The medicinal benefits, phytochemical constituents and antioxidant properties of banana blossom: A mini review
Keywords:Antioxidants, banana blossom, medicinal benefits, Musaceae, phytochemicals
Banana (Musaceae spp.) is a well-known food crop, mainly consumed as a significant yield in most developing countries. However, its blossoms will always end up as agriculture wastes. These by-products are also rich in bioactive compounds and are highly required for our health maintenance. Recent studies have reported that banana blossom contains comparable phytochemical contents. Therefore, this review aims to study the phytochemical constituents, antioxidant properties and medicinal benefits of banana blossoms, making it a potential functional food with diverse nutraceutical values. All information and studies used in this review were collected from various online databases, such as Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, Science Direct and Google Scholar. From the literature studies, this review had discovered the bioactive compounds contained in this banana blossom, such as phenolics, flavonoids, dietary fibers, tannins, saponins and vitamins; and potential biological activities of this banana blossom, such as antioxidant, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Thus, it can be concluded that banana blossoms contain appropriate quantities of beneficial secondary metabolites that are significant in maintaining good health. More research into the medicinal potential of banana blossom can be done to provide new approaches to treating and preventing a variety of medical conditions.