Let's Go Bananas! Gren Bananas and their Health Benefits

Pril (Makedon Akad Nauk Umet Odd Med Nauki). 2017 Sep 1;38(2):147-151. doi: 10.1515/prilozi-2017-0033.


Bananas have enormous health benefits as a food for both animals and humans. They have been used as a complimentary medicine to treat pathological conditions since ancient times. Recently, there has been increased interest in the scientific validity of the beneficial effects of bananas in alleviating and treating disease conditions including, ulcers, infections, diabetes, diarrhea, colitis and blood pressure. Herein, we write on the potential therapeutic and functional benefits of certain species of bananas when consumed green as well as considering the properties of extracts from the non-fruit parts of the plant. We conclude that green bananas appear to deliver an array of health and therapeutic benefits.

Keywords: Banana; Green banana; Health; Musa paradisiacal; Nutrition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diet, Healthy*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Fruit* / classification
  • Humans
  • Musa* / chemistry
  • Musa* / classification
  • Nutritive Value*
  • Plant Extracts / isolation & purification
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*


  • Plant Extracts