Okra :Health Benefits of Okra /Okro / Lady’s fingers

Okra :Health Benefits of Okra /Okro / Lady'sfingers
Okra (image by npr.org)

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.

Okra :Health Benefits of Okra /Okro / Lady'sfingers
Okra (image by telegraph.co.uk)

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 (Obe ila)
Nigerian Okra Soup
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* 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 🙂 

Okra :Health Benefits of Okra /Okro / Lady'sfingers
Frozen and thawed Okra

by Nky Lily Lete


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  1. clement udoki
    November 13, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    O thank you for this information nw i knw dat okra cure many tinz…

  2. Anonymous
    December 12, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Hi sis.. Thanks for the information.. I cant wait to start eating it.. Special for immune booster..

  3. WilliamKing
    October 6, 2016 / 3:22 pm


  4. philomena ushiekpan
    September 27, 2016 / 9:14 am

    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?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 6, 2016 / 2:43 pm

      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.

  5. Unknown
    April 13, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    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.

  6. Evans Daniel
    January 25, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    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?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 6, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      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.

  7. Professor Antiabong Ekong
    September 11, 2015 / 5:20 am

    Taking Okro & bitter leaf is a wonderful experience.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 11, 2015 / 3:11 pm

      Yes it is.Thanks for stopping by prof 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    June 4, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Is oKro GuD for men,for Der sperm

  9. Anonymous
    April 14, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Hi I just read about Okro.where do I find this wonderful product?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2015 / 9:25 am

      It is sold in most African and Carribean stores.

  10. Anonymous
    February 23, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Nice one!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 23, 2015 / 6:31 pm


  11. Anonymous
    November 11, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    If you want your voice to be clear(sweet) then take raw Okra. Very active

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 11, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      wOw that's a great tip, thanks 🙂

  12. Omolara Ajiboye
    October 30, 2014 / 9:57 am

    Good i will be eating okra very well now, thanks for the information

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 31, 2014 / 3:57 pm

      You are so welcome dearie :)Okra is really a great vegetable.

    • Anonymous
      May 6, 2015 / 11:31 am

      thank u for the information,okra is great

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 11, 2015 / 11:09 am

      you're welcome 🙂

  13. Anonymous
    September 6, 2014 / 8:11 am

    can okro eaten raw and what is the benefit

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 10, 2014 / 9:38 am

      Yes it can be eaten raw and you get the same benefits as listed above.

  14. Pius Sampson
    November 26, 2013 / 1:13 pm

    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!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 26, 2013 / 3:05 pm

      Chai Oga Pius, that is serious orishirishi Okra soup… you know good soup my dear 🙂

  15. Nky Lily Lete
    August 31, 2013 / 10:18 am

    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 🙂

  16. Anonymous
    August 31, 2013 / 7:27 am

    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.