Really!!! A new week it is already. Good day to you all.
It is another week again and here I am this time with this very much consumed fruit ‘banana’. When you think of this Musa spp ; the first think that comes to mind is monkeys and their love for the fruits. Well, they are not the only consumers of the fruit as their fellow primate ‘man’ is not left out in the consumption of the common ‘monkey’s banana’.
According to Wikipedia, ‘Banana is an edible fruit; botanically a berry that is variable in size, colour and firmness. Do you know that the banana plant is not a tree but rather is the World’s Largest Herb?
Its constituents include potassium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, tryptophan, magnesium, calcium, niacin, fructo oligosaccharides, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), zinc and selenium. All these packages in just one fruit and that sweet fruit is nothing else but BANANA.
The constituents have a lot of benefits to our health which include;
- BRAIN FUNCTION
Tryptophan: A protein found in bananas which is converted into serotonin; a neurotransmitter known to promote relaxation, improve mood and preserve mood.
- HEART FUNCTION
Potassium: A very important mineral that helps make heart rhythm regular and thus prevents tachycardia (abnormally fast heart beat)
Zinc: Bothered about baldness? Well, this is good news because bananas contain zinc which helps in increasing hair strength and prevent baldness.
Vitamin C, A & E: Are all great antioxidants that help in fighting against the formation of free radicals thus helping to reduce the risk of cancers (Megan.W, 2016)
- EYE HEALTH
According to Melodie.A of Demand Media; bananas are rich in Vitamin A; a fat soluble vitamin that is very important for protecting the eyes by:
- Preserving the membranes that surround the eyes
- Bringing light into the cornea and thus helps to prevent night blindness
- COLON HEALTH
Fructo oligosaccharides: Helps create a balance in the normal flora of the digestive tract and thus aiding digestion
Pectin: The presence of high pectin aids digestion
Vitamin B6: High levels of Vitamin b6 in bananas help with the production of white blood cells
Fructo oligosaccharides: These compounds are also found to aid immunity
- BONE HEALTH
Calcium: Helps to improve bone health; creating stronger bones.
Fructo oligosaccharides: These compounds increase calcium absorption in the body and this is an important factor in helping to increase bone mass thus reducing osteoporosis and bone fractures in pre and post-menopausal women.
See the wonders that our ‘monkey’s banana’ does and to derive these benefits fully, you have to;
- Eat matured bananas
- Not keep bananas in the refrigerator
More so, do you know that the greener less ripe bananas contain high levels of starch and consequently have a starchier taste. Furthermore, according to www.botanical-online.com bananas are not recommended in those with liver disease.
On this note, I would conclude by saying bananas are very important fruits because of their immense benefits to our health.
I am stepping out on this note, so see you next week as we step up to another great fruitful level.
- Sabater Molina M et al(2009), Dietary fructooligosaccharides and Potential Benefits On Health
Journal Of Physiology And Biochemistry, PUBMED 315-328
- Jessie Szalay (2014), Bananas : Health benefits, Risks and Nutrition Facts, m.livescience.om
- What are fructooligosaccharides and how do they provide digestive immunity and bone health benefits?(2013), Institute Of Food Technologists