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Know the 7 secret health benefits of "Okra"

   Okra is a flowering plant known for its edible seed pods. Sometimes referred to as "lady's finger". Okra is a nutritious food with many health benefits.

Here are 7 nutrition and health benefits of okra:
1. Rich In Nutrients
         Okra is an excellent source of vitamin C and K1. Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that contributes to your overall immune function. While vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin that's known for its role in blood clotting. This is unique, as it provides protein, a nutrient that many other fruits and vegetables lack.

2. Contains Beneficial Antioxidants
         Okra is rich in antioxidants that may reduce your risk of serious diseases, prevent inflammation, and contribute to overall health. Most notably, it contains polyphenols that may contribute to heart and brain health.

3. May Lower Heart Disease Risk
         High cholesterol levels are associated with a greater risk of heart disease. Okra contains a thick gel-like substance called mucilage, which can bind to cholesterol during digestion, causing it to be excreted with stools rather than absorbed into your body.

4. May Have Anticancer Properties
         Okra contains a protein called lectin, which is being studied for its role in cancer prevention and treatment.

5. May Lower Blood Sugar
         Eating okra has been linked to blood sugar control. Yet some research suggests that it may interfere with common diabetes medications.

6. Beneficial For Pregnant Woman
         Eating okra may help pregnant women meet their daily folate needs. Folate is important for preventing neural tube defects.

7. Easy To Add To Your Diet
          Cooking okra can be simple. Add it to your grocery list to try a new ingredient with powerful health effects.

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