Some South Sudanese eat okra on daily basis and to some of them okra is a tradition food.
“In some countries, men actually take it to decrease their fertility,” said Dr Vernon DaCosta, director of the Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit (HWFMU) at the University Hospital of the West Indies in an interview with All Woman last Tuesday.
“There are a number of studies coming out of Lagos, Nigeria, which have identified the substance and recognised that it suppresses sperm count. It also affects the motility of the sperm too.”
Fast facts about Okra
- Okra is a green, finger-shaped vegetable with a characteristic viscous juice.
- It provides fiber, fol-ate, and vitamin K.
- Its nutritional content means it can promote heart health and strong bones and protect against cancer.
- Buy okra when it is firm and keep it dry. Store for no more than 3 to 4 days in paper or plastic in a crisper drawer.
- Cooking it whole makes it the mucilaginous juice, unpopular with some people, less obvious.
- People who use blood thinners should not eat too much okra, as the vitamin K levels can interact with the drug.