Healthy benefits of Banana

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Healthy benefits of Banana

Bananas are one of the world's most appealing fruits. Global banana exports reached about 21 million tons in 2017, according to the United Nations. Fresh, creamy, and delicious dessert bananas are one of the cheapest and readily available fruits all year round. Bananas may have been the world's first cultivated fruit.

Botanically, it belongs to the family of Musaceae. Commercially, it is one of the widely cultivated crops in the tropical and subtropical zones. Scientific name: Musa acuminata Colla. Banana is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows from the underground rhizome. It flourishes well under tropical, moisture-rich, humid, low-lying farmlands. Banana has unique growth characteristics. In fact, the whole plant is a false stem (pseudostem). This pseudostem is consisting of broad leaves, together with their long petioles, overlapping each other in a disc-like fashion. A wide variety of health benefits are associated with the curvy yellow fruit.

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  • Bananas are good for your heart. They are packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating.

  • Bananas' high potassium and low sodium content may also help protect your cardiovascular system against high blood pressure, according to the FDA.

  • Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter.

  • Vitamin B6 can help you sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles. Additionally, the tryptophan in bananas is well known for its sleep-inducing properties.

  • Bananas are high in fiber, which can help keep you regular. One banana can provide nearly 10 percent of your daily fiber requirement.

  • Vitamin B6 can also help protect against type 2 diabetes and aid in weight loss. In general, bananas are a great weight loss food because they taste sweet and are filling, which helps curb cravings.

  • Bananas may support gut health and control blood sugar.

  • Resistant starch increases the production of short chain fatty acids in the gut, which is necessary to gut health.

  • For replenishing energy and electrolytes, bananas can be more effective than sports drinks.

  • The banana's serotonin and dopamine improved the athletes' antioxidant capacity and helped with oxidative stress, improving performance overall.

  • Bananas can help prevent macular degeneration, an incurable condition, which blurs central vision.

  • Bananas are still helpful in keeping bones strong. Bananas contain an abundance of fructooligosaccharides. These are non digestive carbohydrates that encourage digestive-friendly probiotics and enhance the body's ability to absorb calcium.

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  • Bananas may be protective against kidney cancer. Bananas may be helpful in preventing kidney cancer because of their high levels of antioxidant phenolic compounds. Women eating four to six bananas a week halved their risk of developing kidney cancer.

  • The potassium in bananas is correlated with women giving birth to baby boys.

  • Bananas may also help prevent gestational diabetes.

  • Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.

  • Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.

  • Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.

  • Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.

  • Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.

  • Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.

  • Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.

  • Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.



 

Bananas are a sugary fruit, so eating too many and not maintaining proper dental hygiene practices can lead to tooth decay. They also do not contain enough fat or protein to be a healthy meal on their own, or an effective post-workout snack. Eating bananas become significantly risky only if you eat too many. If you eat dozens of bananas every day, there may be a risk of excessively high vitamin and mineral levels.

This wealth of nutrients makes bananas a “superfood” that should be an integral part of your healthy daily regimen.

 

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