WJtoday, Bandung – Just like the fruit, banana leaves are also considered nutritious and healthy and are often used to treat certain diseases to culinary ingredients.
Banana leaves have been known as natural food wrappers and make the aroma and taste better. However, banana leaves are also efficacious to overcome various health problems.
The following are the benefits of banana leaves for the human body, quoting Boldsky on Thursday (5/8/2021).
1. Treat colds and flu
Colds and flu are the most common diseases in the world. A study showed that medicinal plants, including the type of plantain, leaves such as banana leaves can be used as herbal medicine to fight the disease.
Banana leaves have powerful antioxidants that can help treat this minor condition with home remedies.
2. Reduce fever
A study talks about the beneficial effects of all parts of the banana on fever, including the leaves. The phytochemicals in banana leaves can help prevent or treat conditions such as fever due to their antipyretic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory effects. Drinking boiled banana leaves is considered healthy.
3. Alternative to wound dressings
According to a study, banana leaf is used as a cheap and effective wound dressing in many developing countries because of its advantages, low price and easy availability.
The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of banana leaves are the same as gauze and petroleum jelly so they can help heal wounds in less time
4. Boost the immune system
Lectins, a type of protein, are found in banana leaves along with the flesh, a study says. Lectins have strong immunomodulating properties that can help increase the number of T cells in the body.
T cells are part of immune cells that help detect and mark pathogens in the body and send signals to B cells for their destruction.
5. Reduce cellulite
Some anecdotal studies say that banana leaves can help reduce cellulitis in the body. This can be done by mashing the leaves and applying them to the skin where cellulitis is present.
The polyphenols in the leaves help lower the cholesterol in the skin cells which is responsible for the development of cellulitis and thus, can help reduce it.
6. Good for hair
Banana leaves can help get rid of certain hair problems like dandruff, itchy hair, and gray hair. Based on the experience of some people say that cutting and crushing banana leaves to extract the water and then applying it to the hair, can make the hair perfect black, reduce gray hair and also strengthen their follicles.
7. Overcoming diabetes
According to a study, banana leaves are a potential source of rutin, a plant flavonoid that has anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
These essential flavonoids in banana leaves can benefit diabetics by managing their glucose levels and preventing the risk of related complications. Banana leaves also help break down maltose, a type of sugar, in the body, the amount of which is indicative of diabetes.
8. Treating ulcers
Peptic ulcer disease is a condition characterized by painful sores in the lining of the stomach due to an imbalance of acid, pepsin and defense factors such as nitric oxide.
A study talks about the anti-ulcer properties of banana leaves. It is said that the leaves contain flavonoids and many organic and inorganic compounds such as alkaloids, tannins, antioxidants and phenolic acids which can exert a protective effect against gastric mucosal injury and treat the condition.
9. Can increase appetite
Many long-term and short-term conditions such as liver disease, fever, kidney problems, food poisoning and hepatitis can reduce a person’s appetite.
Such anecdotal studies suggest the aroma of banana leaves can help stimulate appetite when served on a plate wrapped in bananas.
10. Can neutralize poison
A study talks about the anti-venom activity in banana leaves against the toxicity caused by snake venom.
It is said that when banana leaf extract interacts with snake venom proteins, the tannins and polyphenols in the leaves tend to inactivate the toxic proteins and can reduce their effects to some extent.
This is the reason why banana leaf paste is applied to snake bites to relieve them. This study needs more evidence.
11. Hygienic food packaging
Banana leaves are used traditionally for many hygienic purposes. First of all, food wrapped in banana leaves tends to remain toxic free compared to plastic wrap, because no plastic toxins are mixed with the food.
Secondly, the antibacterial properties of the leaves prevent food from spoiling due to bacteria and germs and keep it safe and fresh for a longer time. In addition, eating on banana leaves does not require much cleaning and is environmentally friendly.
12. Reduce inflammatory diseases
Banana leaves are widely used in cooking. Foods wrapped and cooked (preferably steamed) with banana leaves are known to derive important plant compounds from the leaves such as EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), a polyphenol known to reduce many inflammatory and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
In addition, when hot food is served on banana leaves, the waxy layer on top tends to melt and mix with the food, giving the food a unique and subtle taste. ***