Diabetes is one of the disease difficult to cure. However, sufferers can control it and live a healthy life. Insulin injections are not the only way to control. Actually, there is a natural way that can be done to control blood sugar levels, that is by eating fruits okra.
Okra is a vegetable that is very healthy to eat vegetables even though this was not so popular in our country. Plants that have more than a century ago cultivated in Indonesia and commonly called this gig was even more popular in other countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, the countries of Europe, West Africa, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Japan. Even today exports to Japan amount is very large. In Japan, okra fruit known as the Okura are usually served with soy sauce and seasoning katsuobushi, or as tempura. In Malaysia, okra fruit is often cooked with tofu and named yong tau foo. In the countries of the Middle East, many Okra fruit cooked with meat. In the Caribbean islands and Haiti, are very common okra cooked with rice or corn. While in India and Pakistan, ordinary okra cooked into a curry.
In terms of physical and fleeting taste of okra fruit similar to squash, okra but only has a length of about 12 ~ 15 cm, and if the cut will look small seeds and fruit a little slimy.
In terms of nutrition, okra fruits high in fiber and vitamins so it is good for the health of the digestive tract. The fiber in okra can bind to cancer-causing carcinogens in the digestive tract.
In the okra fruit seeds are oils that contain unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid and linoleic acid. The fruit itself is quite high in protein and low in calories. In addition, the fruit of okra also includes green vegetables are rich in dietary fiber and glutathione can prevent constipation, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes (diabetes), and colon cancer.
Okra Fruit Benefits To Treat Diabetes
Besides delicious okra fruit enjoyed a meal of vegetables was also very efficacious as a medicine. Some research suggests that the fruit of okra can help stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics.
According to Ms. Sylvia Zook PhD, a nutrition expert from the University of Illinois, okra fruit has several benefits, one of which is very good for people with diabetes. Superior fiber found in okra fruit helps to stabilize blood sugar by limiting the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
Efficacy of okra fruit as lowering blood sugar is proven in research Uraku AJ together with colleagues in the Department of Biochemistry, Ebonyi State University, Nigeria. They utilize 60 albino rats and divided into several groups. The results showed that the okra fruit extract has hypoglycemic effects and may be used in the treatment of diabetes. And high blood glucose lowering results obtained in the group taking 800 mg of extract per kg of body weight, which is as much as 38.7 mg / dl.
Another study published by the “Journal of Pharmacy & Sciences Bioallied 2011” under the title “Anti-diabetic and anti-hyperlipidemic potential of Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench in streptozotocin-diabetic rats induces” suggest that the extract from the fruit of okra is a medicinal plant which can help against diabetes. Results from these studies is a significant decrease in blood glucose levels and lipid profiles levels with okra fruit extract on rats suffering from diabetes mellitus.
Meanwhile, in a study published in ISRN pharmacy in 2011, showed that okra fruit may help reduce the absorption of glucose, which in turn reduces blood sugar levels. The researchers noted that the okra fruit is a rich source of fiber and has been used traditionally to control diabetes. In addition, okra fruits have a low glycemic index, making it a good choice for diabetics.
Okra better raw than cooked okra. Actually, what makes okra fruit is very beneficial for people with diabetes? Green vegetables have a low GI food (Glycemic Index) with a GI value of 20. All people with diabetes are advised to eat low GI foods.
After a patient with type 2 diabetes, kidney conditions will be affected. Okra fruit can maintain kidney health to avoid the disease.
Lastly, okra fruit are foods with soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is very important for diabetics to digest carbohydrates. Okra is rich in soluble fiber which will slow down the digestion of carbohydrates and reduce the impact on blood sugar levels.