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Okra (also known as Okro, gumbo, bhindi or Lady’s fingers) is a versatile vegetable found around the world.
It is often use for making soups, stews and sauces, but can also be eating raw as a snack.
In Nigeria, it is used for the popular Okra soup and ogbono- okra mixed soup.
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Okra is loaded with vitamins,minerals and dietary fiber and is more than just a food; it is a also a medicine. Here are some of the wonderful health benefits of Okra.
* Okra helps in weight management and it’s good for people on a weight loss or fitness journey. This is because 100g of raw okra pods contains 30 calories and also has lots of dietary fibers that gives you a feeling of fullness.
*Okra is great for pregnant women, because it contain folic acid which is needed for the formation of the neural tube of the fetus.
|Nigerian Okra Soup|
* Okra is a good laxative ans aids bowel movement.
* Okra is great for the skin and hair. Cut some okra pods and boil in little water until the juice mucilage begins to come out. Strain out and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply mixture to hair and wash off after 10 minutes. Your hair will feel stronger and have more glow to it.
* Okra helps cure diabetes
* Okra Promotes colon health
* Okra boosts digestion
* Okra relieves cough
* Okra Improves eyesight(vision)
* Okra Helps to cure and prevent Constipation
Aren’t these enough reasons to love Okra…well I think it is 🙂
|Frozen and thawed Okra|
by Nky Lily Lete
O thank you for this information nw i knw dat okra cure many tinz…
Hi sis.. Thanks for the information.. I cant wait to start eating it.. Special for immune booster..
I like okra soup so much, but i had to stop eating it cos sumone said is part of d reason i had miscarriage. How true is dat. Does soup cos miscarriage?
Hi Philomena, I truly don't know if that's the reason, but you can ask your doctor. I know fresh bitter leaf juice causes miscarriae in some women but I don't know about okra.
No I had a lots of okro and ogbono soup when I was pregnant with both of my children and they are both healthy boys.
Hello, I heard that it's not ideal for a pregnant woman to eat draw soup like Ogbono, is okro included or is it after birth that it is good to eaten, they say it might make the baby to be dropping saliva or something, pls can u clarify me?
Dear Evans, I don't think so. You know our people and their tales, but if you are uncomfortable about taking okro or ogbono soup while pregnant, you can always eat other healthy Nigerian soups such as vegetable soup and the likes.
Taking Okro & bitter leaf is a wonderful experience.
Yes it is.Thanks for stopping by prof 🙂
Is oKro GuD for men,for Der sperm
Hi I just read about Okro.where do I find this wonderful product?
It is sold in most African and Carribean stores.
If you want your voice to be clear(sweet) then take raw Okra. Very active
wOw that's a great tip, thanks 🙂
Good i will be eating okra very well now, thanks for the information
You are so welcome dearie :)Okra is really a great vegetable.
thank u for the information,okra is great
you're welcome 🙂
can okro eaten raw and what is the benefit
Yes it can be eaten raw and you get the same benefits as listed above.
Okra! I like it so much.But make sure you cook it with oziza leaf.Then dried fish,periwinkle,shaky and intestine,end of discussion!
Chai Oga Pius, that is serious orishirishi Okra soup… you know good soup my dear 🙂
Yes dear, you can use dry leaves, but you have to clean it well because they seem to contain traces of dirt(from dust), maybe because a lot of them are dried in open air. Thank you so much for you input..well appreciated 🙂
Thank you for the information on medicinal uses of bitter leaf and okra. I place 3 leaves of bitter leaves in about 200mls of boiling water leave to continue boiling for 5 minutes, cool for 10 minutes, then drink in divided doses about 65mls 3 times daily, drink at least 3 times per week, and feel and see the result.( frozen leaves) much better with fresh leaves which you can juice or blend with an apple.Can also use dried leaves. Blended and drink fresh okra, just wonderful.