In 2011, a study was published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal outlining okra’s ability to protect against liver disease.
Okra was found to protect against chemically induced liver damage because of its antioxidant activities.
According to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences, okra extracts could protect the body against diabetes.
Rats with diabetes were given okra, and the researchers saw a decrease in their blood sugar levels and a normalization of their lipid profile levels.
Traditionally, okra has been used as an alternative treatment for diabetes.
Another study shows okra’s ability as a cancer fighter.
Researchers have discovered that a newly discovered lectin (a type of protein that can bind to cell membranes) in okra, Abelmoschus esculentus (AEL), actually induces cell death in human breast cancer cells, in vitro – 72 percent to be exact.
However, these tests are only in preliminary stages.
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