Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The healing power of okra

Here's sharing some information I came across just now about the health benefits of okra (lady's fingers) - a type of vegetable. It grows in the tropics, though I think it is available for sale in temperate countries like Canada. It is beneficial especially for those with blood type A, B or O.

I googled about it and found supporting information about the health benefits of okra:
"3. Okra helps lubricate the large intestines due to its bulk laxative qualities. The okra fiber absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. This helps prevent and improve constipation. 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.
4.Okra fibre is excellent for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics). This contributes to the health of the intestinal tract."
http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-GC/m-1322061674/
"Okra is rich in fiber, nearly half of which is soluble fibre in the forms of gums and pectins. This type of fibre helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. The other half its fiber is the insoluble form that helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy, decreasing the risk of some types of cancer, especially colorectal cancer."
http://sillyfunnycrazy.blogspot.com/2007/12/benefit-of-eating-okra-ladys-finger.html#
"It helps to neutralize acids, being very alkaline, and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract. It can be utilized by people suffering from acid reflux."
http://elqalatawy.hubpages.com/hub/Acid-Reflux-Natural-Remedies-To-Try

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