Thursday, September 27, 2012

Banana and Health Benefits

Banana are sweet, being rich in carbohydrates (mostly the sugars glucose and fructose), as well as in folic acid, vitamins B6, and C, potassium, and pectin. It also rich in beta-carotene, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.

An average-sized banana contains 440 milligrams of potassium and only 1 milligram of sodium. Potassium is one of the most important electrolytes in the body in helping to regulate heart function as well as fluid balance.

Potassium plays a very important role in keeping blood pressure at healthy level.

Banana fruit dry matter consists mainly of sugars – glucose, fructose and sucrose, starch and fiber, making it an ideal immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy. Due to fiber content, banana can help to restore normal bowel function.

The fruits are very soothing to the gastrointestinal tract due to their high content of pectin, a soluble fiber that not only lowers cholesterol but normalizes bowel function.

Bananas have been used to treat alcoholism, arteriosclerosis, celiac disease, colitis, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dyspepsia, exhaustion, hemorrhoids, weak muscle and ulcers. It also the best natural protection against high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and even osteoporosis.

They also have been used to help treat insulin shock in diabetics. Ripe bananas are very easy to digest – even easier when mashed – and are recommended for those suffering from weak digestion, vomiting or emaciation.

Banana is a common name for the fruit of the genus Musa, which bears edible fruit of the family Musaceae.
Banana and Health Benefits
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