Locally, Okra is known as Bhindi (Hindi) or Lady’s Finger. I am sure, besides all the delicious recipes, you might have also heard that Okra can control blood sugar naturally. So, is it scientifically true? Let us explore!
How Does Okra Control Blood Sugar?
To avoid the suspense, let us just say that the magic is in the seeds of Okra. In Turkey, roasted Okra seeds have been used as a traditional medicine. It’s these seeds that have shown results in lowering blood sugar levels in studies done. Also, it is shown to prevent diabetes associated complications as it lowers HbA1c levels.
Okra, or rather the seeds of Okra are alpha- glucosidase in nature and the gum contains insoluble fiber. They inhibit the carbohydrate metabolizing enzyme and hence, prevent the release of sugar in the blood stream.
What’s The Best Way To Consume Okra Seeds?
You need to split the Okra in two and soak it in water overnight. Next morning, squeeze the gum (the mucilage in water) and seeds into water. Drink this water on an empty stomach early morning every day. You need to consume it this way because the researches done support intake in this form. It isn’t clear if the cooked form holds similar blood sugar control benefit.
One precaution you need to take here is that if you’re just going to have these Okra Seeds water without dietary control and lifestyle medications, it alone isn’t going to work miraculously in controlling blood sugar levels. It has to be coupled up with a complex carbohydrate rich diet with good fiber intake from salads and control on simple refined carbohydrate meals. And surely exercise as well!
Besides health benefits in lowering blood sugar, Okra is also rich in A and B Complex Vitamins, and helps in lowering lipid levels too.
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