Why Are Banana Flowers Very Healthy?

The flower of a particular banana species is edible and it is less commonly known than banana fruit. The banana flower is also known as banana heart or banana blossom, it contains many nutrients like several minerals, antioxidants, and a small amount of protein. They have a balance of soluble and insoluble fiber while low in calories. It has been used for medicinal purposes in many countries to treat various ailments.

Here are some amazing health benefits of the banana flower:

May lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol:

The banana flower has several compounds in the pulp and stalk that may lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol. These are two important risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Banana flowers are high in fiber content which even helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels.

A study noted that the antioxidants quercetin and catechin in banana flowers may reduce blood sugar levels after meals. These antioxidants may work by blocking an enzyme that absorbs carbs.

However, human studies are necessary to validate these findings.

Good for gut health:

The banana flower is rich in fiber that includes both soluble and insoluble which boosts digestive health. Fiber acts as a prebiotic to help increase the number of good bacteria in your gut.

Evidence suggests that fiber intake may improve your gut microbiome, the collection of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in your gut, which may, in turn, reduce cancer risk.

It may be helpful in preventing an enlarged prostate:

A common urological problem in men aging over 50 years, is an enlarged prostate gland which may develop into urinary problems such as retention issues, weak streaming, and urgency.

Traditionally, the banana blossom is used to treat urinary issues.

The presence of antioxidants in banana flower, including quercetin, have been shown to help reduce inflammation in the prostate and improve urinary flow when combined with other remedies.

Good for bone health:

Banana flowers have been used traditionally to alleviate joint discomfort as joint discomfort can be a sign of bone loss. Banana flower even contains zinc which helps prevent the loss of bone as well.

According to a test-tube study, the antioxidants known as quercetin and catechin present in banana flowers may be helpful in preventing bone loss.

Treat infections:

The extract in banana flowers contains ethanol which prevents the growth of pathogenic bacteria. Seems the banana flower has been very effective in treating infections in a natural way.

Alleviates mood and reduces anxiety:

The banana flower is rich in magnesium which helps to reduce anxiety and boosts mood. They act as natural anti-depressants.

Boosts iron level:

The banana flower is rich in iron that can remarkably pump iron stores and improves symptoms associated with anemia such as tiredness, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, pale skin, cold feet, and hands. Adding banana flower to your meal on regular basis can increase teh level of red blood cells and combats iron deficiency anemia.

These are the reasons why banana flowers are super healthy. If you want to know more about healthy diet contact a nutritionist or a diet coach.


Nutritionist & Diet Coach

1. Anita Sahu - Nutritionist & Diet Coach - Utopia Life Coach & DP's Cuisine Restaurant in Siliguri, West Bengal, India.

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