The Health Benefits of Plantain

by Raw Diet Team on December 12, 2010

Ripe PlantainThe plantain is widely used in the world of natural cure as it is said to contain health-promoting properties.  The list of the health benefits of plantains is quite long. It has lower sugar content than the yellow bananas. It is rich in minerals and proteins and thus should be included in the Raw Diet.

Being a potent source of minerals and vitamins, inclusion of plantain in a raw food diet is sure to offer a person a wide range of health benefits. It releases energy and provides tissue-building elements. Health experts also advice the consumption of plantain for reducing the inflammation caused due to the blood poisoning.

Scientific studies have also suggested that plantains may be useful in preventing or treating kidney and bladder problems. It is also a recommended food substance for those who need treatment for dropsy, water retention and bed-wetting since it is known to dry out excess moisture. A cup of sliced plantain only contains 181 calories.

Plantain is used effectively to heal cuts and wounds. Chomped or grounded plantain paste helps in stopping bleeding. Plantain tea soothes the mucous membranes and ulcers. Stomach ailments such as diarrhea, dysentery, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome and inflamed digestible tract can be treated by consumption of plantain tea. Since plantain leaf contains phytochemicals such as salicylic acid, juice from it is effective in treating sunburns, skin irritations and scalds. Regular consumption of plantain is also helpful in making the skin healthy. It is also known to cleanse blood and is an effective cure for treating eczema, non-specific glandular diseases, and tuberculosis, syphilis and skin irritations.

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