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Okra / Ladies Finger / Bhindi
Started by: Jayashree at November 28 2006

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Okra / Ladies Finger / Bhindi By: Jayashree
Calcutta, India
  
November 28 2006

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A guy, suffering from constipation for the past 20 years and recently from acid reflux, didn't realise that the treatment could be so simple --- Okra! Some 2 months ago, he started eating 6 pieces of Okra and, since then, has not taken any other medication. Now, his blood sugar has dropped from 135 to 98 and his cholesterol and acid reflux are also under control.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. The guy got the following numbers from the University of IllinoisExtension Okra Page: Okra Nutrition (half-cup cooked okra)* Calories = 25* Dietary Fiber = 2 grams* Protein = 1.5 grams* Carbohydrates = 5.8 grams* Vita! min A = 460 IU* Vitamin C = 13 mg* Folic acid = 36.5 micrograms* Calcium = 50 mg* Iron = 0.4 mg* Potassium = 256 mg* Magnesium = 46 mgThese numbers should be used as a guideline only. If you are on a medically-restricted diet, you should consult your physician and/or dietician. Ms Sylvia W. Zook, Ph.D. (nutritionist) has very kindlyprovided the following thought-provoking comments on the many benefits of this versatile vegetable.

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 disease begins 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 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, itshould be cooked as little as possible, e.g. with low heat or lightly steamed. Some eat it raw too.

In Bengal, most poor people boil the okra with their rice and eat it with salt.
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Jayashree Kanoi

Re: Okra / Ladies Finger / Bhindi By: girilal
New Jersey USA
  
November 29 2006
Okra works like Aloe Vera. Both contain Silica but in the final cooking state to become Silicates and hence not much use as Silicea.

In USA natives Red Indians always used Okara as medicine then it travelled to all world. In USA it is also called Gamboli. Soup is made by boiling its cut pieces.

In Indian Sub-Continent, it is mostly cooked by frying or sauting with salt and spices and its sticky layer is killed so is not medicinal any more.

I personally like to make its tea. Cut its pieces and drop these in hot water and after some time water becomes thicker. Same way Aloe tea can be made.

Both Aloe Vera and Okara fresh herbal tea are sold in all over South American countries.

girilal

Re: Okra / Ladies Finger / Bhindi By: MAX VARMA
New Delhi and Vancouver
  
December 1 2006
Gr8 PW !!

There is only one religion....called mankind.
There is only one law....the law of Karma
There is only one God....He is everywhere and with everyone and knows everything.

Re: Okra / Ladies Finger / Bhindi By: Dr Hasmukh Shah
  
January 5 2007
Yes on my visit to USA I have tasted Gamboli Soup in New York City's delicatseen, it was OK and felt weird because we always fried okara but makes sense.

Then at home I tried its soup by just boiling it, it was great.

Re: Okra / Ladies Finger / Bhindi By: Joe De Livera
Sri Lanka
  
May 19 2013
I noticed that no one has recommended the use of Okra to help with reducing the Blood Sugar level of Diabetics.

I have prescribed it for the last few years to patients with my default remedy Arnica 6c in the Wet dose and many have reported that Okra has helped them to control their BS level.

A tender pod is cut into small 1 inch sections and left in a glass of water overnight which is consumed the morning after.

A quarter teaspoonful of Cinnamon powder brewed into a tea and taken twice daily also help as does the same dose of Turmeric brewed into a tea.

Re:Okra / Ladies Finger / Bhindi By: Pat2011
  
May 19 2013
okra is believed to be probiotic. The lack of friendly bacteria in the digestive system leads to a large variety of diseases and symptoms. We lose the bacteria with antibiotics that we not only take with prescriptions but what we take via cow's milk and beef that are loaded with antibiotics. Pollution and stress also destroys the friendly bacteria (probiotics) on contact. Without the friendly bacteria (probiotic), all the organs become moldy and will stop functioning properly and will also cause hormonal imbalance. The brain makes hormones that it uses to tell the other organs how to function. Without the friendly bacteria, the brain loses the ability to produce the proper hormones in order to tell the other organs how to function.

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