There’s a recent trend in social media about people using Okra water for fertility, but the fact remains that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that okra water can improve fertility. However, just like seeds cycling that has been proven effective in improving fertility despite a lack of scientific evidence. The same goes for Okra water which has become a popular home remedy for fertility
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Nutrition value of okra
Talking about the nutritional composition of Okra, it’s a good source of dietary fiber, and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and more. While its minerals make up include calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
One cup (100 grams) of cooked okra provides 33 calories, 2.5 grams of dietary fiber, 1.7 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, and 7.6 grams of carbohydrates. It also contains small amounts of other vitamins and minerals listed below.
Vitamins and Minerals
Okra is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, including:
How to prepare Okra water for fertility
To make okra water, start by washing 4-5 okra pods but first cut off the stems.
Add up to four (4) cups of water into your cooking pot and bring it to a boil.
Pour the okra inside the boiling water reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes,
Allow the okra cool and strain the liquid into a storage container.
Dosage: drink 1-2 ounces of okra water daily.
Notice: The okra water stored in the refrigerator should be finished within a week.
How to make Okra water method 2: You can start by soaking and slicing 4-5 pods of Okra. Pour it inside a clean container and soak in water overnight, or leave it inside water for 24 hrs. Sieve out the water and also, squeeze any leftover sap from the pods and combine it with the infused water and drink.
Drinking Okra water for fertility Benefits
Although using Okra water for fertility lacks scientific study, but has become a popular practice recently for men and women, it’s rich a source of vitamins and minerals composition which can provide health benefits. Eating okra can improve digestion and provide essential nutrients, which may help to support reproductive health. Here are the emerging benefits of drinking Okra water for fertility.
1. Boost male performance
Proper blood flow is needed for better sexual performance, especially for men. Sometimes blood cholesterol may impede the functions of the heart which in turn affect the flow of blood. Okra contains mucilage which can lower the impact of bad cholesterol and improve heart function.
Additionally, polyphenols found in Okra is compound that has been proven according to lower blood cholesterol, and improve heart function and blood flow.
2. May help ease painful menstruation
Okra possesses an anti-inflammatory property that is believed to relieve pain. Drinking okra water may help to increase tolerance to pain, and reduce inflammation which can contribute to fertility issues.
3. Boost fertility in both male and female
Okra contains polyphenols which are beneficial to reproductive health. According to a study, polyphenols are proven to boost fertility and sexual development, improve fetal health, supplies bio-nutrients needed to improve egg viability.
4. Protects sperm from oxidative damage
It’s not new that oxidative stress contributes to infertility, because it causes harm to reproductive cells such as sperm and egg. Okra is a rich source of vitamins and minerals including fertility-boosting compounds such as polyphenols and another antioxidant that can reduce cellular damage to reproductive organs.
Okra water for pregnant women
Eating okra during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects — a condition that can affect the brain and spine of a developing fetus.
Pregnant women who eat okra daily are likely to get enough folate needed to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy.
Additionally, Okra water is packed with several nutrients such as magnesium, folate, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins C, K1, and A which can improve fetal health. Drinking okra water, and soup and eating it raw is safe and beneficial during pregnancy.
Best time to drink okra water
The claims that drinking Okra water first thing in the morning is more beneficial lacks evidence, however, you can drink it in the morning if you like or any time you want.
Drinking Okra water may improve reproductive health due to the presence of fertility-boosting compounds, and antioxidants that protect the sperm from oxidative damage. It is a rich source of folate a vitamin that helps to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy.
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.