Banana flowers are edible and widely used by Asians as a vegetable. A variety of delicious recipes is made using these fiber rich flowers. Apart from being a yummy food, it offers a lot of health benefits. A few of the benefits are listed below.
Uses Of Banana Flowers
Studies have revealed that banana flower extracts are beneficial for diabetics. It regulates the serum glucose levels and improves hemoglobin level. It has been found that consuming banana flower extract regularly for about a month would reduce serum glucose levels considerably.
Lowers Menstrual Bleeding
From ancient days, banana flower has been used to treat excessive menstrual bleeding. It is used as a home remedy for PMS and menstrual cramps. The flowers increase the synthesis of progesterone and lowers bleeding. Consuming a cup of boiled banana flowers with yogurt will keep such problems at bay.
Eliminates Free Radicals
Free radicals result in serious health problems such as heart diseases, stroke, etc. Banana flowers are rich in antioxidants and help prevent oxidative stress. Menthol found in the flowers is a powerful antioxidant. The antioxidants protect the cells from free radical damage and delays ageing. It is good for cardiovascular health.
Banana flower extracts possess valuable antiseptic properties. The ethanol based extract prohibit the growth of microbes such as bacillus and e.coli and boosts the immune system. Studies also suggest that banana flower extracts have the power to hamper the growth of microbes that cause malaria.
A drop in milk supply is a common problem faced by many nursing mothers. This problem can be overcome by including banana flowers in the diet. Banana flowers are an excellent remedy for increasing the milk supply in nursing mothers. It has been used traditionally as a good lactating agent.
Banana flowers contain a lot of magnesium, which plays a major role in boosting the mood and reducing anxiety. If you feel down and depressed, have a cup of boiled banana flowers instead of an antidepressant. It works wonders as a natural antidepressant.
Fiber Rich Food
The flowers are loaded with dietary fiber. Fiber is essential for over all functioning of the body and highly useful in lowering cholesterol levels. Banana flowers prevent constipation and nourish the intestine. It also protects the cardiovascular health and enables weight loss.
Calculated consumption of banana flowers increases the hemoglobin level in the body.
Rich Source Of Minerals And Vitamins
Banana flowers are packed with nutrients. It contains fiber and potassium along with Vitamin A, E and C. Hence, it is considered as a great health food.
Uterus Health And PCOS
A simple decoction prepared with banana flowers will help in treating problems associated with uterus and PCOS as well. Boil cleaned banana flowers with cumin seeds and few peppercorns (powdered coarsely). Add salt and ¼ tsp turmeric powder. Boil the mixture until the quantity is reduced to half. Regular intake of this decoction will cure any uterus related problems.
Cook cleaned banana flowers (1/4 cup). Grind coconut mixture along with cumin seeds (1/2 tsp) and green chilies (2 no). Mix the ground paste with thick yogurt and add this mixture to cooked banana flowers. Season the gravy with salt. As the gravy is packed with nutrients and fiber, it is soothing on your stomach and can be included in the weight loss diet.
Wards Of Infections
The enthanol based extracts present in banana flowers helps in treating infection. They inhibit the development of pathogenic bacteria like Escherichia coli, bacillus cereus and bacillus subtailis. Research has shown that the extracts of banana flowers help in inhibiting the growth of plasmodium falciparum, a malarial parasite.
Heals Wounds And Burns
Crush Banana flowers to obtain its juice. Apply the juice on burns or wounds to heal them quickly.
For Pregnant Women
Pregnant women are suggested to add in banana flowers in the diet. As it is rich in fiber, banana flowers helps in preventing constipation during pregnancy. Regular consumption of banana flowers decoction will help in curing gestational diabetes as well.
The antioxidant effects of banana flowers help in preventing cancer.