HEALTH BENEFITS AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF BANANA FLOWER
Nutritional Value of Banana Flower:
As per the African Journal of Biotechnology, 100g of banana flower offers the below mentioned nutrition:
- 51 kcal
- 1.6g of Protein
- 0.6g of Fat
- 9.9g Carb
- 5.7fgof Fiber
- 56mg of Calcium
- 73.3mg of Phosphorous
- 56.4mg of Iron
- 13mg of Copper
- 553.3 mg of Potassium
- 48.7mg of Magnesium
- 1.07mg of Vitamin E
Banana is one great fruit that can be eaten any time of the day; plus it has numerous health benefits. But did you know that you can also eat the banana flower? It’s mostly used to feed cows is some parts of Kenya while it’s used as a jerrican cover in other parts.
- Treating infections
Some study has found that banana flower has the ability to heal infections and hinder bacterial growth. This is because banana flower has ethanol extracts that speed up the healing of infections. Still, other studies show that banana flower helps in preventing the growth of Plasmodium, malaria-causing parasite.
- They are natural antidepressants.
Since these flowers are loaded with magnesium, they can improve your mood and bring down your stress levels.
- They can regulate menstrual bleeding and tackle PCOS.
According to Ayurveda, eating a cup of cooked banana flowers with yoghurt can increase progesterone levels in the body and prevent excessive menstrual bleeding. Banana flowers are also believed to help women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
- They improve milk supply in breastfeeding mothers.
Ayurveda recommends that nursing women eat banana flowers to boost their supply of milk.
- Manages Diabetes and Anemia
Calculated intake of banana flowers reduces blood sugar levels. It also increases the total hemoglobin levels in the body. However, as with antimicrobial activity, the hypoglycemic effects of banana flowers haven’t proven clinically.
- Prevents Infections
Banana flowers treat infections, thanks to their ethanol based extracts. Banana flower inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacterias. Some of them are bacillus subtalis, bacillus cereus, and escherichia coli. Banana flower also helps heal the wounds. According to a study, banana flower extracts can also inhibit the growth of the malarial parasite plasmodium falciparum in vitro. These claims are yet to be proven.
- Slows the Aging Process
These flowers are rich in vitamin C and compounds like tannins and flavonoids, which are all known to have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are important for the body’s health because they reduce stress on cells throughout the body and can help to slow down the aging process.
- Improves Digestion
For people suffering from poor digestion, problems with heartburn, upset stomach, or constipation, banana flowers are a good dietary choice to help correct this. This is because they have both soluble fiber (which speeds up digestion and makes the process more efficient) and insoluble fiber (which bulks up your stools and reduces the risk of constipation). Together, these two types of fiber can help treat many digestive problems.
- They are loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals.
Free radicals attack healthy cells and damage them, leading to problems like heart disease, cancer and skin ageing. These flowers contain antioxidants that battle free radicals and prevent them from damaging the body