Okra: A Natural Remedy Against Obesity?

  • Author: Melania Tesio
  • Published: 06 August 2013
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
  • Source / Publisher: Molecular Nutrition and Food Research/Wiley-VCH
thumbnail image: Okra: A Natural Remedy Against Obesity?

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench), a tropical vegetable rich in polysaccharides and polyphenols, is consumed in many countries of the world.

According to Shengjie Fan and colleagues, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China, okra is an important dietary element. The researchers demonstrated that the administration of okra polysaccharides to obese mice lowers their body weight, reduces the levels of blood glucose, and decreases the concentration of circulating lipids, such as cholesterol. Okra polysaccharides, moreover, improved sensitivity to insulin, the hormone that controls glucose uptake from the blood. These effects most likely arise from a decreased expression of the liver X receptor and peroxisone proliferator-activated receptor, two transcriptional factors that regulate the metabolism of glucose and lipids.

Okra consumption might, therefore, be beneficial in patients affected by obesity or other metabolic disorders.

Article Views: 3137

Sign in Area

Please sign in below

Additional Sign In options

Please note that to comment on an article you must be registered and logged in.
Registration is for free, you may already be registered to receive, e.g., the newsletter. When you register on this website, please ensure you view our terms and conditions. All comments are subject to moderation.

Article Comments - To add a comment please sign in

Bookmark and Share

If you would like to reuse any content, in print or online, from ChemistryViews.org, please contact us first for permission. more


ChemistryViews.org on Facebook

ChemistryViews.org on Twitter ChemistryViews.org on YouTube ChemistryViews.org on LinkedIn Sign up for our free newsletter

Magazine of Chemistry Europe (16 European Chemical Societies)published by Wiley-VCH