Effect of banana on cold stress test & peak expiratory flow rate in healthy volunteers

Indian J Med Res. 1999 Jul:110:27-9.


The effect of banana on cold stress induced hypertension, peak expiratory flow rate and plasma ACE activity in healthy human volunteers was tested. Systolic blood pressure (P < 0.005), diastolic blood pressure (P < 0.025) and mean arterial blood pressure (P < 0.005) were significantly decreased during cold stress after banana treatment compared to controls subjected to cold stress. There was no significant changes in heart rate and peak expiratory flow rate but only significant decrease in plasma ACE activity after banana treatment. Banana decreased the rise of systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure in healthy volunteers subjected to cold stress test without much effect on heart rate and peak expiratory flow rate.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cold Temperature*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / diet therapy*
  • Hypertension / etiology
  • Male
  • Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A / blood
  • Reference Values
  • Respiratory Function Tests*
  • Zingiberales*


  • Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A