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Health benefits Of Lady Finger

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Published on March 7, 2014

Author: ayurleafherbal

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Ladyfinger also known as Okra is a vegetable which is elongated and slim in shape. It colour is green. It originated from North Africa. Okra is related to roselle, cotton and jute, which all belong to the Mallow family. It is grown for its green fruits, which are supposed to resemble the fingers of a lady.
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About Lady Finger Lady Finger has been a part of Indian diet since ages. Its rich fiber content mainly contributes to the benefits of lady finger. Nutrients in lady Finger are Dietary fiber ( 9 % ), folate , pyridoxine , thiamine, Vit C, Vit A, Vit K , copper, calcium , potassium , iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc and phosphorus.

Benefits of Lady Finger Weight Loss - The low calorie content of Okra ( 30 kcal / 100 gm) and its high fiber content makes it a suitable food for weight loss . It provides minimum cals and the fiber helps in keeping you full for longer.

2] Heart Diseases - Okra contains soluble fiber pectin. Pectin helps in lowering the Bad cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis by helping in elimination of deposited cholesterol and clots.

3] Controls blood sugar levels – This benefits of lady finger for diabetes is again attributed to its fiber. Eugenol a type of fiber, helps in slowing down the digestion and absorption of sugar from the blood stream. Hence it helps in avoiding sugar spikes after meal and stabilizes the blood sugar levels. Its fiber further more help in lowering the blood sugar level.

4] Improves Digestion – the fiber content of lady finger helps in better digestion, and regularization of bowels. pectin swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of the wastes from the intestine. People suffering from constipation benefit from regular consumption of lady finger.

5] Conception and Pregnancy – Lady finger is an absolutely important food for ladies who are willing to conceive. Okra contains folic acid / folate. folate does not only helps in conceiving but also helps in the development of fetus and prevention of miscarriage. folate helps in the formation of neural tube of the fetus.

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