February 18


Health Benefits of Okra (and How to Consume It)

By Gabriela

February 18, 2021

Okra, also known as gumbo or lady’s fingers is a green flowering plant. It belongs to the same plant family as cotton and hibiscus. Okra as a term refers to its edible seed pods.

It is abundant in calcium, potassium, vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin B. Also, okra has a high content of dietary fiber, and it is low in calories. It is said that okra can aid manage glucose in gestational diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

There are different recipes online in which you can include okra. It is actually among the veggies which have underrated value regarding its health benefits.

The Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences published a 2011 study that says that its extracts might be turned into a phytomedicinal plant. This phytomedicinal plant can aid fight diabetes mellitus.

The 3 Benefits of Okra

1. Lowers Cholesterol

Healthline that usually, people with diabetes have unhealthy levels of cholesterol. According to one study made on rodents, okra might control cholesterol levels.

This is possible due to its content of antioxidants and high fiber.

2. High in Dietary Fiber

Okra is abundant in fiber. Eight pods of medium size contain 3 g of this nutrient. Fiber comes with many benefits such as the fact it gives that feeling of fullness for a longer period, helps with digestion, and cuts hunger cravings.

Foods which are abundant in fiber are vital in the diets of people with diabetes. This is like that because according to science this nutrient can help improve glycemic control and at the same time promote insulin sensitivity.

3. Anti-Stress

If you think that stress has nothing to do with diabetes, you are wrong. Stress has a big role in the progress of diabetes. The seed extracts of okra have antioxidants that might make anti-stress effects.

Bear in mind, that being under stress for a longer period can increase your blood sugar levels. That is why mental health is equally important when it comes to people with diabetes and their treatment plan.

Other Benefits of Okra

You should know that okra can also improve overall health. It might prove useful for treating diabetic nephropathy as the study claims.  Okra is abundant in calcium, which might boost teeth and bone health.

In addition, thanks to its high content of vitamin C it enhances the immune system.

How to Consume Okra

You can consume Okra raw, cook it or simply soak it in water and consume only the water. Also, you can eat it as a snack. You need to buy it small around a ¾ inch in diameter and around 4 inches long.

You can also make okra water. You need to take 2 to 4 pods, remove the slice of the sides, tips and puncture and soak okra overnight in around 8 ounces of water. After that, you need to take the pods and squeeze the goop into a cup and add water.

You should see this as medicine. Consume it at least once a day for one month.

Word of Caution

Before you make any changes to your treatment plan, such as including okra, make sure first to consult your doctor. According to one study, okra can block metformin and its absorption.

Metformin is a medication that is usually used to manage blood glucose levels. In case you are taking metformin, do not use okra. To stay on the safe side, consult your doctor.


It is crucial to understand that although okra is beneficial, it is not an insulin replacement. If your doctor agrees to take it, it is great to try it as a traditional treatment.

Always make sure to inform your doctor about any addition to your usual diabetes treatment plan.

Source Web MD | Health Line | NCBI | NCBI | Healthline


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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