Okra is widely consumed throughout the American South, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and South America. It is considered an essential crop in many countries due to its high nutritional value.
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Okra is high in Vitamin A and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, xanthin, and lutein, which serve to protect us from malignancies of the lungs and mouth. Okra contains folates, which aid to minimize the risk of neural tube abnormalities in newborns. Okra has a variety of health advantages, including improved digestion, vision, skin health, and bone strengthening. Okra is also good for your heart and cardiovascular system, as it helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It improves our immune system even more. However, according to medicalnewstoday.com, there are some people that may be harmed by eating too much okra which l will be discussing in this article below.
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1. People with Gastrointestinal problems.
According to Medical News Today, Okra includes fructans, a type of carbohydrate that can cause gastrointestinal issues. Fructans can cause diarrhea, gas, cramping, and bloating in people who already have digestive problems.
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2. People with Kidney stones.
Okra is high in oxalates, which can cause kidney stones. Calcium oxalate is the most frequent form of kidney stone. Foods high in oxalate, such as okra and spinach, may raise the risk of kidney stones in persons who have already had them.
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Okra contains solanine, a poisonous chemical that in some people can cause joint discomfort, arthritis, and long-term inflammation. Solanine can also be found in potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, blueberries, and artichokes.
4. People who use blood thinners.
Vitamin K aids blood clotting, and okra's high vitamin K concentration may interact with blood-thinning medications like warfarin or Coumadin. Blood thinners help to prevent blood clots from forming, which can lead to a stroke or heart attack. People who use blood thinners or are at risk of blood clots should eat vitamin-K-rich meals on a regular basis.
Okra, like other vegetables, is a healthy component to most people's diets. It's ideal to eat it in moderation and as part of a diversified, balanced diet, just like any other food or vitamin. However, certain people should see a doctor before eating okra because it can have negative consequences.
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