Banana is one of the most popular and widely consumed fruit all over the world. It is universally known as the natural remedy for many gastronomical problems, anemia etc. Rich in nutrients and low in cost, the golden fruit is considered the best value fruit globally. Packed with the rich nutritional punch it is a must-have for pregnant and anemic women. Its rich potassium content reduces the risk of stroke and helps preserve bone density. High in fiber, it is also known to lower blood glucose and insulin levels.
It is rich in carbohydrates and packed with natural sugar like sucrose, fructose, and glucose. Unlike the common myth, the insoluble fiber in it helps in smoothing bowel movement, improving absorption of nutrients and vitamins that keeps the heart-healthy.
Two bananas can give sustained energy for a rigorous one-hour workout. Besides being a number one energy booster it builds immunity. That’s why it is recommended as must-have in our daily diet.
Banana is the number one fruit with leading athletes because it gives an instant, robust and substantive boost of energy.
Banana is known to uplift a depressed mood. It contains tryptophan, which is an amino acid, known as protein building blocks, that the body converts into serotonin which relaxes tensed nerves, uplifts mood and makes one feel happy. Bananas boost serotonin levels in the brain that in turn regulates mood, improves sleep and memory.
Banana is a must-have for women during PMS. The vitamin B6 in it regulates blood glucose levels which eases PMS symptoms.
The high iron content in banana increases the hemoglobin level in the blood. It is a must-have for anemic people.
It is also known to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke because it is rich in potassium and low in salt.
Banana is known to enhance brainpower. The potassium-packed fruit assists learning by keeping students mentally alert.
Bananas are known as natural laxatives for constipated bowel. Its contains insoluble fiber which helps move the food from the digestive tract and helps smooth bowel movement.
A little known fact is that it works wonders in treating hangovers. Banana milkshake with honey is one of the quickest cure for treating a hangover. It soothes the stomach and restores the depleted blood sugar in the body and milk re-hydrates the system.
Bananas act as a natural antacid and are known to treat heartburn. If you suffering from heartburn, eat a banana for soothing relief.
Banana has been found to be amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation. Try rubbing the inside of a banana skin in case of an insect bite before reaching for an insect bite cream.
Banana because of its soft texture and smoothness is also used to treat intestinal disorders. It is the only fruit that can be eaten in chronic ulcers. It neutralizes acidity by forming a coating on the irritated stomach lining.
Bananas are also recommended for the treatment of diarrhea. Banana is rich in potassium and it replenishes the electrolytes like potassium lost in large quantities in diarrhea.
Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that plays an important role in preserving memory and boosting your mood. An average 21-25 gm is recommended for women and 30-38 gm for men.
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by Pragya Sinha