First, okra has “superior insoluble fiber” that might help in slowing down the rate by which sugar is absorbed in the intestines. This, in turn, helps stabilize glucose levels1. Another report indicated that increased dietary fiber intake was associated with better glycemic control².
Also, okra appears to contain antioxidant and anti-stress properties³. This is crucial because prolonged or chronic stress might result in blood sugar spikes. Furthermore, making sure that the patient has great mental health is an indispensable part of diabetes management.
Finally, numerous studies (most of which involve rodents) have shown that okra has sugar-lowering or anti-diabetic properties.
For instance, one review of different rodent studies concluded that there is evidence pointing to the anti-diabetic properties of okra. The review even encouraged further studies to address a formulation of this potential nutraceutical as an alternative treatment in diabetes management⁴.
Okra and okra water might also help with other health issues, such as digestive concerns and high cholesterol. Reports say okra also promotes healthy skin and blood. It also aids in having a healthy pregnancy⁵.