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The Many Charms of Banana

Updated on November 9, 2009

Who says that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, it’s not as it should be after a series of studies about bananas. Some of the vitamins in the bananas are two and three times more than in the apple fruit. This elongated, edible fruit, having a thick yellowish to reddish skin and white, aromatic, seedless pulp is known for promoting healthy digestion and help build sound and regenerated tissues. Bananas consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, which makes them ideal for an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy.

Bananas are originally from Malaysia. Bananas are the fruit of a plant of the genus Musa (family Musaceae), which are cultivated primarily for food, and secondarily for the production of fibers that are used, for example, in the textile industry. They were then brought to India around the 6th century. Banana plantations were set up in southern China by 200 A.D and were considered to be exotic fruits during these times. Many said that when Alexander the Great visited India during his campaign in 327 A.D., he began to love bananas and took them to the western world.

This amazing fruit comes in yellow, green, and red varieties and has been proven to have a number of medicinal benefits.

A source of Potassium. Because of their impressive potassium content, bananas are highly recommended by doctors for patients whose potassium is low. A 9-inch banana packs 602 mg of potassium and only carries 140 calories. That same large banana even has 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Higher levels of potassium in the body can reduce the possibility of a stroke. Studies show that potassium can help in improving a person's alertness. However, it should be noted that excessive quantities of potassium cause decreased heart muscle activity.

Major source of vitamins and minerals. Bananas are high in iron, and bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia. Large-size bananas have high amounts of vitamin A in them. This is essential for the development of specialized tissue in the eyes. It is also important for the growth of the skin and soft skeletal tissue. Vitamin B is also present in the form of Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Folic acid. These help in calming the nervous system. Bananas also have a small amount of Vitamin C in them.

Instant relief from insect bites. The inside of a banana skin can help ease the itchiness of an insect bite. Before reaching for an insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with it. It helps reduce the swelling and the irritation.

Dietary food against intestinal disorders. Banana is very helpful for people, who are suffering from stomach ulcers and diarrhea. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronic ulcer cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. Because this fruit is high in fiber, it can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

An ideal dietary supplement. Bananas may be one of the best fruits to eat when trying to lose weight. This wonderful fruit is full of nutrients for increased energy and vitality. They are also low in calories and fat.

Nicotine withdrawal. The combination of Vitamin C, A1, B6, and B12, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, helps the body to recover from the result of nicotine withdrawal.

If an apple a day has become part of your normal daily diet, why not shift to bananas? After all, it must be the reason why monkeys are so happy all the time.




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