When the plantain is hard upon pressure and green, you know it’s unripe. You kept it back in a cool to medium space to ripe. You visit a market and while shopping, you saw unripe plantain shove in your face to buy but you don’t give it a thought but quickly opt for the ripe or over-ripe type. Well, you might be missing out on so many health benefits.
The unripe plantain you kept back, waiting for it to ripe is loaded with abundant essential minerals and vitamins such as dietary fiber, iron, potassium, vitamin B-complex, magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin.
These are 10 health benefits you’ll be getting from eating unripe plantain.
1. It enriches your heart.
Unripe plantain contains some amount of serotonin which dilates the arteries, improves blood flow and reduces homocysteine (a condition that causes coronary artery disease and stroke).
In addition, its richness in potassium makes it heart friendly by preventing heart attack and hypertension through the control of heart rate and blood pressure in your body and cell. Also, its fiber content is very helpful for reducing cholesterol level which reduces the risk of developing any heart diseases.
2. It can treat anemia and neuritis.
It’s presence of vitamin B6 can help in curing neuritis (inflammation of the nerve) and anemia: a medical condition where someone is having low red blood cells in the blood which causes weakness.
When you add it to your meal plan for proper consumption, it can cure anemia and neuritis which also serves as a preventive measure.
3. It’s a very good meal for weight loss and healthy eating.
It’s relatively low in carbohydrates, with high fiber content, essential vitamins, and minerals. When you eat it with lots of vegetable soup and chicken, it makes a great weight loss and healthy meal.
4. Eating unripe plantain helps with the circulatory and digestive system.
5. Its source of vitamin A, B6 and C helps with better vision, better skin complexion, builds immunity against diseases and free radicals.
6. It helps with the bowel movement.
Its richness in fiber makes bowel movement easier which also reduce constipation.
7. It makes a helpful meal for diabetics.
Unripe plantain is very low in sugar compared to ripe or overripe plantain and this makes it a good choice for diabetes especially when added with other fiber and protein rich food such as green vegetables. Thus, it makes a right choice for preventing diabetes.
8. It helps build and strengthen stronger bones.
Unripe plantain is rich in calcium which is the essential mineral needed for stronger bones, muscles, nails and teeth. A meal with unripe plantain will prevent diseases such as osteoporosis which involves the weakening of the bones and causes fractures.
9. It can prevent ulcer
Various studies conducted have shown that unripe plantain contains phytochemical properties such as leucocyanidin which can prevent an ulcer.
10. It boosts sexual performance
Making unripe plantain part of your healthy meal plan will help you in improving sexual performance through increased libido, improve male fertility, thicker sperm, and volume.
Food recipes such as unripe plantain with ginger and garlic, roasted or parboil can work wonders.
In conclusion, now you can imagine all the health benefits eating unripe plantain does to your body, can do, and all the prevention and diseases it might be curing.
Add unripe plantain to your meal plan today and start enjoying the many medicinal and therapeutic properties it possesses.
You can enjoy it cook which is my favorite by parboiling it in other not to relatively kill its nutrients, fry and make into flour for pudding swallow food.
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