Tuesday, October 23, 2012

By: Edgar A. Petallo

Musa acuminata/balbisiana is the scientific name for the all modern, edible, parthenocarpic Bananas

God did not create the humble bananas just for the monkeys. More often than not, we humans (especially those living with its abundance) drastically disesteemed bananas as grossly inferior to any other fruits we can think of. But do you know that the fruit we oftentimes overlooked reigns supreme when it comes to the most essential nutrients it contained? Are you aware that the meek and unassuming banana can be an effective remedy for relieving symptoms of a myriad of physical complaints? Well, I think this the right time for us to discover its wonderful wonders!

Being a fitness enthusiast myself (but ain't a bodybuilding freak), consuming cavendish bananas regularly had helped a lot in my physical training. For the sake of those who don't know what cavendish means, it is actually the most common banana variety. They're the long, yellow, slightly sweet bananas available at supermarkets. The photo above (the ones with the yellow backdrop) is a concrete example of a cavendish banana. It is an excellent source for the three naturally-occurring sugars - sucrose, fructose, and glucose and combined with the fiber it gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Evidenced-based research have shown that two big bananas (probably the cavendish-type) provide sufficient amount of energy for a 90-minute work out.  No wonder it is quoted as the number one fruit for the world's leading athletes!

Bananas are enriched with vitamins and minerals making it superior from any other fruits in the market. It is packed with iron which is greatly helpful for those who are suffering from IDA or Iron-Deficiency Anemia for it stimulates the production as well as support the growth of hemoglobin in the blood. It is also being known to have sufficient amount of potassium, a major intracellular cation, playing a key role in fluid balance and efficient cardiovascular function. While it is high in potassium, the fruit is low in sodium, making it an excellent food or snack for the hypertensives. The US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. The New England Journal of Medicine states that eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death from strokes by as much as 40 percent. 

For those who are suffering from depression and seasonal affective disorder, banana can be an outstanding remedy. It contains tryptophan, an amino acid which the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve mood and generally make you feel happier. The B vitamins found in them also help to calm and soothe the nervous system. Vitamin B6 or the pyridoxine, also alleviates the symptoms of irritability, sleeplessness as well as PMS  among women. As they're easily digestible and non-allergic, they're the best food to introduce to the young infants.

Bananas are also made famous as phenomenal food choice for those who are suffering from ulcers as it effectively neutralizes over-acidity and reduces gastric irritation by building a protective coat in the stomach lining. Therefore, for those who are experiencing constant heartburn, try eating bananas which contain antacid effects for a soothing relief.

Do you know of someone who has warts or that small cauliflower-like bump on the skin? Well, there is no need for you to buy those expensive antiviral creams in the pharmacy. If you're really dead serious to get rid of those warts, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in its place with a plaster or perhaps a surgical tape. With religious application, the wart will disappear overtime. Same is true if you want to get rid of those aesthecially-deprecating facial pimples..:-)

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