13 Amazing Benefits of Banana Fruit For Health. Bananas are edible fruits. In some countries, bananas used for cooking are known as plantains. The fruit is variable in size, colour and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe.
They contain three natural sugars. These are sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes!
Furthermore, energy is not the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it A MUST to add to our daily diet.
1. BRAIN POWER
Scientists have discovered that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making us more alert. A research was conducted recently on some students and the discovery was that these students were helped through their exams by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. And it sure did, by their examination results!
2. TRANQUIL NERVES
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. We all know that there are overweight people out there in offices and other daily endevours, right? Research has shown that pressure at work leads to consuming comfort food like chocolate and chips. Researchers also found out that in some hospital patients tested, the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.
The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
3. TEMPERATURE CONTROL
In some parts of the world, bananas are seen as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Bananas are high in iron, and so it can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood thereby helping in fighting anemia.
5. BLOOD PRESSURE
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. In the US today, the Food and Drug Administration regulatory body has granted the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Due to its high fiber content, the inclusion of bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
7. MORNING SICKNESS
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
8. MOSQUITO BITES
The inside of a banana skin, when rubbed on the affected area of the skin where there is mosquito bite, can help to reduce the swelling and irritation that would have ensued. Therefore, try this rather than reaching out for the insect bite cream.
A research done recently with people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana! This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
10. PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)
The vitamin B6 present in banana helps to regulate blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood positively. So, forget the pills, and eat a banana today!
If you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. This is because bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body.
Banana can also be used as dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. It helps to calm the stomach and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
From the foregoing, you will agree with me that banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When compared with an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, FIVE TIMES the vitamin A and iron, and TWICE the other vitamins and minerals!