Lady Finger (Okra) For Gastrointestinal Health

Our digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) and the solid organs – the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs (mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, and anus) (1).

How Does Lady Finger Help In Boosting Our Gastrointestinal Heath?

Lady finger is also referred to as okra. Though it is biologically classified as a fruit, lady finger is generally utilized like a vegetable in cooking. Many people love it for its delicious taste. It is packed with folate, vitamin A, C, E, and K, fibre, potassium, and antioxidants. Consumption of it can benefit our health in many ways.

Being a good source of fiber, lady fingers will not only improve digestion but will also keep us satiated for a long time thereby minimizing our food cravings. Dietary fiber can effectively clean out our gastrointestinal system, which easily becomes clogged with carbohydrates, cholesterol, fats, toxins, bacteria, and other harmful substances. With a clean intestinal tract, our colon can work at a higher rate of efficiency. Furthermore, fiber also improves bowel movement and helps with stomach problems including constipation, IBS, and even indigestion (2,3).

In a study, results suggest that a person who eats more fiber has a lesser chance of developing colorectal cancer (4). This type of cancer occurs when the cells that line the colon or the rectum become abnormal and grow out of control (5).

Mucilage, a thick, gel-like substance found in okra, binds with cholesterol during digestion so it is passed from the body. In a study, mice fed with a high-fat diet containing okra powder showed lower blood cholesterol levels (6).

Other Benefits Of Eating Lady Finger

  • May lower heart disease risk
  • It May have anti-cancer properties
  • May lower blood sugar levels
  • Beneficial for pregnant women
  • May reduce fatigue
  • May increase endurance levels
  • It May help reduce stress levels

Sources:

  1. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/digestiveasystem-how-it-works
  2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food-a/benefits-of-eating-okra/articleshow/70242019.cms
  3. https://www.naturalnews.com/033807_colon_health_lady_finger.html
  4. https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/102/9/614/893779
  5. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14501-colorectal-colon-cancer
  6. https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-okra#1

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