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Effect of banana on blood pressure of hypertensive individuals: a cross sectional study from Pokhara, Nepal

Medical Science, 2015, June; volume 3, issue 2, 233-7.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29387/ms.2015.3.2.233-237

Gnanakshi Dayanand, Arpana Sharma, Meraj Ahmed, Parimala Paran Jyothi, Mercy Rani

• Author information:

1Gnanakshi Dayanand , M.Sc, Lecturer, Department of Community Health Nursing, Manipal College of Medical Sciences (Nursing Programme), Phulbari, Pokhara, Nepal.

2Arpana Sharma , MBBS, Master in International Health (MIH), Master in Infectious Disease control (MIDC), Department of Community Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal.

3Meraj Ahmed , MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal.

4Parimala Paran Jyothi , MSc (N), Associate Professor, Department of obstetrics & gynecological Nursing, Navodaya College of Nursing, Raichur, Karnataka, India.

5Mercy Rani , MSc(N), Nursing supervisor pediatrics, ICU In charge, Shivam Hospital & research Center, Raichur, Karnataka, India.

Corresponding Author:

Gnanakshi Dayanand



A B S T R A C T

Background

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a critical condition which can strain the heart, injure blood vessels, leads to augment the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, and if untreated may cause death. Several herbal approaches have been made to treat hypertensive individuals. Banana is a well known tropical fruit with little known anti hypertensive properties. The objective of this research was to investigate changes in blood pressure after consuming banana among the hypertensive individuals.

Material and methods

A cross-sectional study design was used to conduct this research. Data was collected by questionnaire and personal interviewing. Two ripened bananas (Musa acuminata) were provided to each subject for 20 days. Blood pressures of the participants were taken before and after the experimentation.

Results

Most of the subjects were in the age group >60 years followed by 30-40 years and 51-60 years. 57.1% of the respondents were female. Noticeable changes observed in the pre and post experimentation results. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure was significantly decreased after banana consumption.

Conclusion

Results of this research strongly supports that banana contains phytochemicals, thus its intake significantly reduces blood pressure among hypertensive individuals. However, more clinical studies in human are still required that may provide evidence of efficacy.
Keywords

Blood pressure, banana, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, Nepal.

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APA

Dayanand, G., Sharma, A., Ahmed, M., Jyothi, PP & Rani, M. (2015). Effect of banana on blood pressure of hypertensive individuals: a cross sectional study from Pokhara, Nepal. Medical Science, 3 (2), 233-237. Retrieved from http://www.pubmedhouse.com/journals/ms/articles/1049/PMHID1049.pdf

MLA

Dayanand, Gnanakshi, Arpana Sharma, Meraj Ahmed, Parimala Paran Jyothi & Mercy Rani. "Effect of banana on blood pressure of hypertensive individuals: a cross sectional study from Pokhara, Nepal." Medical Science [Online], 3.2 (2015): 233-237. Web. 30 June. 2015

AMA

Dayanand G, Sharma A, Ahmed M, Jyothi PP, Rani M. Effect of banana on blood pressure of hypertensive individuals: a cross sectional study from Pokhara, Nepal.Medical Science. 2015; 3(2): 233-7. Available at: http://www.pubmedhouse.com/journals/ms/articles/1049/PMHID1049.pdf

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Article information

Received: Apr. 30, 2015
Revised: June. 3, 2015
Accepted: June. 18, 2015
Published online: June. 30, 2015


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