Banana Fruit: Plantain Health Benefits

Banana and longevity. Folk physicians of ancient Persia and India regarded this golden fruit as natures secret of perpetual youth. Even today, banana is known to promote healthy digestion and create a feeling of youthfulness. It enhances calcium, phosphorous and nitrogen retention which in turn helps in the regeneration of healthy tissues.

Banana (or Plantain) health food. The banana is of great nutritional value. It has a rare combination of energy value, tissue-building elements, protein, vitamins and minerals. It is a good source of calories since it is rich in solids and low in water content as compared to any other fresh fruit.

Banana for energy. A large banana supplies more than 100 calories. It contains a large amount of sugar that can be easily assimilated by the body. This makes it a good source of quick of quick energy and an excellent means to recover from fatigue. The use of bananas has been found beneficial in the treatments of several medical conditions such as intestinal disorders, constipation, arthritis, gout, anemia, allergies, kidney stones, tuberculosis and urinary disorders.

Home Remedies with Bananas

Eat banana at night to get relief from constipation. If suffering from diarrhea you can use raw bananas. Boil the raw banana, mash it and add a pinch of salt and butter. Eat it to get relief from diarrhea.

Banana or plantain has been widely used as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Mash 1/4 banana till it becomes a smooth paste. Cover your face with it and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water followed by splashes of cold water. Pat it dry.

Mash one ripe banana in one cup of milk and drink it at least 2-3 times a day to treat skin allergies.

You can use banana peel inside out for treatment of warts. Use the peel inside out and cover the wart by taping it. Once the peel turns black remove and continue this for some weeks to get relief from wart.

You can use banana peel for treating poison ivy rashes. Rub the peel inside out over the rashes; it soothes the skin to provide a cooling effect.

Banana peel can be used if you have bruised yourself. Tape it overnight to see the positive results in the morning.

To get rid of hangover you can drink banana milk shake mixed with honey. Banana helps in soothing the stomach and body.

If you are pregnant, and want to avoid leg cramps, eat bananas before going to bed.

Eat three bananas a day to prevent ulcers. It will help to soothe your stomach and reduce the ulcer pain.

Consuming a banana after every meal helps in reducing the heartburn.

To decrease menstrual bleeding drink the mixture of boiled banana flower with buttermilk.

Consuming two tablespoons of burnt banana leaves mixed with honey helps relief hiccups.

Rubbing banana peel inside out is the best remedy for mosquito bites.

Bananas can help Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) sufferers as it contains natural mood enhancers and trypotophan.

It contains high levels of Vitamin C, A1, B6, and B12 which helps people give up smoking. The potassium and magnesium found in bananas helps the body recover from the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

Eat bananas in every form ripe, raw, cooked, milkshakes and desserts. It helps in treating many ailments related to your body.

Drinking extract from the stem attached to the banana cluster helps kill tuberculosis bacteria.

To combat alcohol addiction drink a small glass of the boiled mixture consisting of 3 banana peels, Tabasco, water or milk from 1 coconut, brown sugar or sugar loaf to taste. Let it ferment for 3 days and add snifter of liquor. Do this for nine days.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.


  1. Pat Reply
    March 14, 2007 at 9:11 am

    I believe we all would be healthier if we ate more natural fruits & vegetables. It is good to read all the alleged benefits. Even if they all are not accurate, there is enough factual proof to encourage us to eat more bananas in our daily diet. Thank you!

  2. Dianne Reply
    May 17, 2007 at 6:57 am

    Very enlightening and helpful! Love bananas, makes me want a "banana bush" in my yard!

  3. Bruxo Reply
    October 1, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Good educative info! Keep it up!

  4. edward junor Reply
    December 24, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    This is an excellent article and very beneficial to mankind. It could enlighten people and benefit them with better health.

  5. edward Reply
    January 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I have tried many of your banana remedies and they seem to work beautifully.

  6. finer daisy Reply
    February 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I did not know bananas has so much potential…this article inspires me to look into the health benefits of bananas closer, as well as other fruit. I am glad I read this… good to know there's more to it then just peeling and eating.

    Thank you!

    Finer Daisy

  7. Lindiwe Reply
    February 15, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I found it very helpful, started eating bananas every time I went to bed & leg cramps started disappearing.

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