Drink Okra Water to Treat Diabetes
Sarah was 7 when the doctor first diagnosed her with diabetes. She does not remember much, but she remembers asking if she would get better fast so that her mom would stop being so sad.
Eleven years down the line, she now knows better. However, this is still a question millions of people ask themselves when they are diagnosed with diabetes despite their age. Will I be cured?
The answer, unfortunately, is NO. Diabetes is not curable but it is manageable with treatment.
What exactly is diabetes?
Whenever you and I eat, the body converts the food into glucose. It can give us extra energy when doing a strenuous activity like running.
For the glucose to be turned into energy, it has to enter into the cells of the body. The cells will then use this energy to repair and maintain the body in addition to supporting everyday physical activities like walking and dancing.
However, for the cells to open up and receive the glucose, there has to be a key that opens them up. This key is known as insulin. In a situation where your body does not produce this key (insulin), or it does not produce enough, then you are said to have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce any insulin at all. The treatment is lifelong insulin injections.
In type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin, treatment involves a change in diet, exercises, medication and sometimes insulin injections.
What is Okra?
Okra is a vegetable that is sometimes known as a lady’s finger. Okra grows in tropical countries like the Americas, Caribbean, etc.
- Vitamins B&C
- Folic Acid
Okra also contains only 30 calories per 100g. This is a very low caloric content so it is very healthy. Okra also has dietary fiber.
How does Okra water help in treating diabetes?
1. Reducing blood sugar level
Research on the effect of okra on blood sugar level is ongoing. The Journal of Pharmacy and BioAllied Sciences published a journal in 2011 stating that okra was observed to reduce blood sugar level in rats.
Though there is yet a clinical trial that confirms similar results with humans, people across the world stand by okra water and its help in lowering the level of sugar in the blood.
The exact content in okra that helps regulate blood sugar level is yet to be determined. However, people with diabetes agree that drinking a cup of okra water every day goes a long way in helping them manage their blood sugar level.
2. Reduces Cholesterol in the body
People with diabetes tend to have a high level of cholesterol. Cholesterol exacerbates diabetes, so it is important to keep cholesterol levels in check. As stated earlier, okra contains a high fiber content. Foods with a high fiber content are known to reduce cholesterol.
How to prepare okra water:
- Take four fresh okra
- Cut off the edges
- Split the okra on the side
- Soak overnight in a glass of water
- Squeeze out the okra before removing them and drink the resulting water.
Proven or not, one cannot deny the benefits of okra water on diabetes. At the very least, every person with diabetes should give okra water a try and make their own judgement.