Okra, or lady’s fingers, is a green flowering plant. Okra belongs to the same family of plants as hibiscus and cotton, but otherwise it is a tropical plant originating from northeastern Africa. Nowadays it is consumed almost all over the world, because it thrives in a variety of climatic conditions.
There are countless uses of okra both in cooking and for medicinal purposes, and mainly its fruits are used.
The fruit of okra are rich in vitamin C, magnesium, protein, carbohydrates and fiber, in short, a lot of important vitamins and minerals that support and strengthen the immune system. It also helps to lower cholesterol, regulates diabetes, prevents various problems with kidneys and reduces glucose. Therefore some suggest when it is necessary to control blood sugar in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in pregnancy it is best to do it using okra. There are few studies that support this claim. One study conducted in Turkey, showed that long-term use of roasted seeds of okra have positive effects in the treatment of diabetes.
How to prepare okra water?
For the preparation of okra water you need fresh picked okra fruits. Cut off the top and bottom. Then cut each fruit into 2 to 3 pieces, and place them in a glass of water, and leave them to soak overnight. When you wake up in the morning, you will have prepared fresh and healthy okra water. The taste of the water is slightly bitter. Drink one okra water glass a day.
Note that that if you are already taking medications for diabetes consult your doctor first before starting the okra water treatment, since okra may block the absorption of certain medications.