggie is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming (except for the many who greatly enjoy eating it), has no adverse side effects, is full of nutrients, and is economically within reach of most.

4. Further contributing to the health of the intestinal tract, okra fiber(as
well as flax and psyllium) has no equal among fibers for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics).

5. To retain most of okra's nutrients and self-digesting enzymes, it should be cooked as little as possible, e.g. with low heat or lightly steamed. Some eat it raw.

Some important benefits of consuming okra: *

*Stabilises blood sugar level.
Lowers serum cholesterol level.
Prevents constipation.
Keeps intestinal tract healthy.
Feeds good bacteria residing in us all. *

Multi Speciality Ayurveda Hospital Cancer Research Center Panchkarma, Skin Care Hospital, Rajkot, India, Dr. Gaurang...

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  • Dr. Anil kumar S.

    Dr. Anil kumar

    Dr. Anil kumar S.

    Health & Wellness Consultant

    Dr Gaurang,nice to look into the article regarding Okra(Bhindi) helps mildly in controlling blood glucose level but not really agrees with the other benefits shown on the paper.Important aspect is in todays world every family has usages of bhindi and some of them already tried out swallowing raw bhindi or even soaked water, but not successful.I believe instead of popularising these article we people should think creating awareness within our society maintaining good nutritional daily intake system to avoid face complications.As Science of naturopathy described that having your body constipated avoid evening meals and gor for seasonal raw vegetable juices and salads only,person will be cured.Love to have discussion point enhanced on Psoriasis and other related issues.

  • Dr.Gaurang J.


    Dr.Gaurang J.

    Director,Atharva Ayurveda Hospital,President,International Psoriasis Foundation,Director-Green Tree Botanicals Pvt.Ltd.


    Thanks For your point Of Discussion,I do agree with you,but such types of Hypothesis are also important for awareness campaign,
    This Forum is Open for any issues related awareness campaign,feel free to raise such isuues in this forum...

  • Dr. Anil kumar S.

    Dr. Anil kumar

    Dr. Anil kumar S.

    Health & Wellness Consultant

    Thanks Dr Joshi, i simply wanted a note of your concentration only.Thanks & warm Regards.

  • Deepak S.


    Deepak S.

    Software Engineer at HSBC Global Technology India

    Dr Joshi and Dr Sharma.....nice to read the benefits of okra , .I had a doubt here....
    regarding Dr Sharma's comment ".Important aspect is in todays world every family has usages of bhindi and some of them already tried out swallowing raw bhindi or even soaked water, but not successful."
    why is like that , having so many benefits and this is not successful? notwithstanding we take tender and raw (4 to 5) okra everyday..

  • Sam F.


    Sam F.

    Founder at Beenefits, Inc. and Beauty & Spa Concepts, Inc.

    would that be RAW okra please ?