Bananas
    
Musa acuminata Colla; Musa balbisiana Colla; Musa x paradisiaca L Family of Musaceae.

Historically bananas are thought to have originated in Malaysia around 4,000 years ago.  From there, they spread throughout the Philippines and India, where in 327 B.C. Alexander the Great's army recorded them being grown.  Bananas were later introduced to Africa by Arabian traders and discovered there in 1482 A.D. by Portuguese explorers who took them to the Americas, the place where the majority of bananas are now produced.  Bananas were not brought to the United States for sale in markets until the latter part of the 19th century and were initially only enjoyed by people in the seacoast towns where the banana schooners docked; because of the fruit's fragility

Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and they are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Lack of B6 in a diet can cause weakness, irritability and insomnia. The potassium found in bananas helps to regulate blood pressure and may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.  Potassium is also essential for helping muscles to contract properly during exercise and reduces cramping up.  A medium-sized banana provides 400 mg of potassium -11% of daily value- and contains 110 calories and 4 grams of fiber. Bananas also, contain plenty of carbohydrates which are the body's main source of energy. They are also easy to digest.

If you want a quick fix for flagging energy levels, there is no better snack than a banana. Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose - combined with fiber banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.  Speaking of energy, it was proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.  No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.  However, energy is not the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions making it a must to add to your daily diet.

Heartburn
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. 

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. 

Ulcers
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronic ulcer cases.  It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Mosquito bites
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin.  Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation

Warts
Those keen on natural alternatives swear that, if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out.  Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

Strokes
According to research in 'The New England Journal of Medicine', eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Your mother may have told you carrots would keep your eyes bright as a child, but as an adult, it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight.  Data reported in a study published in the June 2004 issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit peer day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.

Bananas are a smart move if you suffer from elimination problems. A bout of diarrhea can quickly deplete your body of important electrolytes. Bananas can replenish your stores of potassium, one of the most important electrolytes, which helps regulate heart function as well as fluid balance. In addition, bananas contain pectin, a soluble fiber (called a hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract and ease constipation.

Sources:
akak.essortment.com/healthbananas
www.thefruitpages.com/bananas.shtml
www.srikumar.com/Medicine/bananas_for_good_health.htm
www.whfoods.com/genpage.

 

 
Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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