“Puso ng saging,” or some call it as banana flower, banana blossom or banana heart is a teardrop shaped, the purple flower-like thing found at the end of the banana fruit cluster.
It is mostly used as a vegetable, widely included in Asian cuisines and can be eaten either raw or steamed. Banana flowers are used as an ingredient in cooking curries, soups, fried foods, and other favorite dishes.
Aside from this, it also contains Vitamin A, B, C, E, fiber, thiamin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. It is also packed with calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, manganese, iron, potassium, zinc, protein and carbohydrates.
It has antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-cancer, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals that have negative effects on the body.
Some Of Its Beneficial Effects In The Body’s Health Are As Follows:
Reduces Risk Of Hypertension
Daily consumption of banana blossom can lower your blood pressure, therefore decreases your chances of getting hypertension.
Bananas have protease inhibitors, which removes the bacteria linked to the development of stomach ulcers and suppresses the acid secretion in that area.
As reported by India Times, the high iron content of banana heart increases the body’s level of hemoglobin and can prevent the condition of anemia.
Consumption of banana heart can improve your digestion – which will lead you to relieve your constipation. Its insoluble fiber is the one that aids in digestion.
Its anti-cancer properties can help prevent and kill cancer cells while still at an early stage.
Strengthens The Uterus
This benefits women. Just mix the banana heart, cumin seeds, and small peppercorns. Boil them in water and add ¼ teaspoons each of salt and turmeric powder.
Help Weight Loss
The fiber content of banana flower can help overweight individuals to reduce extra pounds.
Its richness in potassium can help in reducing your risk of having kidney stones.
It helps fight free radicals, thus slows down aging and cures other health issues.
Helps You With Your Diabetes
When boiled and eaten, a banana heart can lower your blood sugar levels and increase the production of insulin in your body.
Regulates Menstrual Cycle
The banana heart can lessen excessive bleeding during heavy period days and it can also control the menstrual cycle.
Magnesium, found in banana flower, has the ability to combat depression, anxiety, and improve the mood of a person.