You know what they say— “prevention is better than the cure.”
Eating plenty of okras will increase your resistance against immune system deficiencies, strokes, heart and eye disease, and even skin aging.
This is because of its abundance in Vitamin C. Eight pods have 21.9 milligrams of Vitamin C, providing about 36% of your daily recommended levels.
How it works:
- The Vitamin C in okra stimulates the immune system into creating more white blood cells, also known as the soldier cells. These cells fend off unwanted, disease-carrying microorganisms and other foreign objects in the bloodstream.
- High LDL cholesterol levels increase your risk of having strokes, heart attacks, and arteriosclerosis (tightening of the arteries). Okras lower LDL cholesterol levels naturally with its soluble and insoluble fiber components, both of which can help lower LDL cholesterol levels.
- By creating and strengthening the collagen (a connective substance) found in the cornea, the Vitamin C in okras prevents the development of cataracts, vision loss, and other eye diseases.
- With its high Vitamin C content, okras are good for the skin as the antioxidant properties are responsible in maintaining skin elasticity and repairing and preventing tissue damage. Its role in creating collagen is also beneficial to the skin, as it reduces the appearance of scars, acne and wrinkles.