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Bananas are elongated crescent-shaped edible fruit with a soft flesh from blossomy plants of the Musa breed. There are lots of banana varieties and the two specific kinds is the “Musa Paradisiacal” known as the banana plantain and the “Musa nana or Musa sapienta” known as the sweet banana, which is covered with a peel that varies from colors of yellow, red and green. The sweet bananas are often eaten raw and sometimes added as an ingredient in pastries and smoothies. While the banana plantains are starchy and usually used in cooking, it is more likely considered as vegetables and has higher beta carotene than the sweet bananas.

Top 10 health benefits of banana

Bananas are one of the most eaten fruits worldwide, not only that, it tastes delicious, but for the reason that it is just as healthy and nutritious as eating apples. Though, you can get more calories from eating bananas than of apples which is why most of the athletes eat bananas to regain their energy.

Here are the Health Benefits of Banana:

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1. Helps Regulate the Digestion and Bowel Movements.

Bananas have insoluble fibers which travel to our digestive tract that sweeps up waste and makes bowel movements easy to pass. It is also an excellent remedy for diarrhea since it contains pectin – a water-soluble fiber that aids in absorbing fluids in our digestive system. Though, consumption of bananas must be moderate, since too much intake may lead to constipation.

2. Prevent Morning Sickness

For pregnant women, eating banana is a must especially in the morning after waking up to avoid morning sickness. Bananas have its calming properties which help regenerate the body, revitalize a healthy blood sugar level and helps prevent nausea.

3. Gives Natural Energy

Bananas contain vitamins A, C and B6, potassium, carbohydrates, iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and zinc which contribute and supply natural energy. It also contains three combinations of natural sugars such as glucose, fructose and sucrose that may give you additional energy potential. Consuming two bananas will give you enough strength to workout for an hour.

4. Remedy for Hangover

Bananas can be an excellent food for a hangover the next morning, the moment when you drink too much the other night. Since you don’t have an appetite to eat solid foods, you may make a creamy banana smoothie that will serve as a good energy drink which will absolutely make you feel better.

5. Relieve Stomach Ulcers

Banana provides a healthy stomach, in a way that it helps attain thicker mucus lining which protects the stomach from stomach acids. Bananas help relieve stomach ulcers since it has the capacity to exclude the bacteria and balance the acidity of foods we eat.

6. Good for the Heart

Bananas are rich in mineral known as potassium which is necessary for our organs, particularly the heart to work normally. Potassium circulates through the body cells, which brings oxygen to the brain. This will prevent heart diseases and lessen the risk of stroke.

7. Helps Improve Your Mood

Bananas help reduce stress and boost your mood since it contains amino acid tryptophan which turns into serotonin. Our body requires proper serotonin levels that improves mood, happiness, positive outlook and helps regulate good sleep. Bananas are an ideal snack for those who are stressed at work.

8. An Ally for Weight Loss

Bananas may help you lose weight since it is high in dietary fiber which absorbs water in your stomach that would keep you from feeling hungry for a longer time.

9. A Good Source of Iron

Bananas may help people with iron deficiency. Eating bananas regularly along with other foods that is rich in iron will restore your health and will keep you from having anemia, headaches and fatigue.

10. Helps Treat Skin Problems

Banana peel can be used externally as a treatment for skin conditions such as warts, acne and psoriasis. The freshly peeled skins of banana are rubbed lightly on the affected area and leave it on, it is better to do it at night before going to sleep so that you may avoid the smell of banana when you’re outdoors.

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11 Responses

  1. Eric Aparri

    July 30th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    1

    I love banana and i thought it only has potassium but when i read this article, WOW it gives so much nutrients to our body.

  2. Svetlana L

    July 31st, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    2

    Very useful info. Thanks :)

  3. Mai Tran

    August 1st, 2014 at 3:17 am

    3

    I heard bananas also help with bad breath.

  4. helen gatbonton

    August 1st, 2014 at 9:52 am

    4

    Banana is one of my favorite fruits because it contains a lot of benefit like potassium

  5. Jennifer Hiles

    August 1st, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    5

    I knew bananas were good for me but I had no idea of all the health benefits. I love that they aid in weight loss and improve your mood!

  6. Cathy Frith

    August 2nd, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    6

    never knew bananas had so many benefits.

  7. Sheryl An Mungcal

    August 2nd, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    7

    banana is my favorite fruit. lots of different kinds of banana,.

  8. Claidelyn D. de Leyola

    August 3rd, 2014 at 5:16 am

    8

    Wow.. i never knew its benefits before.. it’s one of my favorite fruit:)

  9. sherry ann gole cruz

    August 3rd, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    9

    i shoud serve banana to my kids regularly! thanks for the post!

  10. Henry DM

    August 7th, 2014 at 2:25 am

    10

    We never ran out of banana on our table coz we know it’s health benefits. It good to eat it before meals

  11. Raquel Solis

    August 10th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    11

    my childrens most favorite fruit Banana!


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