Better wound healing: Banana peels instead of patches?
Bananas are not only delicious, they are also very healthy. The fruits are rich in minerals and vitamins and ensure a fast energy boost. In some poorer countries, the banana is also used for wound healing. Researchers in Germany have now taken a closer look at the healing power of the fruit.
Home remedies for the treatment of simple wounds
After minor injuries one often gets the advice to try it with salt, because salt water accelerates the wound healing. Others recommend treating wounds with fresh garlic. For superficial, slightly oozing and less bleeding wounds, zinc can contribute to better healing. And in many developing countries, open wounds are covered with banana leaves or shells instead of a patch, so even larger wounds can be treated successfully.
70 different ingredients identified
A team of scientists at the private Jacobs University Bremen around chemistry professor dr. Nikolai Kuhnert has now taken a closer look at the healing power of bananas.
As the college reported in a communication published by the “Science Information Service” (idw), the researchers identified 70 different ingredients that could be responsible for wound healing.
The results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization.
Antibacterial and disinfecting
The fruit is characterized – as well as coffee or tea – by many polyphenolic, ie aromatic compounds. Some of them are antibacterial and disinfecting, which helps to protect a wound from bacterial infections.
Others, on the other hand, have an astringent, astringent effect – an effect that can be felt on the tongue, for example. When these compounds hit the skin, they change their proteins and form a kind of protective layer over the wound, the message says.
In order to determine exactly, which healing power the individual connections have, further, elaborate attempts would have to be carried out, because for wound healing a whole set of factors plays a role.
“Through research, we have gained a deeper understanding of a traditional medicine,” says Kuhnert.