Monday, 31 December 2018

Green Banana, the Best for the Prevention and Treatment of Diarrhea

By Kyle J. Norton

Banana is the common name of a genus of tropical herbaceous plants. It can grow from 3 to 9 m and belongs to the family of the lily and the orchid.

Diarrhea is a condition of frequent bowel movements with three loose or liquid each day. A prolonged period of diarrhea may result in dehydration due to fluid loss. 

Infections by bacteria such as Salmonella or Escherichia coli are the most common causes of acute diarrhea. Patients with acute diarrhea usually are recovered within a week or 2 with or without medication.

However, patients with some bowel diseases such as such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease also frequently experience the chronic condition, which can not be cured unless the diseases are treated.

In some case, chronic frequent and severe diarrhea can be a sign of intestinal disease or a functional bowel disorder.

Most common symptoms diarrhea include loose, watery stools. abdominal pain and gastrointestinal discomforts. In the severe case, patients may also experience symptoms of fever and blood in the stool.

Some researchers suggested that symptoms of diarrhea accompanied by blood in the stool is also a sign of colon cancer.

Dr. Jia Cai, the lead scientist at the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, in the differentiated the incidence of colon polyps, cancer, and colitis for the chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, and constipation suggested that there are no significant difference was found in the positive rate of colon polyps, cancer and ulcerative colitis among these 2 groups divided by symptoms.

The team continued, "The incidence of colon polyps, cancer, and colitis for chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, and constipation group are 20.8%, 57.1%, 42.9% respectively. The incidence of colon polyps and cancer increases with age. Among the age groups 13-39 years old, 40-59 years and > 60 years, the incidence is 7.9%, 13.6%, 22.4% respectively".

Therefore, if you have diarrhea with symptoms of chronic abdominal pain, please check with your doctor to rule out the possibility of colon polyps, cancer, and ulcerative colitis.

Most cases of acute and chronic diarrhea can be treated successfully by natural whole foods and herbal remedies with no side effects.

On finding a natural source with no side effects for the treatment of diarrhea associated with enteral feedings remains a problem for clinicians, researchers evaluated the effects of flakes in controlling diarrhea in critically ill patients receiving enteral feedings.

The study includes 31 patients with diarrhea and receiving enteral feedings randomized to receive either banana flakes or medical treatment for diarrhea.

Both banana flakes and medical treatments reduced the severity of diarrhea in critically ill tube-fed patients.

Over the course of treatment, the banana flake group scored diarrhea mean of 21.64 +/- 7.81 compared to 25.41 +/- 9.76 to the medical group. Both groups achieved similar levels of nutrition support.

The banana flake group had less diarrhea clinically, with 57% of the subjects diarrhea free on their last study day as opposed to 24% of the medically treated subjects.

This occurred despite a threefold increase in the number of patients testing positive for Clostridium difficile toxin in the banana flake group.

Dr. Emery EA, the lead author said, " banana flakes can be used as a safe, cost-effective treatment for diarrhea in critically ill tube-fed patients".

Moreover, in order to understand the anti-diarrhea effect of banana, researchers evaluated the therapeutic effects of green banana or pectin in children with persistent diarrhea.

The double-blind trial, 62 boys, age 5-12 months, were randomly given a rice-based diet containing either 250 g/L of cooked green banana (n = 22) or 4 g/kg pectin (n = 19) or the rice-diet alone (control, n = 21), providing 54 kcal/dL daily for 7 days.

The results of stool analysis showed that
* Most children (60%) had no pathogens isolated from stools, 17% had rotavirus, 5% Vibrio cholerae, 4% Salmonella group B, and 11% had enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli infections.

* By day 3 posttreatment, significantly (P < 0.001) more children recovered from diarrhea receiving pectin or banana compared to control and by day 4, these proportions correspondingly increased to 82%, 78%, and 23%, respectively.

These results strongly indicated green banana and pectin significantly reduced amounts of stool, oral rehydration solution, intravenous fluid, and numbers of vomiting, and diarrheal duration.

Dr. Rabbani GH, the lead scientist wrote in the final report, "Green banana and pectin are useful in the dietary the management of persistent diarrhea in hospitalized children and may also be useful to treat children at home".

 In support to the above results, the Hospital Universitario de Maracaibo strongly suggested that green plantain showed to be effective in the dietary management of persistent diarrhea, in a prospective, in-hospital controlled trial, two different treatments were administered to a sample of 80 children of both sexes, with ages ranging from 1 to 28 months.

Taken altogether, green banana may be considered a functional food for the prevention and treatment of  diarrhea with no side effects

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Banana flakes control diarrhea in enterally fed patients by Emery EA1, Ahmad S, Koethe JD, Skipper A, Perlmutter S, Paskin DL. (PubMed)
(2) Clinical studies in persistent diarrhea: dietary management with green banana or pectin in Bangladeshi children by Rabbani GH1, Teka T, Zaman B, Majid N, Khatun M, Fuchs GJ. (PubMed)
(3) Beneficial role of green plantain [Musa paradisiaca] in the management of persistent diarrhea: a prospective randomized trial by Alvarez-Acosta T1, León C, Acosta-González S, Parra-Soto H, Cluet-Rodriguez I, Rossell MR, Colina-Chourio JA. (PubMed)

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