Banana is a common fruit we all know. Its extract is different and has so many benefits.
Along with dietary fibers, proteins and unsaturated fatty acids, banana flowers are also rich in vitamin E and falconoid. They are part of many cuisines in the world. They also possess immense medicinal value.
Ethanol-based extracts of banana flowers inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria such as Bacillus subtalis, Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli in the laboratory and may help heal wounds and prevent infections, says Mumtaz Jahan, author of a study published in a 2010 issue of the "Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research." Another study published in the January 2011 edition of the journal "Parasitology Research" states that ethyl acetate extracts of banana flower may inhibit the growth of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. However, these benefits have not been proved in clinical studies.
Oral intake of 0.15 to 0.25 g per Kg of body weight of chloroform extracts of banana flowers for 30 days may significantly reduce the blood sugar levels and increase the total hemoglobin level in rats, as per the results of a study published in the March 2000 edition of the journal "Phytotherapy Research." However, as with antimicrobial activity, the hypoglycemic effects of banana flowers have not been proved clinically. It is important to talk to a doctor determine the dosage that is right for you.
Banana peel was also beneficial for health. Based on the study researchers from the University of Chung Shan Medical Taichung, Taiwan, we note that in addition to rich in vitamin B6, also found a banana peel contains serotonin which is vital to balancing moods. Also found are the benefits of banana extract to protect the retina from light damage due to regeneration of the retina.
Banana stem extract has many health benefits. Applied to wounds, it speeds healing by 30 percent to 60 percent, according to a study done by a group of dental students at the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia. Arthritis, inflammation, sunburn and insect bites are also improved by applying banana stem extract to the affected areas.
Banana leaves also offer nutritional and medicinal benefits in addition to having other value. The wrapped banana leaves that form the plant's stem contain starch, which is extracted through a fermentation or cooking process. People in some parts of the world use the resulting flour for baking. The starch is also cooked into glue.
As a home remedy, banana-leaf poultices help to heal burns and other skin irritations, according to Purdue University, which adds that individuals suffering from, ulcers, diarrhea or dysentery may ingest the leaf ashes as a treatment for their condition. Check with your doctor before trying this approach.