6 Amazing Health Benefits of Banana/Plantain Stem Juice+ Recipe

We all know the benefits of eating bananas, but many of us overlook the benefit of eating banana stem. Especially banana stem juice/vazhlai thandu juice/ plantain stem juice has many health benefits and can be made at home very easily. I include banana stem at least weekly once in my lunch and love to have it with rice. These are the top health benefits of banana stem juice: 1. For Kidney Stones:  Nowadays even doctors recommend including banana stem in the diet, for patients who suffer from gall bladder stones. If you are suffering from gall bladder stones, include banana stem in the diet at least weekly once. 2. For Weight Loss: Banana stem is full of fiber, a cup of banana stem is very filling and will keep you satiated for a long time. Try to include it in your weight loss plan for fast results 3. Hyper Acidity: Drinking a cup of banana stem juice helps in treating hyper acidity. You can also have it in empty stomach 4. For Constipation : Since plantain stem is full of fiber, it will greatly help people who are constipated. If you want to consume it as a juice for treating constipation, make sure not to strain the juice. 5. For Diabetic Patients: Banana stem is excellent for diabetics, as it does not raise the blood sugar level sharply but drink the juice without straining it to retain the fiber. 6. For UTI: Banana stem juice is also very effective for treating urinary tract infections. Many people don’t use banana stem in their diet because it takes time to clean and cut the banana stem. But banana stem once cleaned and cut can be soaked in buttermilk and stored in the refrigerator for days. Everyday, you can take the required amount of the banana stem and then make the juice. If the buttermilk gets too sour, you can change the buttermilk alone. This way, we save so much of time and you can consume banana stem often too. To make the banana stem juice, take the cut banana stem along with salt, pepper, roasted jeera powder and fresh yogurt and grind to a smooth paste. Thin it down to the desired thickness with boiled water. It is really tasty and it should drunk once it is made for best results.

1. These are the freshly cut banana stems.

2. Peel the outer layer, cut into thin rounds and also remove the fiber between the rounds. Cut the rounds into small pieces and soak it in buttermilk thinned down with a little bit of water.

3. Dry roast cumin seeds and powder it using mortar and pestle.

4. Take the required amount of banana stem from the buttermilk, add fresh yogurt, roasted cumin powder, salt, fresh pepper powder and grind to a fine paste.

5. Thin it down with little bit of boiled water to the required consistency and your healthy banana stem juice is ready!


  • If you don’t like to drink as it is, you can strain it using the soup strainer.
  • Don’t add too much of roasted powder, the smell will be too over powering.
  • Store the left over banana stem soaked in the buttermilk in the refrigerator.
  • Add the cut banana stem immediately into the buttermilk, else it will discolor.
  • Drink the juice immediately once made for best results.



  1. Anonymous
    March 10, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    very nice and easy method thanks will try it nowadays enjoying eatin banana stem salad which is very tasty and nutriciouspls post this kind of healthy foods/juices which is quickly made and tasty also

  2. Raja
    April 6, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Thanks a lot for this article Ramya… Really helpful…

  3. Sunil Baboo
    May 8, 2015 / 1:41 am

    I have made this juice using a vegetable juicer and the juice is almost without fiber as the juicer strains the pulp during the process. Is this OK or shud I go by yr method?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 8, 2015 / 7:50 am

      Hi Sir, I think it will be best if you consume it with the pulp (like in the method above)….

  4. sowmy
    August 31, 2015 / 11:37 am

    I'm a breastfeeding mother of 4 month old baby.Can i take it daily morning? Will it help me with weight loss? Please answer me…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 8:00 am

      Hi Sowmy, Banana stem juice is full of fiber & has less calories so it keeps us fuller longer so it is very good to include in weight loss diet. But only having it will not result in weight loss, it should be combined with exercise and a good diet. It is safe for breast feeding mothers to consume banana stem juice, I would suggest taking it weekly twice or thrice…

  5. Yoga Breeze
    November 23, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    How often should I take Banana Stem Juice? How many times a day should I take it? And for how many days should I take it at a stretch?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 7:13 am

      Although we consume banana stem weekly once or twice at home, I know many who consume banana stem juice on a daily basis. I tried searching for any side effects of consuming banana stem juice on a regular basis but I couldn't find any. You can consume banana stem juice weekly twice or thrice safely. But if you have any medical condition or taking any medicines I would kindly suggest mentioning it your doctor especially if you are planning to take the juice daily on a long term basis…

  6. Ryde Natural Health
    December 4, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    Wow, it's a great opportunity for me to know about 6 amazing health benefits of Banana and the recipe of plantain stem juice. I will try this recipe in my home. Thanks for your nice post.

  7. manonmani velliangiri
    December 15, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Wow very good recipe. Kind suggestion from my side. Consumption of banana stem juice is not advisable.Because taking this raw juice daily separate muscles from the bone. Though it's good for all ailments weekly twice or thrice is advisable like Ramya said.If you want to confirm please confirm with Good and true naatu maruthuvar/ siddha doctor. Thanks Ramya.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 24, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks a lot for taking your time to comment…

  8. Unknown
    December 16, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Is any ayurvedic treatment for pancreas disorder

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 12:37 am

      I don't know any effective remedy for pancreas disorder but if I do I will post it in the blog…

  9. JOEP
    January 15, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    how to use the banana stem powder. could tell me please…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2016 / 4:11 am

      I have not used banana stem powder but you can mix it up in buttermilk and consume it..

  10. Sathish Kumar
    February 11, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Should it be taken in empty stomach or have any food

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 16, 2016 / 4:10 am

      This banana stem juice can be consumed any time of the day and will give wonderful benefits…

  11. Anonymous
    March 10, 2016 / 6:45 am

    article is good…i too take this juice for 3 a week..i can see good results..

  12. Anonymous
    April 2, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Hi sir. I would like to ask if the pseudostem juice alone is safe to drink? Thank you. Looking forward to your answer.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 25, 2016 / 8:15 am

      This banana stem juice is very safe to drink, we consume banana stem regularly at home. But please makes sure to remove the outer layers of the stem and also remove the fiber strands after immersing the cut banana stem in buttermilk…

  13. Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 / 7:38 am

    hai amma ….. i want to lose my weight…. pls help me…. is banana juice is good for that…… shall i drink this banana juice daily…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 9, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      Hi sir, banana stem juice is high in fiber so it will keep one satiated for a long time and you can consume it but without regular exercise and a good base line diet we will never be able to reduce body fat at all..

    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Hi, How banana stem juice will work for weight lose? how many times and days banana stem juice to take for weight loss.. is it helping to reduce weight in normal food routine? or want to include any diet plan and exercise…

  14. Anonymous
    June 2, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    one of my friend heard somewhere and shared with me that…consumption of Banana stem juice may cause of being impotent.is it true..?please share your opinion on this.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 9, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      I couldn't find any research proving that banana stem juice causes impotency..

  15. Srinivas Madigala
    June 28, 2016 / 9:24 am

    HI Ramya,I have a kidney stone which is in proximate measuring 9mm. I if take the banana stem just will it dissolve the kidney stone or will it just comes out in urine. appreciate your help here

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 8:04 am

      Taking banana stem juice will gradually reduce the size of the kidney stones, you can read the study that proves it here

  16. Anonymous
    June 29, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Sir,Some where I heard that banana stem juice very good for gallstones if it is consumed with horse gram (Kulathi) Can you please let me know more about combination of these two items and how to prepare the stuff,Please.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 8:11 am

      Banana stem is very good for treating gall stones but I am not aware of banana stem and horse gram combination for treating it…

  17. Anoop M M
    July 21, 2016 / 11:36 am

    hi,is it good for stomach problems like IBS?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 7, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      I have banana stem very often and in my personal experience, it has a soothing effect on the stomach. Though I couldn't find any research supporting this claim I can confidently say that this banana stem juice is good for IBS, just make the juice without pepper…

  18. Dev
    July 31, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Can pregnant women have it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 4:37 am

      Pregnant women can have banana stem, I love banana stem and was having it as a stir fry while I was pregnant weekly once. I couldn't find any research that proves banana stem is bad for pregnant women. But to be on the safer side I would suggest consuming it weekly twice….

  19. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 / 5:36 am

    Can Dialysis Patient with Gall stones have Banana stem juice?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 11:37 am

      I am not sure what effect banana stem juice has on a dialysis patient. I would kindly suggest consulting a physician before drinking banana stem juice on a daily basis…

  20. Anonymous
    August 14, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Hi Ramya I'm suffering from the kidney stone can u plz suggest me if I drink the bananas stem juice daily will it reduce the stone problem. I have lot of pain when I pass the urine.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 5:40 pm

      Yes, you can drink banana stem juice for treating kidney stones. I also found a clinical research the supports this use, you can find it here

  21. Missy Enders
    August 25, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    This sounds amazing. I've never hear of this before.

  22. Anonymous
    August 31, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    hi ramya,from 4 yrs. am suffering from kidney stones, none of the doctor says why it is forming on regular basis and am taking homeopathy treatment still it is forming, please advice which is natural way to reduce the reoccurrence of kidney stones and am having 3 liters of water on regular basis.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 3, 2016 / 6:34 am

      Hi sir, I would suggest taking banana stem in your diet weekly twice in the form of stir fry, it greatly prevents kidney stones and can be had continuously weekly twice for years together without side effects. Also consider taking haritaki powder for a few weeks continuously, it is a safe herb if taken in the proper dosages and will greatly help prevent kidney stones (you can read about haritaki in the blog)….

  23. Anonymous
    September 13, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Hi Ramya I have Inguinal Hernia.Someone informed me that banana stem juice can cure inguinal hernia within a week. Can you please confirm if its true.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 15, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      As far as I know banana stem prevents kidney stones and since it is high in fiber it treats constipation. But I couldn't find any research or know of anyone getting cured of Inguinal Hernia drinking banana stem juice…

  24. Unknown
    September 25, 2016 / 6:02 am

    Hi, will this juice be effective in treating gall stones, 5mm size.. If so, how long and how much should we consume ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 6, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Yes banana stem juice is very effective in treating gall stones. I would suggest taking a cup of banana stem juice 4 to 5 days….

  25. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 / 4:19 am

    Please what can one use to treat kidney cyst, overian cyst and fibroid

  26. aba patil
    November 18, 2016 / 4:55 am

    Nice and informative article

  27. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Can I take it while being pregnant

    • Anonymous
      January 16, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Since I was diagnosed with kidney stones as well

  28. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Hi Ramya. Can this juice be use for postrate disease

  29. vandana watsa
    January 21, 2018 / 9:38 am

    Hi Ramya,Can I make the juice the night before and carry it office the next day?

  30. Govinda Basu
    February 2, 2018 / 7:10 am

    Hi Ramya,Does cooked banana stem increase potassium level,or what is amount of potassium present in banana stem?

  31. Unknown
    February 27, 2018 / 7:15 am

    Please can it boost sex performance?

  32. Anonymous
    April 8, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    hai, mam i just want to know the fibre content of 1 glass of plantain stem juice???? can you clear me mam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 11, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      The crude fiber content of a banana stem ranges from 13 to 31 % depending on the variety of banana steam used for making banana stem juice so I can't pinpoint the exact amount. But whatever variety of banana stem you use for making the juice, it is very very high in fiber….

  33. H Murali
    April 14, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    Is banana stem good for prostate enlargement?

  34. Irfan
    September 5, 2018 / 8:09 am

    Kindly advise if you have seen the effect of stem juice to cure Hernia

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