Medicine in unlikely plant parts: plantain peels

While While preparing this article, I had a nostalgic feeling of my high school days. My agricultural science teacher told us that the botanical name for plantain is Musa paradisiaca. It was hilarious because Musa is a person’s name and paradisiaca also sounds like ‘Isiaka’ which is another name. Trust the students, the name has been on everyone’s lips for a long time. plantain today, but let me quickly touch on a few things. If you find orange peel tea too bitter for you as some have complained, you can sweeten it with honey. For those who want going through IVF and who are interested in pineapple leaf tea, it is used for at least two months before as well as during the IVF process.Boil a handful each time.You can also boil some water and pour over the leaves.

Plantain skin has many internal and external health benefits. Some of the main pharmacological effects of the plantain plant, including the peels, are anti-ulcer, analgesic, healing, hair growth promoter, hemostatic activity, among others. It is rich in vitamin A, allantoin, apigenin, aucubin, baicalein, linoleic acid, oleanolic acid, sorbitol and tannin which promote wound healing, accelerate cell regeneration and have skin softening effects. It can be used to treat skin disorders and blemishes such as wrinkles, skin allergies and acne. Rubbing plantain peel against your skin is one way to remove wrinkles due to its ability to tighten and tone the skin. People who have tried ripe plantain peels for skin care suggest that rubbing the peel on the face can help lighten the skin and reduce wrinkles, placing freshly peeled ripe plantain peel over closed eyes will help reduce puffiness and rub a freshly opened ripe plantain skin. on acne scars will help them fade.

In the chemical industry, the peels have shown potential for the generation of important chemicals like ethanol and alkali for soap making. It has reportedly been shown to have potential as a promising raw material that could find useful industrial applications, especially in agro-industries. The peels have been considered for use as organic fertilizers to enrich soils and improve crop production and yield. Reports have shown that the peels are a potential good substitute for cornstarch in snail feeds and are also incorporated into other waste products in pig feeds.

Also in the food industry, flour made from the peels was reportedly used to fortify wheat flour at various percentages in the production of snack foods such as cookies and sausages; serving as a good source of fiber, antioxidants and potentially beneficial to humans in the management and prevention of lifestyle-related diseases. Several studies have reported the antifungal and antibacterial activities of different parts including plantain skin for the treatment of a large number of ailments. Ethanol extracts of the peels have been used against eight human pathogens; five bacteria and three fungi and they have been shown to be effective against these human pathogens which have been implicated in several human diseases. Thus, skin extracts have been suggested for use in pharmaceutical and medical formulations.

The Head of Herbarium and Medicinal Plant Gardens, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Mr. Ife Ogunlowo, told me that ripe plantain peels are one of the constituents that his wife uses to make a medicinal plant. soap his family uses because it removes wrinkles and can moderately lighten or tone the skin without side effects. He said the unripe peels can be soaked or mixed and taken to manage high blood pressure and diabetes. He also told me that he is currently exploring the anti-aging potential of skin peels.

Scientific studies

In a study titled “Nutraceutical Potential of Ripe and Unripe Plantain Peels: A Comparative Study,” by Ibhafidon et al, the results of this study underscore the potential nutritional and medicinal importance of ripe and unripe plantain peels. Although unripe skin contains more fat, ash, fiber, carbohydrates, essential minerals and phytochemicals, both skins have shown promising potential for use in animal feed and food formulations. medicines for livestock and even for humans.

In a study titled “Phenolic Extracts from Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) Peels Inhibit Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 1 – In Vitro: Possible Antihypertensive Benefits”, by Oboh et al, the conclusion is that phenolic extracts from peels plantain could be exploited as a low-cost dietary approach for the management and prevention of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases associated with oxidative stress.

In a study titled “Potential of Plantain (Musa paradisiaca L.) Bark Flour as a Source of Dietary Fiber and Antioxidant Compounds by Agama et al,

PPF (Plantain Bark Flour) with high DF (Dietary Fiber), high antioxidant capacity and functional characteristics could be used as a functional ingredient for making food products.

In a study titled “Fermentation of Musa paradisiaca peels to produce citric acid”, by Monrroy et al, CA was successfully produced from the peels of M. paradisiaca. Thus, M. paradisiaca peels were concluded as a promising low-cost fermentable substrate for obtaining high value-added products such as CA.

In a study titled “Plantain skin – a potential source of antioxidant dietary fiber for the development of functional biscuits”, by Arun et al, the study concludes that it is a good source of dietary fiber and compounds antioxidant phytochemicals. Acceptable biscuits have been produced by replacing wheat flour with peel flour at the 10 percent level. The incorporation increased the fiber content as well as the antioxidant potential of the cookies. The peels could be used as a suitable source of dietary fiber with associated bioactive compounds and incorporated as ingredients in a wide variety of food products such as making cookies, cakes, etc.

In a study titled “Antifungal properties of bark and stem extracts of Musa paradisiaca (plantain)”, by Okorondu et al, the results of this work substantiate that the bark extracts were able to inhibit and kill the growth of food spoilage fungi and this implies that the extract can be used in food preservation. The results obtained in this work further substantiate the statement that the stem and skin extract of Musa paradisiaca (L) demonstrated antifungal action in which methanol was found to be a good solvent for the extraction account. given the higher percentage of growth inhibition of the extract on the fungi tested.

In a study titled “Potential effect of Musa paradisiaca skin extract on skin hydration”, by Cendana et al, a significant increase in skin hydration was recorded after using the cream. of skin extract.

In addition to using the peels for soap making, you can cut them into small pieces, cook them, and store them in the freezer. Then you can add the cooked peels to all your recipes. Also, you can boil your peels and drink the water. Next time I need to make plantain flour, I’ll be sure to dry the plantain with the peels and grind them together when dry.

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