Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is one of the oldest healthy ingredients, which was used in a big way back in the menus of many cuisines. However, on it is still shyly says, because most do not even know how does it look like, not what it tastes like, or what it can do. And the okra has been used in the diet for three and a half millennia.
Even Cleopatra knew about its outstanding impact on the smoothness and skin tightness. Because of its aphrodisiac properties, okra was the favorite dish to the kings.
This perennial plant of the family marshmallow grows up to a meter in height. There are fruit with oblong ribbed shape that are easily digestible, juicy, pleasant and slightly pungent in taste. For consumption use only young immature fruits, which when cooking decompose releasing a multitude of tiny seeds and are extremely rich in protein and fat.
To be able to be on the table throughout the year the young okra can be dried, strung on a thread. In addition to conserving drying, it can be frozen, marinated or milled.
Okra is rich in fiber, important for the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels, good digestion and stabilization of the blood sugar levels.
It also contains many minerals and vitamins, especially the B group, (mostly B1 and B2 and B6) which are important for maintaining a safe and healthy pregnancy. Producing folates, reduces risk of birth defects and helps the child grow and develop normally.
Vitamin C, also has the enviable quantities of preventing diabetes, and relieves symptoms if the disease is manifested. It is effective in the case of asthma and other respiratory problems. The vitamin C from okra also rejuvenates the skin, promotes the growth and regeneration of its tissues, thus improving the production of collagen.
It also contains polysaccharides which have a stimulating effect on the body and bloodstream, and thus, lead to better brain function, memory and cognitive abilities.
The okra also has plenty of antioxidants, one of which is particularly important is rutin because it contributes to the firmness of small blood vessels, as well as quercetin that keeps the airways, as it helps eliminate mucus.
Official studies have confirmed that regular consumption of okra reduces the risk of kidney disease, especially caused by diabetes. Since it is very rich in dietary fibers, improves the health of the colon, but also the whole digestive tract. Its important companion Vitamin A contributes to maintaining the health of the entire mucous membrane of these organs, as well as their normal functioning.
Face mask: You can make a remarkable face mask from okra. Cook a handful of vegetables (you can set the amount) in water until tender in full, then mash them and allow to cool and at the end apply it on your face. After five minutes, wash the face. The effect of its mask are visible immediately.