Bhubaneswar: Lady Finger or Okra has been an inseparable part of the Indian cuisine. Called ‘Bhindi’ in Hindi, this green vegetable is rich in fibre and contains a lot of essential nutrients.
Ladyfinger is a commonly found vegetable which is eaten across all over the world. A native of Africa, this pod vegetable belongs to the mallow family and is cultivated in warm and temperate climates.
It contains many vitamins and minerals, which are essential for the body.
Benefits Of Eating Lady Finger/ Bhindi:
- Improves Immunity :
Lady finger or Bhindi contains Vitamin C which helps in improving immunity.
- Prevention Of Heart Ailments:
Lady finger contains soluble fiber pectin which helps in lowering bad cholesterol as well as prevents atherosclerosis. It also helps in the elimination of deposited cholesterol and clots.
Improves eyesight :
The Vitamin A and beta carotene present in lady finger are helpful in improving eyesight.
The low-calorie content of Bhindi makes it a suitable food for weight loss. Lady finger also has high fiber levels which help in keeping you full for longer.
People suffering from constipation benefit from regular consumption of lady finger. The fiber content of lady finger promotes digestion and regularization of bowels. Pectin swells up in the intestine and helps in easier elimination of waste from the intestine.
Treatment of dandruff and lice:
Okra is used as a home remedy for dandruff and lice. Cut okra horizontally and boil it in water. Add lemon to the water and use it for rinsing hair to get rid of lice and dandruff.
Treatment Of Anaemia:
Ladyfinger contains iron and folate and Vitamin K which help in the treatment of anaemia by promoting the level of haemoglobin in the body.
Controls Blood Sugar:
This benefit of lady finger (Bhindi) may be attributed to its fiber content. Eugenol a type of fibre, helps in slowing down digestion and absorption of sugar from the bloodstream. Hence it helps in avoiding sugar spikes after the meal and stabilizes the blood sugar levels.