One of the most popular foods, especially for those of us from Latin America, is the banana, which is native to Asia but cultivated around the world. This yellow fruit, obtained in clusters of 3 to 20 units, is rich in fiber, potassium and vitamins.
In the world, this fruit is known as plantain or banana (banana), depending on the dialect. This fruit is usually eaten fresh or as an accompaniment to other dishes, even after being fried. One advantage of bananas is that they can be grown throughout the year, in fact, to import them, they are usually harvested green and later ripened in the destination country.
Bananas are a very nutritious and healthy food. Many athletes consume it before, during and after exercise. But the benefits aren’t limited to those who engage in physical activity.
The banana comes from a herbaceous plant with large leaves, between 2 and 4 meters long.
Benefits of bananas.
This popular tropical fruit has good levels of energy, minerals and vitamins essential for a healthy diet. Mainly rich in vitamins C and B6 Along with other minerals, this food is recommended as a supplement for those who maintain high levels of physical activity.
Bananas are one of the most nutritious fruits and although they are often wrongly excluded from diets, the reality is that with only 100 calories, this fruit provides one of the main nutritional supplements. High in soluble fiber, bananas are great for treating constipation and helping to break down cholesterol. Bananas also provide the feeling of fullness. Therefore, it is ideal to consume between meals. A good, nutritious, low calorie meal.
The banana has always been famous for helping prevent cramps. Its magnesium content helps relax muscles.
Bananas contain three types of natural sugars: sucrose, fructose, and glucose, sugars that help reduce physical and mental fatigue.
Surprisingly, bananas have been found to serve as a natural antidepressant, thanks to the fact that they contain tryptophan (trypotophan), a precursor amino acid for serotonin which, after entering our body, relaxes us and makes us feel more comfortable, also aiding in the biochemical process of sleep. Hence, it helps to fight emotional problems and reduce stress.
For cases of anemiaBananas contain a lot of iron which can help minimize the impact of this condition as it stimulates the natural production of hemoglobin in the blood. On top of that, its high potassium levels lower blood pressure, minimizing the risk of heart attack by up to 40% as confirmed by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration).
In the same way, it has been found that bananas are an excellent ally in the fight against stomach pains thanks to its natural properties. In addition, thanks to their composition and texture, bananas are recommended foods to process intestinal disorders, thus being the only fruit that can be eaten raw in case of ulcer. In addition, due to its high fiber content, it regulates intestinal flow.
Bananas have also been found to be effective in cooling the body, i.e. reducing the body temperature.
For women with Premenstrual syndrome, the B6 vitamins in bananas can help improve your mood by regulating blood sugar.
For those who struggle with smoking, vitamins b6 and b12, potassium and magnesium minimize the addictive effects that are put into action when you do not consume nicotine. A natural aid for the difficult process of stop smoking.
Thanks to its vitamins of groups B, B1, B2, B6 and B12, this fruit directly helps the the nervous system.
By acting directly on the digestive system, bananas calm the stomach. When mixed with other foods, such as honey and milk, the soothing effect the day after consumption can be even more effective. The trick is to make a banana and honey smoothie, instead of taking drugs.
Its direct application on the face will revitalize the skin thanks to its nutritional power, enzymes and vitamins.
But it also helps us calm down insect bites. Apply in the form of a small poultice.
It is an excellent natural fertilizer for our plants, for example in the form of banana tea. We can use its shell for composting. If the composter is made of worms, the banana peel will be perfect for them.
Remember that the secret to healthy living is a balanced and diverse diet. Don’t hesitate to speak to your favorite nutritionist if you want more details on how to achieve this.