Bananas; One of Nature’s most Underrated Foods
Bananas are perhaps one of nature’s most underrated foods. Especially when it seems as if there is always some new and exotic type of fruit that is being hyped as the next big thing. However the fact remains that bananas are a tasty super-food that can give our bodies the good stuff it needs to thrive.
They are packed full of nutrients, vitamins, fibre and all natural sugars like sucrose and fructose. That’s why it is said “eating bananas regularly can help to keep the doctor away”. In the United States, bananas are the topmost consume fruit. They are eaten more every year than apples and oranges combined. Many of us bring home a bunch of bananas from the store and eat them throughout the week.
Banana start of mostly greenish yellow and spotless. As time goes by, that bananas continuously ripen. Eventually they begin to develop brown spots which grow bigger and bigger until the entire banana is covered in brown. I have met people that are turned off by brown bananas and they think it means they are rotten so they discard them. It is justifiable to think they are rotten because most fruits that turn brown are indeed rotten and unappetizing.
However, the more dark patches a banana appears to have, the riper it is and the more TNF it contains. TNF stands for Tumor necrosis factor and it’s a cancer fighting substance. TNF helps fight against abnormal cells in our bodies. It specifically helps to assist communication between cells in our immune response system and it guide the movement of cells towards areas in our bodies which are inflamed or infected.
Research has confirmed that the TNF found in ripe bananas interferes with tumour cells growth and inhibits them from spreading by causing cell death or apoptosis. This in combination with the high levels of antioxidants which are also found in bananas, boosts your immune systems and can increase your white blood cells. Eating a banana with brown spots will give your body a mini health boost and some extra energy.
In addition to the brown spots and their immune system strengthening qualities, bananas have a number of other health benefits;
Bananas are nature’s anti-acid and can provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux. Eating just one banana can immediately bring soothing relief and lessen your heartburn symptoms.
- Blood Pressure;
Due to the Fact that bananas are low in sodium and high in potassium, they help to lower blood pressure and protect against stroke or heart attack. Therefore, they are a heart healthy food.
Eating a banana or two before a workout gives you enough energy to last an hour or more. The low glycaemic carbohydrates, vitamin and minerals salts support your body to increase endurance while potassium helps to prevent muscle cramps.
Banana can help those with anaemia by providing much-needed dietary iron which stimulates red blood cell and haemoglobin production and strengthens the blood supply.
For people who suffer from stomach ulcers, many foods are off-limits. However, bananas can be eaten without having to worry about whether or not they’ll cause pain. That is because of their smooth, soft, mushy texture that coats the stomach lining and protected against corrosive acid and irritation.
Banana can help overcome depression because they have high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid that is a constituent of most proteins. Our bodies convert tryptophan into serotonin. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that makes people relaxed, feel happy and improves mood. Thus bananas can help people feel better and beat depression.
Bananas have enough fibre in them to stimulate regular bowel movements and provide natural relief for constipation.
- Nurse for PMS
When you’re feeling moody and stressed eat a banana. They help to regulate blood sugar and are rich in B vitamin which naturally come the nervous system and make people relax resulting in an overall improve mood.
- Temperature control
Eating a banana on a hot day can cool you up by lowering your body temperature. The same is true if you have a fever.