Does Okra water/juice help with diabetes?

A few months ago I came across this article about okra water helping with diabetes.  I had tried it off and on but have now made more of a concentrated effort to be consistent.  It is a little difficult to get used to due to the sliminess of it, but I have diluted it with more water and it is not that bad.  We also learned that keeping it out overnight instead of refrigerating also cuts down on the sliminess.  Diabetes runs in my family, so this is valuable information.

 

STORY: 

Lady Finger for Diabetes
Please note that another name for Lady Finger is “OKRA “.

Take two pieces of Lady Finger and remove/cut both ends of each Piece. Also put a small cut in the middle and put these two pieces in glass of water. Cover the glass and keep it at room temperature during night. Early morning, before breakfast simply remove two pieces of lady Finger from the glass and drink that water.
Keep doing it on daily basis. Within two weeks, you will see remarkable results in reduction of your SUGAR. My sister has got rid of her diabetes. She was on Insulin for a few years, but after taking the lady fingers every morning for a few months, she has stopped Insulin but continues to take the lady fingers every day. But she chops the lady fingers into fine pieces in the night, adds the water and drinks it all up the next morning.

Please. try it as it will not do you any harm even if it does not do much good to you, but U have to keep taking it for a few months before U see results, as most cases might be chronic.

Review from snopes.com

HOAX OR FACT:

Fact.

ANALYSIS:

The message claims that drinking a glass of Lady finger (Okra) juice early in the morning can reduce the sugar levels in diabetic patients. It is a fact.

The message appears to be taken from an article written in Articlesbase titled ‘Lady finger for diabetes‘. The author says that he has learnt about this treatment of Sugar from a Television program.

Okra is a healthy green vegetable with many other names like lady’s finger, bendi and gombo. It has several health benefits attributed to its superior fiber and mucilage content. These properties of Lady finger stabilize the blood sugar in a diabetic patient by controlling the rate at which sugar is absorbed from his intestinal tract. This anti-diabetic activity of Okra (lady finger) is proved both in Vitro (Laboratory) and Vivo (animal) studies. Both the studies published in scientific journals showed a gradual decrease in blood glucose levels with regular feeding of Okra.

So if you are suffering from diabetes, it would be a good idea to check with your doctor and try this easy treatment at home.


Origins:   An item widely circulated via social media in January 2014 (shown above) advocated cutting the ends off a few okra slices, soaking the slices in water overnight, then drinking the water the following morning as a way of making “diabetes go away” and eliminating the need for 


Soluble fiber, found in porridge oats, okra, strawberries and aubergines among other foods, forms a kind of gel inside the bowels. This slows down the absorption of food from the gut, evening out the peaks in blood glucose that occur after meals. Soluble fiber also draws in bile acids that contribute to raised cholesterol, allowing the body to pass the acids out of the system rather than reabsorbing them into the blood. Soluble fiber therefore offers the double potential benefits of lowering cholesterol and possibly reducing progression to diabetes.diabetics to take insulin shots. 


There is a bit of truth to this claim in the sense that okra (also known as lady’s finger, bendi, and gombo) does possess some anti-diabetic properties, namely that the viscosity of okra’s carbohydrates helps to slow the uptake of sugar into the blood by reducing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, thereby reducing the glycemic load of glucose in the blood that can disrupt the body’s ability to properly process the sugars (and that in some cases can lead to the onset of diabetes):

What this means is that the consumption of okra can “help even out roller coaster blood sugar levels” and may contribute to preventing the onset of diabetes or ameleriorating symptoms in those who are already diabetic. But even claiming that much for okra is somewhat speculative, and it does not mean that regularly drinking okra water will “cure” diabetes or make diabetes “go away,” nor that okra is a proven viable substitute for insulin injections. As noted in the 2012 textbook Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Diabetes:

There is anecdotal evidence for the amelioration of diabetes by dietary consumption of okra but what are lacking are controlled clinical trials. There are constituents of okra such as polyphenolic molucules that provide encouragement for such studies in the future.

Claims of “miracle cures” always need to be taken with many grains of salt. If the way to make diabetes “go away” were truly as simple as drinking a glass of okra water every day, this would be a fact that doctors would advocate and every diabetic would know — it wouldn’t an obscure “Did you know?” type of trivia item promulgated via social media. 

A third review:

Okra Fights Diabetes And Digestive WoesA Natural Detoxifier

Last week we began our quest into the amazing medicinal qualities of the vegetables that we see every day. We are continuing this week with another of the common vegetables that are easily available to us here in Kuwait. The vegetable that we are going to talk about this week is the okra. Where I’m from, we don’t even have okra (upstate NY, USA).
This is a vegetable that is eaten more in the south where it was initially introduced. In fact, I had never eaten okra until I came to Kuwait. The fact is that okra is a delicious vegetable. Here in Kuwait people use it particularly in a wonderful curry-like dish called “marag bamia” which is made with okra and meat in a tomato based sauce for eating over rice. It is also fried or sautÈed in other dishes and is found both fresh and frozen.
Okra is called “bamia” in Arabic, and some people call it “ladies’ fingers” in other places. In fact, okra actually comes from this part of the word and nearby and was taken to the Americas and other places later.

Appeal
Okra being quite a slimy vegetable doesn’t appeal to the tastes of everyone. There are some people who can’t stand the sight of okra. Yet others adore it. But, if we are going to work on a purely medicinal point of view, okra is going to be a vegetable that you don’t want to pass up. In fact, some of the benefits of okra come from its sliminess.
Okra is a mucilaginous vegetable (meaning slimy) which makes it extremely good for the digestive system, and in fact, all the mucous membranous tissue it comes into contact with. So, just the act of eating okra is going to be helpful to your body, without even trying.
People who suffer from a variety of digestive problems, including some diseases that are serious (such as colitis, diverticulitis, and more), and other diseases that are extremely uncomfortable but not as dangerous (which as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, etc) will benefit from eating okra. (Just make a note of the fact that eating okra raw is the best way to have it, or having it cooked very slightly (not the way that many people around here do it, cooked to death in curries).

Benefits
Scientific research on the benefits of certain vegetables has been ongoing, and researchers are discovering many very interesting things. Okra has been one of the vegetables that have been included in a number of studies, with some absolutely incredible results.
Apparently eating okra on a daily basis is good for you if you are suffering from diabetes. There are properties in okra that actually help your body to metabolize glucose, thus making you less dependent on insulin substitute medications. In fact there are many people who have documented complete cure from diabetes with the use of okra! One of the ways that it is recommended to take okra for the purpose of helping diabetes is to soak 2 medium sized raw pieces of okra in a glass of water overnight.
First you cut off the two ends, and slice the okra down the middle, then just keep in the room temperature water until morning (making sure that it stays covered), when you will remove the okra and drink the water. Just wait for around 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else, preferably. Do this daily, and, according to the proponents of this “cure” your diabetes will soon be much better, if not completely cured.
Okra is a very detoxifying vegetable. This is partly due to the extremely mucilaginous nature of okra. Okra helps the liver to do its job. This is beneficial to people suffering from a number of diseases, and in fact, okra is so detoxifying that some people call it “natural kidney dialysis”. It actually helps to reduce the poisons in the blood.

Cholesterol
Research has found that okra has many important health benefits, such as its ability to help reduce cholesterol in the body (particularly the “bad” kind), its heart disease reducing qualities, and even cancer prevention qualities!
Also, as a vegetable, okra is loaded with tons of natural vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Okra has tons of two types of fiber that are very important to our health: soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which are needed by all human bodies. In fact, okra has one of the highest rates of these types of fiber of all vegetables — 2 + grams of fiber in each serving.
That is a huge amount. Pectin is probably one of the most important of these. (There are people who go to the pharmacy and buy pectin in capsules to take on a daily basis to help with their health or to lose weight). Okra is loaded with: protein, Vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, folic acid, and a lot more. Okra has important antioxidant constituents (which is one of the reasons for its cancer reducing abilities). Okra is also great for people on restricted diets, since it has hardly any calories, and hardly any carbohydrates (meaning the bad ones). Rather than buy artificial forms of these things (or even naturally based ones), eat okra! Not only are you getting all the health benefits mentioned above, but there are certain to be a lot more that haven’t even been discovered yet.
Don’t miss out on a great way to get healthier through a common vegetable. Okra is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Go for it!

If you have problems with blood sugar and digestion, try drinking okra for a month and see if you start feeling better! 🙂

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