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Lady finger

Lady finger
Lady finger, commonly called as Bhindi or Okra is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients.
Lady finger is good for digestion as it has high fiber content and it prevents constipation due to its laxative property. It also protects the liver against free radical damage due to its antioxidant property. The regular intake of Lady finger helps in managing cholesterol levels and keeps the heart healthy. It also helps improve eye health as it is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc.
According to Ayurveda, regularly drinking Lady finger (okra) water in the morning helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels due to its anti-diabetic activity.
Excessive consumption of Lady finger may lead to the formation of kidney and gallbladder stones due to the presence of oxalates. Thus, it is advisable to avoid the use of Lady finger in people already having kidney problems[1][20].

What are the synonyms of Lady finger?

Abelmoschus esculentus, Okra, Bhindi, Bhendi, Gumbo, Bhindi-tori, Ram-turi, Bende kaayi gida, Bende kaayi, Venda, Pitali, Tindisha, Bhenda, Gandhamula, Darvika, Venaikkay, Vendaikkai, Penda, Vendakaya, Bendakaya, Ventakaya, Benda, Ramturai, Bhajichi-bhendi

What is the source of Lady finger?

Plant Based

Benefits of Lady finger

1. Chronic Dysentery
Lady finger is useful in digestive disorders like chronic dysentery. Dysentery is known as Pravahika in Ayurveda and is caused by imbalanced Kapha and Vata doshas. In severe dysentery, inflammation of the intestine causes the appearance of mucus and blood in the stool. Taking Lady finger in your diet helps to control mucus by improving the digestive fire due to its Ushna (hot) nature and also controls the frequency of motion due to its Grahi (absorbent) property.


2. Diabetes
Diabetes also known as Madhumeha is due to an aggravation of Vata and impaired digestion. Impaired digestion leads to an accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the pancreatic cells and impairs the function of insulin. Adding Lady finger in your lunch or dinner helps to calm aggravated Vata and correct the impaired digestion. This reduces Ama in the body and improves the function of insulin and control blood sugar level.
Tips:
a. Take 2-4 Lady fingers and cut its head.
b. Take a glass of lukewarm water and dip it from the head side for overnight.
c. Next morning, take out the Lady fingers and drink the water.
d. Repeat this daily to maintain your blood sugar level.

3. Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infection is describe under the broad term of Mutrakcchra in Ayurveda. Mutra means ooze, krichra means painful. Thus, dysuria and painful urination is called as Mutrakcchra. Taking Lady finger in urinary tract infection helps to reduce pain during urination and increase urine flow due to its Mutral (diuretic) property.
Tips:
a. Take 2-4 Lady fingers and cut its head.
b. Take a glass of lukewarm water and dip it from the head side for overnight.
c. Next morning, take out the Lady fingers and drink the water.
d. Repeat this daily to subside the symptoms of UTI.

How to use Lady finger

1. Lady Finger
a. Heat 1-2 teaspoon of Olive oil in a pan.
b. Add and saute 2-3 cups of sliced Lady finger.
c. Add salt as per your taste.
d. Cook on a low flame till Lady finger becomes soft.

2. Lady finger water
a. Take 2-4 Lady fingers and cut its head.
b. Take a glass of lukewarm water and dip it from the head side for overnight.
c. Next morning, take out the Lady fingers and drink the water.
d. Repeat this process on a daily basis to maintain your blood sugar level.

How to use Lady finger

1. Lady finger face pack
a. Take 3-4 boiled Lady finger.
b. Blend to form a paste.
c. Add yoghurt and olive oil to it.
d. Apply evenly on the face and neck.
e. Let it sit for 7-8 minutes.
f. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
h. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week to get clean, soft and supple skin.

2. Lady finger hair pack
a. Take 6-8 Lady fingers.
b. Slice horizontally and add them to 1 cup of boiling water.
c. Let them simmer on a low flame.
d. Reduce the water to ¼ of the original quantity till the water turns to a thin gel.
e. Strain to get the water and add olive oil and vitamin E to it.
f. Apply this on the hair and keep for 1 hour.
g. Wash with a mild shampoo.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Does Lady finger cause heart diseases?

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One of the health benefits of consuming Lady finger is the management of high cholesterol level. This helps in reducing the risk of various heart diseases[1].

Q. Is Lady finger bad during pregnancy?

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Lady finger contains vitamin B, C and folate that aids in preventing birth defects and helps in proper development of the baby. Foliate is a vital nutrient that increases the growth and development of the fetus’ brain[1].

Q. Is Lady finger good for diabetics?

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Yes, Lady finger may be useful in managing diabetes. Lady finger is rich in fibre and certain phytochemicals that may help lower blood sugar levels. It lowers the absorption of glucose in the intestines, increases insulin sensitivity, regenerates damaged insulin-producing cells and increases insulin secretion[2][3].

Q. Is Lady finger good for liver?

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Yes, Lady finger may be good for the liver. Lady finger contains flavonoids and other phenolic compounds that have antioxidant and hepatoprotective activity. It protects the cells of the liver against oxidative damage thereby managing liver disorders[4][5].

Q. Is Lady finger good for piles?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Lady finger may be useful in managing piles[6][7].

Q. Is Lady finger good for acid reflux?

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Yes, Lady finger may be useful in managing acid reflux, also known as, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It has laxative property due to which it helps remove toxins and the waste from the intestinal tract[3][8].

Q. Is Lady finger good for arthritis?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Lady finger may be good for arthritis. This is due to the presence of certain flavonoids with antioxidant property[9][10].

Q. Is Lady finger good for cholesterol?

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Yes, Lady finger may be good for managing high cholesterol levels. Lady finger is rich in fibre which helps in the absorption of bad cholesterol. This helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels[3][11].

Q. Is Lady finger good for bones?

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Yes, Lady finger may be good for the bones. Lady finger is rich in vitamin A and C which are essential in bone formation. These vitamins are also involved in the formation of collagen which is important in giving structure to the bones. Moreover, Lady finger also contains vitamin K which is responsible for the activation of certain proteins that are essential for good bone health[14][15].

Q. Is Lady finger good for weight loss?

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Yes, Lady finger is good for weight loss due to the presence of low calorie and high fiber in it. A high fiber diet is not easily digestible and increases the feeling of fullness after taking food. Lady finger is also free of fat and cholesterol which further helps in reducing body weight[19].

Q. Is Lady finger beneficial in the removal of kidney stones?

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No, Lady finger is not considered to be beneficial in eliminating kidney stones, in fact, it may further increase the problem of kidney stones. This is due to the presence of high amount of oxalates in Lady finger, which is the main cause of formation of kidney stones. So, it is generally advisable to avoid Lady finger if you have kidney stone problem[18].

Q. What are the side effects of eating Lady finger?

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Lady finger in large quantities may worsen the kidney and gallbladder stone formation in some cases. This is due to the presence of a large number of oxalate crystals in Lady finger which cause stones to grow in number[20].

Q. How can I take Lady finger water in case of diabetes?

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Lady finger is considered to be a good source of dietary fiber in case of diabetes. It enhances insulin secretion and help lowers blood sugar level. Lady finger water is made by soaking pods of Lady finger in water overnight[21].

Q. Is Lady finger useful in constipation?

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Yes, Lady finger root can be used to manage constipation due to its strong laxative property. It promotes bowel movement and helps in digestion[22].
Tip:
1. Heat 1-2 teaspoons of Olive oil in a pan.
2. Add and saute 2-3 cups of sliced Lady finger.
3. Add salt and turmeric as per your taste.
4. Cook on a low flame till it becomes soft.
5. Have it once or twice a day to manage constipation.

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