Okra water is a big Internet thing now. Drinking water in which okra has been soaked overnight will make “diabetes go away” and the diabetes sufferer will never have to take insulin again.
The truth is okra may have some beneficial effect in helping to regulate blood sugar levels, but it can’t “cure diabetes” or eliminate the need for diabetics to take insulin.
Okra contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content.
Medical research on okra for diabetes management is still in early stages. According to one study, okra water improved the blood sugar levels of pregnant rats that had gestational diabetes (1).
Roasted okra seeds, which have long been used in Turkey to treat diabetes, have also been studied and proven to have a positive effect on lowering blood sugar (2, 3).
HOW TO MAKE OKRA WATER
Drinking “okra water” is a popular new method of using okra. So in a nutshell, if your looking to add a healthy vegetable to your diet that can help reduce blood sugar spikes, sure, add some okra water to your diet.
The drink is made by putting okra pods in water and soaking them overnight. Some of the valuable nutrients in the skin and seed pods will be absorbed into the water.
If you’re not crazy about the taste of okra, drinking this okra water solution is a quick and simple way to derive the benefits of okra without eating it.
Note: 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 by now, especially with the advent of the internet, don’t you think?