Okra for Diabetes - Control Blood Sugar Levels Naturally
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Note: Please consult with your health care provider before attempting to adjust your diet. Okra contains powerful anti-diabetic properties that may interact negatively with blood sugar lowering medications such as metformin. This video is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice.
What is Okra?
Okra, also called lady finger is a small pod vegetable with a taste similar to an eggplant. Each pod is around 3 to 4 inches in length. It’s a very unique food that has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years in Africa and South America.
You can generally buy okra from your local grocery store, however you may need to go to a health food store such as Whole Foods to find it.
Can Okra Reduce Blood Sugar?
Although the scientific research is still lacking on this subject, there have been many positive blood sugar lowering effects in rats and mice that were given okra. Many people feel that this vegetable gives them much more stable and controlled blood sugar levels.
What is Okra Water and What Does it Do?
One unique quality about okra is that it releases a unique slimy mucous substance called mucilage when it is cooked or submerged in water, similar to an aloe plant. Mucilage is very soothing to the digestive track, and helps your body break down foods much slower (which is beneficial for having stable blood sugar levels.)
Mucilage is thought to have powerful anti-diabetic effects. Okra water is a diabetes fighting drink created by chopping the ends of 4 to 5 okra pods and submerging them in a tall glass of water overnight (8 hours or up to 24 hours).
The remaining okra pods are removed from the glass, and resulting drink becomes thick with beneficial okra mucilage and is taken once per day, generally in the morning on an empty stomach 30 minutes before breakfast.
Have you experienced more controlled blood sugar levels by adding okra to your diet? Let me know below!