Okra is an edible plant which is consumed by many people all over the world. Some people refer to it as a fruit, while it is sometimes referred to as a vegetable.
Whichever way we see it, there is need that we know the importance of eating okra. Okra can be used in making soup which is enjoyed with different swallows hence, the health benefits cannot be overemphasized here.
This article unfolds 3 health reasons why we should make okra soup part of our diet often.1. A compound known as polyphenol is an important antioxidant contained in okra. This compound helps the body to fight against free radicals which are capable of causing cancer growth in the body.
Since okra plant has this compound, it is only right that we consume it often to get all the nutrients in it. Cancer is a disease which has no permanent or specific cure.
The least we can do to avoid this malignant growth is by eating foods that are high in antioxidants, and okra is simply one of such foods. The link below has more to say:
2. Another health reason why we should always eat okra soup is because, it contains minerals and vitamins like vitamin C and A, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K and others which help to keep the immune system strong. These compounds also help the body to fight against diseases.3. The folate contained in okra is another reason why we should eat okra soup often especially pregnant women. The baby in the womb of a pregnant woman needs folate, which helps to reduce the risk of a disease known as neural tube defect.
This is a disease that affects the spine and brain of the baby. Women are advised to take note on this important point for the sake of their unborn child.
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