Role of Abelmoschus esculentus L. (Okra) in the treatment of diabetes mellitus

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Role of Abelmoschus esculentus L. (Okra) in the treatment of diabetes mellitus

Sana Noreen, Hina Gull, Mishab Zahur, Natasha Azhar, Bahisht Rizwan, Hamna Ahmed, Sehrish Sikandar
Int. J. Biosci.16( 3), 659-664, March 2020.
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Diabetes mellitus is the most prevalent metabolic disorder, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in advanced countries, and is slowly increasing as a significant health concern in developing countries. Over the last few years, there has been steady development in the area of herbal therapy, which is increasing prominence in both emerging and industrialized countries owning less side effects. Okra, Abelmoschus esculentus L. (Bhindi) is really effective vegetable crop. Okra pods have been proven beneficial in managing blood sugar for case of type 1, type 2 and even in gestational diabetes. It belongs to mallow family the species of which have a significant antioxidant activity. The antioxidant ability of okra makes it possible to scavenge free radicals inside the body, which could have a devastating impact on the beta cells of islets of Langerhans triggering inadequate insulin release. The consumption of medicinal drugs for the treatment of diabetes has many side effects in the longer run. Hence, it is preferable to consume medicines originating from natural sources such as okra.


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