Bananas are easily available, delicious, and most importantly, extremely nutritious.There are about 300 species of banana but only about 20 varieties which are cultivated commercially. And these come in different sizes.When ripened, the peel looks yellow. It can simply be peeled and eaten as it is. The fruit is sweet, and its texture soft, smooth, with a creamy yet firm pulp which is easy on digestion.
Bananas have very high substance of potassium, a mineral that is needed to the normal muscular function, in both voluntary muscles (e.g. the arms and hands) and involuntary muscles (e.g. the heart and intestines).Bananas are also a good source of dietary fiber, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. This is also one of the few fruits which are rich in vitamin B-thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), folate (B6) and very little B5 and B12.Compared to an apple,it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice all the other vitamins and minerals.Bananas also have ample amounts of copper (to prevent graying hair), chromium, fluoride, manganese, selenium (to prevent pigmentation) and zinc.
Bananas have been known to improve a number of short and long term conditions. When taken constantly over time, it has also been noted to lower the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!Banana consumption has been believed to be helpful in overcoming or preventing many illnesses and conditions. Here are a few of them:
Anemia: Bananas deliver iron which is necessary for the production of hemoglobin, myoglobin and many enzymes needed for the formation of red blood cells.
Blood Pressure: A recent study has discovered that “two bananas a day will keep blood pressure at bay”. This is unquestionably a cheaper and much healthier alternative to expensive drugs.
Brain Food: Some research has shown that students eating banana at breakfast, break and lunch are more active in the class. The potassium in banana increase their brain power, assisting much in their learning ability.
Constipation: The pectin substance in bananas is water-absorbent, creating the needed bulk in easing constipation. Obviously a healthier choice over laxatives.
Diarrhea: Consume a ripe banana. It normalizes colonic functions in the large intestine by absorbing large amounts of water and assists control proper bowel movements.
Energy: The carbohydrates substance in bananas is used as fuel for your muscles. Eating bananas is a very good energy booster for athletes
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, start eating a banana to counteract the stomach acidity for a soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas often helps to keep your blood sugar levels up, thus preventing the nauseous feeling.
Quit Smoking: The vitamins B6 and B12, and the potassium-magnesium mixture found in bananas has a deep effect in helping the body improve from nicotine withdrawal of one who is trying to quit smoking.
Stomach Ulcer: This is the only fruit that a chronic ulcer sufferer can eat without causing pain in the stomach. It neutralizes the over-acidity of the gastric juices and lowers the irritation of the ulcer by coating the stomach lining. Ripe bananas relieve acute symptoms and promote the healing process.
Stress: When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, causing the body potassium levels to be reduced. By snacking on the potassium-packed banana, it helps to rebalance the vital mineral, and helps normalize the heartbeat. This in turn sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body’s water balance.
CONSUMPTION TIPS Consume bananas when they just about ripe. This is the time when the carbohydrate content is lower than when it gets fully ripe. Unripened bananas do not taste as lovely and may be hard to digest. Keep raw bananas at room temperature so that it will ripen naturally.
We cannot juice bananas, but I am covering bananas in this juicing site because of its higher benefits.The closest we get to juicing bananas is by blending them with a blender mixed with other juices, making rich, creamy and yummy smoothies.All fruits and vegetables have certain amount of potassium, but those with the highest potassium content are: oranges, avocados, spinach, celery and turnips.