The Banana Flower!
Banana flower is an inherent to Andes Mountains of Colombia. The flower is large which grows from the end of the bunch of bananas and has a dark purple red blossom. The small flowers would be found on the inside part which would turn into the banana.
Almost every part of the banana tree can be used in some way or the other. The flowers, fruit and stems can be eaten, the leaves can be used as plates and the bark can be used to make paper.
Known as banana hearts, banana flowers are loaded with fibre, protein, potassium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and Vitamin E. These pretty flowers can be eaten raw or cooked and added to salads, soups, stir-fries and herbal teas. Keep going till the bottom to find a healthy stir-fry recipe!
7 incredible health benefits of the banana flower:
1. They are natural antidepressants.
Since these flowers are loaded with magnesium, they can improve your mood and bring down your stress levels.
2. 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.
3. They are light on the system and treat a number of digestive problems.
Banana flowers are light and soothing on the digestion system, and can be used to fight abdominal pain and bloating caused by acidity.
4. They keep infections at bay.
These flowers are known to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
5. 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).
6. They can prevent anaemia.
Due to their rich iron content, banana flowers can increase the levels of hemoglobin in the body and prevent anaemia.
7. They improve milk supply in breastfeeding mothers.
Ayurveda recommends that nursing women eat banana flowers to boost their supply of milk.
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