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Banana

Banana
Banana is an edible fruit which is a natural instant energy booster. It is a rich source of potassium and magnesium and the whole Banana plant (flowers, ripe, unripe fruits, leaves, and stems) has medicinal value.
Banana helps boost energy which improves stamina as well as sexual health. Consuming green Banana (unripe) helps improve digestion and manage diarrhea. Banana also helps control blood pressure and cholesterol levels due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. When taken along with milk, it aids in weight gain.
According to Ayurveda, applying Banana paste on the skin is beneficial for managing skin problems like dry skin, acne and wrinkles due to its strong Ropan (healing) property. It also helps nourish hair and promote hair growth.
Eating Banana on an empty stomach should be avoided. It is generally advised to take it after a light meal[2-6][9].

What are the synonyms of Banana?

Musa paradisiaca, Varana, Ambusara, Kal, Talha, Kala, Kanch Kala, Kela, Bale gadde, Kadubale, Kattebale, Kadali, Kadila, Vazhai, Pazham, Arati chettu, Mouz

What is the source of Banana?

Plant Based

Benefits of Banana

1. Diarrhea
Diarrhea is known as Atisar in Ayurveda. It is due to improper food, impure water, toxins, mental stress and Agnimandya (weak digestive fire). All these factors are responsible for aggravating Vata. This aggravated Vata brings fluid in the intestine from various tissues from the body and mixes with the stool. This leads to loose, watery motions or diarrhea. Use Banana in your diet when you are suffering from diarrhea. Eating a green Banana may help your body absorb more nutrients and control your diarrhea due to its Grahi (absorbent) property.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 raw Banana in a whole day.
b. Preferably after taking light food.

2. Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual Dysfunction in men can be in the form of loss of libido i.e. having no inclination towards a sexual act. There can also be a low erection time or semen expelled soon after a sexual activity. This is also referred to as ‘early discharge or premature ejaculation. Regular intake of Banana helps in proper functioning of male sexual performance. This is due to its Vajikarna (aphrodisiac) property.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 raw Banana in a whole day.
b. Preferably after taking light food.

3. Constipation
In Ayurveda, constipation is cause particularly by aggravation of Vata dosha. This can be due to excess consumption of fast foods, coffee or tea, sleeping late at night, stress and depression. All these factors aggravate Vata in the large intestine and cause constipation. Banana makes the stool soft and smooth due to Vata balancing nature and controls constipation.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 Banana along with decoction of ginger.
b. Add honey and take it after light food to get rid of constipation.

3. UTI
Urinary tract infection is describe under the broad term of Mutrakcchra in Ayurveda. Mutra means ooze, krichra means painful. Thus, dysuria and painful urination is called as Mutrakcchra. In urinary tract infection, Banana stem juice helps to control burning sensation due to its Sita (cold) property. It also helps eliminate toxins from the body.
Tips:
a. Take 2-4 teaspoon of Banana stem juice.
b. Add same quantity of water and drink once before taking food.

4. Weak memory
Sleeplessness and stress are some of the main causes of weak memory or memory disorder. Regular intake of Banana helps to calm the nervous system thereby reducing sleeplessness and stress. This is because of its Vata balancing property.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 raw Banana in a whole day.
b. Preferably after taking light food.

Precautions when using Banana

Advice from Experts
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1. Avoid eating too many Bananas, as it takes a long time to digest.
2. Avoid Banana if you have any breathing problem like asthma as it can aggravate Kapha.
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Avoid Banana if you have migraine[5].
Allergy
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Consumption of Banana may cause allergic reactions[5].
Patients with diabetes
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Banana may increase the blood sugar level. So it is generally advised to consult your doctor before taking Banana in case of diabetes[7].

How to use Banana

1. Banana Fruit
Take Banana fruit as per your taste after taking light food.

2. Banana Stem Juice
a. Take 2-4 teaspoons of Banana stem juice.
b. Add same quantity of water and drink it once before taking food.

3. Banana Stem Powder
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon of Banana stem powder.
b. Add honey or water and have it after meals twice day.

Benefits of Banana

1. Dry skin
Dry lips and dry skin are signs of a Vata imbalance. Banana helps in reducing dryness in the skin by balancing Vata dosha. This is due to its Snigdha (oily) property.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of Banana fresh paste.
b. Add milk to it and apply on the affected area.
c. Wait for 25-30 minutes and wash with tap water.

2. Wrinkles
According to Ayurveda, an aggravation of Vata dosha is the cause of wrinkles. Banana help control wrinkles and improves skin texture by balancing Vata. This is due to its Snigdha (oily) nature.
Tips:
a. Take 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of fresh paste of Banana.
b. Add milk to it and apply on the affected area.
c. Wait for 30-45 minutes.
d. Wash with tap water.

3. Hair loss
Ayurveda says that the reason for hair fall is aggravated Vata dosha. Banana acts on hair fall by balancing Vata dosha and helps in moisturizing and hydrating the hair. This is because of its Snigdha (oily) nature.
Tips:
a. Take 2 or more Bananas according to the length of your hair and mash them in a bowl.
b. Add 1-2 tablespoon of coconut oil and make a paste.
c. Apply this paste thoroughly on your hair.
d. Leave this mask for about 10-15 minutes and rinse with cold or lukewarm water.
e. Repeat 1-2 times in a week to get rid of hair problems.

Precautions when using Banana

Advice from Experts
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Banana leaves, stem juice or fruit paste should be used with rose water or any skin cream if your skin is hypersensitive.

Recommended Dosage of Banana

  • Banana Juice - 1-2 teaspoon or as per your requirement.
  • Banana Paste - ½ -1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Banana

1. Banana Juice
a. Banana Leaves or stem Juice.
b. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Banana juice.
c. Add some rose water to it.
d. Apply it on the affected area for 7-10 minutes.
e. Wash thoroughly with tap water.

2. Banana Fresh Paste
a. Take ½ - 1 teaspoon of Banana fresh paste.
b. Add honey to it.
c. Apply on the affected area for 4-5 minutes.
d. Wash thoroughly with tap water.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Is Banana highly nutritious?

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Yes, Banana is nutritious. Banana is a rich source of potassium that helps to meet 23% of the daily potassium needs. This potassium is essential for proper functioning of the muscles. Banana is also a rich source of fibres and vitamins A, B6, C and D. Each serving of Banana carries on an average of 70 calories[5].

Q. Can Banana be eaten before a workout?

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Banana is rich in potassium. it helps in proper muscle contraction during the exercise. Bananas are also high in calories and a rich source of carbohydrates. This, makes Banana a very good source of energy. Thus, eating a Banana 30 minutes before the workout can act as an energy booster and also prevents cramping of muscles[5].

Q. Can you eat the skin of a Banana?

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Although, Banana skin is not poisonous and can be consumed, it is not popular as it is considered inedible. It is a good source of magnesium, potassium, vitamins B6 and B12.

Q. Can you eat honey and Banana together?

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Banana and honey can be eaten together easily in the form of fruit salads. It is good for constipation, helps in weight loss and rehydrates the body.

Q. Can I take Banana stem Juice?

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Yes, Banana stem juice is good for health. It increases the urine flow and helps pass kidney stone. This is due to its Mutral (diuretic) property.

Q. How many calories are there in a single Banana?

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A single serving of banana has around 105 calories.

Q. Is Banana good for diarrhea?

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Yes, Banana is good for managing diarrhea especially in children. Green Banana is rich in pectin which cannot be digested by the small intestine. Pectin reaches the colon in undigested form and later helps in salt and water absorption[5][8][9].

Q. Is Banana good for gastric ulcers?

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Yes, Banana helps in managing gastric ulcers. Banana helps to neutralise the acidic environment in the stomach and forms a coating on the lining of the stomach. This further reduces ulcer irritation and promotes healing[5].

Q. Is Banana good for constipation?

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Yes, Banana is good for constipation. Banana is a rich source of many non-digestible fibres that help to normalise the bowel movement. Pectin in Banana adds bulk to the stool and helps to absorb water that makes the stool soft[5].

Q. Does Banana help in lowering blood pressure?

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Yes, Banana helps in lowering blood pressure. Banana is rich in potassium which is a regulator of blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke[5].
Tip:
Ripened Bananas lower blood pressure better than unripe Bananas[5].

Q. Does Banana have a role in ulcers?

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Yes, Banana has a role in protecting the stomach against ulcers and ulcer associated damage. Leucocyanidin in Banana increases the thickness of the stomach mucous membrane. Banana has antacid property. It helps to neutralize the acid in the stomach. Thus, Banana helps in the healing of stomach ulcers, prevents further damage and heartburn[5].
Tip:
A mixture of Banana and milk reduces acid secretion[5].

Q. Does Banana have a role in kidney stones?

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Yes, banana has a role in preventing kidney stone formation. Banana is a rich source of potassium that further reduces the excretion of calcium through urine, thus reduces the risk of kidney stones[5].

Q. Does Banana help to manage hangover?

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Yes, Banana helps to manage hangover. Heavy drinking leads to the loss of electrolytes like potassium and magnesium. Banana is a rich source of these important electrolytes and helps to rehydrate the body. Banana also helps to calm an upset stomach due to heavy drinking. Banana, when taken along with honey, helps to gain back the lost energy due to low blood sugar levels caused by heavy drinking [5].
Tip:
A cocktail made by mixing Banana with milk and honey helps to overcome the after effects of hangover[5].

Q. Does Banana have a role in managing depression?

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Yes, Banana helps to manage depression. Bananas contain tryptophan protein. Tryptophan when converted to serotonin in the body, helps to relax the mind and induces the feeling of happiness[5].

Q. Can Banana cause diarrhea?

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No Banana is good for diarrhea. It has the tendency to regulate bowel movements and stool. Potassium present in Banana can balance the water content in the intestine. This helps to maintain a proper consistency of stool formation. Banana is thus useful for the people suffering from diarrhoea as well as constipation[5].
ayurvedic
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Eating a raw Banana is good in case of diarrhea. It helps your body absorb more nutrients and control diarrhea due to its Grahi (absorbent) property.

Q. Does Banana cause depression?

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Banana is a rich source of potassium. In case of stress and depression, our metabolic rate increases, which reduces the potassium levels. Thus, eating a Banana daily helps fight against depression and stress[5].
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Depression can be due to an imbalance of Vata dosha. Banana helps to fight against depression due to its Vata balancing property.

Q. Is Banana with milk a toxic combination?

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Although not enough scientific evidence is available, Banana and milk are said to be incompatible to each other. Banana is sour and milk is sweet and this combination may create some digestive problems.
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According to Ayurveda, one should avoid taking Banana with milk. This is because it can weaken Agni leading to indigestion, nausea and heaviness in the abdomen. It can also produce Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) and may aggravate Kapha. This may lead to sinus, congestion, cold and cough disorders.

Q. Is it safe to have Banana during night?

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You should avoid Banana at night in case of indigestion, cough or asthma. This is because it might aggravate Kapha dosha. Also, Banana is a heavy fruit and takes time to digest. So make sure to eat it 2-3 hours before going to bed.

Q. Is Banana shake helpful in gaining weight?

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Although enough scientific evidence is not available, Banana shake might be helpful in gaining weight.
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Banana helps in maintaining the energy level as well as gaining weight. Preparations of Banana like Banana shake are effective in weight gain due to its Balya (strength provider) property.

Q. What are the benefits of eating Banana on empty stomach?

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Eating Banana on an empty stomach causes hyperacidity due to the presence of vitamin C. Banana, being rich in potassium, might also cause heart issues if taken on an empty stomach. Therefore, it is not advisable to eat Banana on an empty stomach[8].
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Banana is a complete food that should not be taken on an empty stomach because of its Guru (heavy) property which makes it difficult to digest. This might lead to conditions like acidity and indigestion.

Q. Can Bananas give you acne?

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Ayurvedic View
Bananas may not be good for your acne prone skin as they can cause your skin to produce more oil leading to acne breakouts. This is due to its Snigdha (oily) nature. So it is best to avoid applying Banana on the skin. An alternative can be to make a pack of Banana with rose water.

Q. Can Bananas help hair growth?

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Yes, Bananas might help in hair growth because they are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, natural oils and most importantly amino acids. Amino acid arginine present in Banana helps in hair growth while its antioxidant property protects the hair from damage[2].
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Ayurvedic View
Banana might be beneficial in hair growth due to its Balya (strength provider) property that helps fulfil the deficiency of certain nutrients necessary for hair growth. It also helps prevent the condition of hair fall which occurs due to an imbalanced Vata dosha. It moisturises dry hair and improves the quality due to its Vata balancing and Snigdha (oily) properties.

Q. What happens if you rub Banana peel on your face?

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Banana peel cleanses and soothes the skin due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Banana might also help in reducing scars and wounds on face due to its healing property[2][8].
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Banana peel helps to provide glow and shine when applied on face due to its Snigdha (oily effect) and Ropan (healing) properties. This also helps to retain the moisture of your skin, heal the skin faster and provide a natural shine to your face.

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