Banana is one of the most popular and widely consumed fruit all over the world. Universally known as the natural remedy for many gastronomical problems, anemia etc, its nutritional value makes it best value fruit. 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 level and insulin level.
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 smoothening bowel movement, aids the 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 depressed mood. It contains tryptophan, a protein that the body converts into serotonin which relaxes tensed nerves, uplifts mood and makes one feel happy.
PMS (Pre-menstrual syndrome)
Banana is a must have for women during PMS. The vitamin B6 in it regulates blood glucose level 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 brain power. The potassium-packed fruit assists learning by keeping students mentally alert.
Bananas are known as natural laxatives for constipated bowel. Its high fiber content helps smoothen 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 rehydrates 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 the intestinal disorder. 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 diarrhoea. 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