By Herba Linch
My close friend, Toots, had problems with his blood sugar. He's diabetic. But one day he excitedly announced to us his recent find--okra could help normalize blood sugar levels dramatically. And he swore he was benefiting from it himself. He told us how--which I'll share with your later.
Okra can be seen everywhere. Both in the US and in Deeper Asia, it is called Okra. Some call it Ladies' Finger or Gumbo. It is said to have originated from Southeast Asia. Some say from Ethiopia or West Africa. Here in Deeper Asia, it is commonly seen in wet markets and some grocery stores. We love it grilled or mixed with other veggies in meat or fish soups. It's been traditionally seen as a good source of fibers, but that was before my friend discovered its medicinal use.
The okra treatment my friend discovered uses raw okra. Well, when cooked, okra can give us the following nutrition benefits: Protein, niacin, riboflavin, phosphorus, zinc, copper,potassium, Vitamins A, B6, C, and K, thiamine, magnesium, folate, calcium, and manganese.
In addition, some studies say it is proven to be helpful in normalizing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, healing asthma due to the special Vitamin C in it (which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory), removing atherosclerosis, and healing some cancers. If you're worried about eye cataracts or acne and pimples, try okra--eat lots of it.
But this still was not Toots' wonder discovery. He read somewhere that raw okra is more powerful than boiled or steamed okra. The secret was to get two fresh and nice looking okra pieces, wash thoroughly, nip both ends, pierce with a fork on two sides, and soak in clean water in a glass overnight.
That's it? That's it.
Well, of course, you drink the water with the okra sap in the morning, and you do that religiously everyday. And that's what Toots did after a month or so. Then he checked his blood sugar and it dramatically stayed on normal levels. Amazing. He's been sharing the good news to friends since.
Now, be careful not to fall into the trap. Most people who discover wonderful all-natural secrets like this abuse the blessing and make it a license to eat forbidden food. Just because the okra trick does wonders to your blood sugar, doesn't mean you can eat sweets and sugars all you want. All-natural plant or herbal treatments should be accompanied with a proper and disciplined diet.
And you should never tire doing it daily. Some folks, after getting good results, become carefree and eat forbidden food again and often forget about the okra ritual. Thus, the blood sugar acts up again, and they conclude that the remedy isn't quite effective after all. All roads to healing require constancy, patience, and discipline.
What If You're on Medication?
Folks ask, "What if I'm on medication for diabetes? Is the okra sap safe for me?" Well, okra is pure vegetable. It's not a synthetic medicine. Ask your doctor if eating okra is good for you. If it is, then I don't see how its sap can harm you in any way. If you like, ask your doc about the sap, too. My guess is, he's going to give you a silly grin. "A what?"
Overall, it's good to have okra regularly in your diet. I often eat it boiled or steamed. I mix it with other souped viands. I find it specially appetizing when eating fish or chicken.
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