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    Okra (Bhindi) is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients, nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins. Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy, decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colo-rectal cancer. Nearly 10% of the recommended levels of vitamin B6 and folic acid is also present in a half cup of cooked okra.

    • The superior fiber found in Okra helps to stabilize blood sugar as it curbs the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
    • Okras' mucilage not only binds cholesterol but bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver.
    • Many alternative health practitioners believe all disease begins in the colon.  The okra fiber, absorbing water and ensuring bulk in stools, helps prevent constipation.
    • Further contributing to the  health of the intestinal tract, Okra fiber (as well as flax and psyllium( ISABGUL)) has no equal among fibers for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics).
    • To retain most of Okras' nutrients and self-digesting enzymes, it should be cooked as little as possible, e.g. with low heat or lightly steamed. Some eat it raw. If properly done it is one of the most delicious vegetable.