Posted by Tania Mirza Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Vitamins and Minerals: Banana high in Vitamins, as Vitamin A is important for development of tissue in eyes and growth of the skin. Vitamin B is also present which help in calming the nervous system.
Blood Pressure: Banana is a natural source of potassium. Potassium is important for the human body as it helps in body’s fluid level, body cells and controlling in blood pressure.
Ulcers: Bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach and reduce acidity. Thus problem of ulcer reduces.
Anemia: Banana rich in iron, which improve the body’s hemoglobin function. Thus banana is ideal fruit for people who are suffering from Anemia.
Depression: Banana contains amino acid (tryptophan) which converted by the body into serotonin that relaxes a person.
Constipation: Banana is high in fiber, it is perfect remedy for constipation.
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking, as it contains Vitamin C, A1, B6, B12 and potassium, which help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
According to Research of “New England Journal of Medicine states” – A regular intake of banana in your diet can help reduce the possibility of stroke by up to 40 percent.
1.Banana is an energy booster.
2.Banana contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is known to make you feel happy and improve your mood.
3.Banana is a rich source of iron, thus it is helpful in cases of anemia.
4.Banana is good a good source of potassium. If you are taking diuretics take 2 bananas a day to prevent the depletion of potassium in the body.
5.The skin of the banana is said to help remove warts(cover the warts with the inner skin of banana).
6.Banana is good for people who have high blood pressure because it is low in salt.
Banana is also helpful in the following cases : Stomach ulcer (banana has a natural antacid), Colitis, Digestive disorder, Diarrhea, Constipation (banana is high in fiber), Hemorrhoids
Nutrients in Bananas
An unripe banana contains more starch than sugar, but as it ripens its starches turn to sugar. A ripe banana consists mainly of sugars – glucose, fructose and sucrose, and fiber, making bananas an ideal source of energy. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin B6. They are a good source of vitamin C, riboflavin, magnesium, biotin and carbohydrates. A study has concluded that bananas are a potential food source for alleviating vitamin A deficiency.
Nutritive Values : Per 100 gm.
Vitamin A : 430 I.U.
Vitamin B : Thiamine .04 mg.;
Vitamin C : 10 mg.
Calcium : 8 mg.
Iron : 6 mg.
Phosphorus : 28 mg.
Potassium : 260 mg.
Carbohydrates : 23 gm
Protein : 1.2 mg.
Calories : 88
The health benefits of banana include weight loss, obesity, weight gain, intestinal disorders, constipation, dysentery, anemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, kidney disorders, urinary disorders, menstrual problems, and burns.
Banana fruit is eaten when ripe directly or as vegetables, fruit salad, juice, shakes, etc. Unripe bananas can cause severe indigestion and hence should be eaten only in cooked form.
The health benefits of banana include the following:
Weight loss and obesity: Banana is useful for weight loss as one banana having a weight of 100g contains roughly 90 calories. It contains lot of fiber and is easily digested. Further it does not contain any fats. So a overweight person does not eat too many calories if the diet contains some bananas. The roughage will also not make the person feel hungry.
Weight gain: At the same time, banana is useful for weight gain. Banana when consumed with milk helps in increasing the weight rapidly. Milk provides the necessary proteins and banana provides the sugars. Further, since banana is easily digested, a weak person can gulp 5-6 bananas in a day apart from the regular meals. This leads to an additional 500-600 calories which is quite necessary for weight gain. Since bananas have the ability to provide instant energy, sportsmen eat bananas during breaks of games.
Bananas for Cholesterol Reduction
Bananas contain the soluble fiber pectin that assists in the lowering of cholesterol. The importance of increasing the intake of water-soluble dietary fibers to help lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol) has become increasingly recognized. Well-controlled intervention studies have now shown that four major water-soluble fiber types-beta-glucan, psyllium, pectin and guar gum effectively lower serum LDL cholesterol concentrations, without affecting HDL cholesterol or triacylglycerol concentrations. It is estimated that for each additional gram of water-soluble fiber in the diet serum total and LDL cholesterol concentrations decrease by -0.028 mmol/L and -0.029 mmol/L, respectively.
Bananas for Blood Pressure
Bananas are high in potassium which is an important requirement in regulating blood pressure. Various nutrition studies have attested to the power of adequate potassium to keep blood pressure within safe levels. Blood pressure is positively associated with higher sodium, alcohol, and protein intakes; it is inversely associated with potassium, calcium, and magnesium intakes. Studies such as PREMIER have shown that salt restriction (<6 g/d), alcohol moderation (<2U/d in men and <1U/d in women), weight loss (if BMI>25), exercise, and a DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) (supplying 20-30 mmol/d of potassium) can achieve decreases in systolic blood pressure of approximately 10 to 15 mm Hg when applied together. Decreased intakes of sodium alone, and increased intakes of potassium, calcium, and magnesium each alone decrease high blood pressure. A combination of all these factors, that is, decrease of sodium, and increase of potassium, calcium, and magnesium intakes, which are characteristic of the DASH diet, has an excellent blood pressure lowering effect.
Bananas for Reducing Risk of Stroke
A diet rich in potassium is associated with a lower risk of stroke. Data from the Harvard School of Public Health/Health Professionals Follow-Up Study of male doctors showed that a diet rich in high-potassium foods such as bananas, oranges, and plantain could reduce the risk of stroke. In the study, the men who ate the higher number of potassium-rich foods (an average of nine servings a day) had a risk of stroke 38 percent lower than that of men who consumed fewer than four servings a day.
An analysis of data from the Health Professionals Study shows 38 percent fewer strokes among men who ate nine servings of potassium rich foods a day against those who ate less than four servings. In men with high blood pressure, taking a daily 1,000 mg potas�sium supplement reduced the incidence of stroke by 60 percent, and there is approximately 420 mg potassium in a medium sized banana.
Bananas for Mood Enhancement
Bananas are rich in serotonin, dopamine, and other natural mood-elevating neurotransmitters, natural chemicals that facilitate the transmission of impulses along nerve cells.