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Health Benefits of Okra

Okra
Okra

By Gerry Cornejo

Health Benefits of Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

Okra has vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Improves Digestion
Perhaps, the best part of adding okra to your diet is the significant increase it can have on your total fiber intake. Mucilaginous fiber found in okra can help move food through your digestive tract by adding bulk. This means that bowel movements are more regular and there is a reduction in gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, cramping, constipation, and excess gas. Oddly, it also helps prevent diarrhea, because it adds bulk to watery stools. Further, its fiber content can help to clear out excess cholesterol in the body and controls the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the body.

Lowers Blood Pressure
Okra is a good source of both vitamins and minerals, including potassium, which is an essential aspect of human health. Potassium is necessary to maintain proper fluid balance in the body because it balances sodium. Furthermore, potassium helps to relax the blood vessels and arteries, which therefore reduces blood pressure and lessens the strain on the cardiovascular system. This means that clotting and atherosclerosis will be greatly reduced.

Improves Vision
Okra contains a very high content of vitamin A, as well as antioxidant components like beta carotenes, xanthein, and lutein. Antioxidants are powerful compounds that destroy or neutralize free radicals, which are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism. Free radicals are responsible for cell degradation in the body, including those responsible for vision. With high levels of okra in your diet, you can protect your eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts.

Skin Care
Vitamin A antioxidants are also able to protect skin health, by promoting quicker healing, reducing the appearance of scars and acne, and eliminating wrinkles. This is because the antioxidants are able to neutralize the free radicals which may have damaged those skin cells.

Boosts Immunity
The various antioxidant components of okra make it very beneficial to fight off free radicals, but the high vitamin Ccontent also means that the body’s immunity is boosted. This vitamin can stimulate the immune system to create white blood cells, which can combat the other foreign pathogens and materials in the body that can weaken the immune system.

Caution: Avoid intake if suffering from kidney stone and gallstone.

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World Trivia

The largest city in the world – based on surface area, is Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia (China) which is 263 953 km sq (102 000 sq mi).

Though Mt. Everest lays claim to the highest altitude, due to the bulge of the Earth at the equator, Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the closest to the moon.

France, Italy and Chile have formally recognized the existence of UFOs.

The island of Saipan is a commonwealth of which country?
(China, New Zealand, USA) Answer: USA

What was the name of the passenger train service created in 1883 that connected Paris and Constantinople? The Orient Express

Suriname is a country located on which continent?
(South America? Asia? Europe?) Answer: Asia

The avocado is a tree that is thought to have originated in what country?
(Brazil? Spain? Mexico?) Answer: Mexico

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Pinoy Humor: Pinoy business names

Starducks: Balut wholesaler in Sto. Tomas, Batangas

Blow Jab: A boxing gym

Susan’s Roses: flower shop

Eat My Balls: a fishball cart in the Makati area

Wash Your Problem: a laundry shop

Foodever 21: a neighborhood eatery

John Lemon: a lemonade stand

Pakopya ni Edgar: photo-copy store

Sylvester’s Salon: a beauty salon

Brew Ha- coffee shop

Hari Pata: a crispy pata stall in Pasig and Cavite

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Ang tunay na kabanalan ay ang pagkakawang-gawa, ang pag-ibig sa kapwa at ang isukat ang bawat kilos, gawa’t pangungusap sa talagang katuwiran.
(Genuine virtue consists of being charitable, loving one’s fellow men and being judicious in behavior, speech and deed.)
— Emilio Jacinto

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