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What Is Okra Good For?

Okra Benefits

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  • Okra is a warm-weather vegetable that’s been eaten and also used as a medicine in Africa, South America and the Middle East for hundreds of years
  • Traditional uses for okra over centuries, and some still in use, include pain relief, urinary problems, syphilis, lung inflammation and sore throat
  • High in fiber, okra also offers the bulk of the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin K, manganese, folate and vitamin C, as well as plentiful amounts of flavonoids and antioxidants
  • Researchers have reported that okra may help alleviate diabetes symptoms, in part due to its myricetin content, fight breast cancer, and impart mood improvement and work as a stand-in for Viagra

By Dr. Mercola

A vegetable many people associate with the Southern U.S., okra is more correctly identified as a warm-weather crop, so it's found in areas of Africa, where it may have originated, as well as South America and the Middle East.


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