Since ages, both men and women look out for aphrodisiacs in order to arouse or increase their sexual response or desire. For those caught unaware, an aphrodisiac is any food or drug that boosts the libido and increases sexual pleasure and performance. And it won’t be wrong to say that we all deserve a great sexual life. But did you know that Okra aka bhindi, which most of us might detest for its slimy nature, is an aphrodisiac too?
Benefits of bhindi for sexual health
According to nutritionist Rashi Chowdhary, “The edible part of bhindi comes from the seed pods of the plant, and the vegetable is one of the greens that help with sexual wellbeing for women.” Well, it certainly is rich in Iron, folates, Zinc and Vitamin B, which are all good for the sexual glands. Similarly, it also acts as a natural relaxant since it aids in balancing the libido, thanks to its high amounts of beta-carotene.
In an Instagram video, Chowdhary cites 3 ways in which the vegetable is used as an aphrodisiac and as a herbal medicine.
Check out the video here:
1. To stimulate the appetite
Bhindi or Okra is a powerhouse of nutrition and it supports bodily function on many different levels. Being an excellent source of fibre, amino acids, along with vitamins and minerals. Not just that, it also includes both soluble and insoluble fibre. The latter cannot be dissolved by water and helps the food move through the gastrointestinal system easily. However, both types of fibre give the feeling of fullness in the stomach and hence, help to curb appetite.
2. For the treatment of gonorrhoea (STD), dysentery, and urinary tract infections
The high water content in bhindi along with its anti-inflammatory properties improves the bladder function, and flushes out toxins. With all its benefits, it is quite helpful in treating dysentery, and urinary tract infections (UTI). On the other hand, since it is diuretic, men who suffer from gonorrhoea can benefit from it as it will reduce the burning sensation while urinating.
3. For treating vaginal dryness
Females who suffer from excessive bleeding during their menstrual cycles or endometriosis swear by Okra water. It is made by slicing 3-4 bhindis, adding water to it, keeping it overnight and then drinking it the next morning. It also helps with vaginal dryness. Okra water is also rich in oestrogen and zinc, which helps counter exhaustion and aids in revitalising sexual vigor.
So all you ladies, load up on bhindi for a better sexual life.