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Health Benefits of Bananas

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Bananas offer great medicinal benefits. This is partly because bananas assist in the body’s retention of nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus, all of which work to build regenerated and healthy  tissues.

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Lowers blood pressure

Potassium is an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and it is abundant in bananas. Around 350 mg of potassium is present in a medium-sized banana. A number of studies have proved the efficiency of foods rich in potassium in lowering blood pressure. The fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of stroke and blood pressure is a proven fact.

Studies have also shown that the risk of high blood pressure and stroke can be reduced by eating foods that are low in sodium and are good sources of potassium. Plus, potassium helps to balance electrolyte in the cells and helps your body maintain normal fluid.

Bananas are an alternative to antihypertensive drugs as it contains natural compounds, which act in a similar manner.

People who ate two bananas daily showed their blood pressure fall by 10% during a research.

Reduced Risk of Stroke

Scientists suggest that people who showed an increased risk of stroke had a low amount of potassium in their diet. People above the age group of 65 were 50% more likely to suffer stroke if they had the lowest intake of potassium.

Restore normal bowel activity

Banana can help restore normal bowel activity as it is rich in nondigestible fibers (including hemicellulose, cellulose, and alphaglucans) and help with diarrhea and constipation. To absorb large amounts of water for regular bowel movements bananas normalize the colon’s function. The presence of pectin, which can absorb water, gives them a volume producing capacity.

Fructooligosaccharide, a prebiotic, is high in bananas and it nourishes friendly bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria improve our ability to absorb nutrients by producing digestive enzymes and vitamins. It also protects us against unfriendly microorganisms.

Protection from ulcers & heartburn

Stomach ulcers and ulcer damage can be cured by bananas because of their antacid effects. Leucocyanidin, a flavonoid in the banana, has been found to considerably boost the thickness of stomach’s mucous membrane layer. Bananas are also a great way to get rid of heartburn as they help to neutralize acidity. To suppress acid secretion a simple mixture of milk and banana is sufficient, according to a study.

Protection against neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease)

In a recent study, researchers have found the effect of banana, orange and apple on neuron cells and found that the fruits phenolic phytochemicals prevented the cells’ neurotoxicity. Along with other fruits include banana, fresh apples, and oranges in your daily diet. They may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease as they protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity.

Cholesterol-lowering effect

Banana has the potential to lower cholesterol, according to certain studies done on animals. Banana’s cholesterol-lowering effect is owing to banana pulp’s dietary fibre component. The amount of dietary fibre in banana during ripening is comparatively steady.