4. Reduces hypertension
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the world’s most significant health problems. Millions of people suffer from this condition, often not knowing they have it. Untreated or undetected, hypertension can lead to cardiovascular disease and death. Many people take medication for their high blood pressure problems, but nature can also help in the form of the fantastic banana flower.
Because they are high in various nutrients, the banana flower can naturally help you in your efforts to reduce your blood pressure. The reason why banana flowers can help to fight hypertension and heart disease is that they contain flavonoids, tannins, acids and other antioxidants that help to counteract free radicals. Free radicals are associated with various ailments, include heart disease and cancer.
Another delicious way of enjoying banana flowers is in the form of a stirfry. Chop a large prepared banana flower, and add to a bowl of water and lemon juice. Cook 1 cup of mung beans until well done. In a pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil. When hot, add a handful of chana dal and cook until golden. Then add a handful of urad dal, and saute until golden.
Add a sprig of curry leaves, 2 dried red chilies, 1 sliced onion, and salt. When the onions turn golden brown, add the drained banana flower pieces and cook until the flowers are tender. Add the mung beans and a paste of ½ cup of grated coconut, ½ teaspoon of whole cumin seeds, 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped), ½ tsp turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon of water ground together. Cook for a few minutes and serve with bread or rice.