Health Benefits of Banana

Srikanth R By Srikanth R, 20th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Bananas are rich in essential nutrients. This article contains information on various health benefits of this wonderful fruit.


Bananas are sweet and delicious fruits which are cultivated in the tropical regions all over the world. Human beings have been consuming bananas from thousands of years. Even today they are among the most widely consumed foods in the world. In fact, after rice, wheat and corn, bananas are the fourth most widely consumed food by human beings. These fleshy fruits are grown in more than a hundred countries. Some experts are of the opinion that bananas were first grown in Malaysia. India produces the largest quantity of bananas today.

Health benefits of bananas

Bananas contain essential nutrients. These wonderful fruits in their yellow jackets offer immense health benefits. Bananas are rich in potassium. Potassium prevents stroke, prevents blood pressure, improves muscular strength and metabolism. It prevents heart and kidney disorders. It provides relief from anxiety and stress. Potassium and other B vitamins in bananas promote a healthy nervous system.

Research has proved that regular consumption of bananas reduces the risk of colorectal cancer. They promote health bowel movement. Bananas prevent breast cancer in women. Bananas reduce the risk of renal cell carcinoma (cancer of the kidneys). They are known to be good for kidney stones. Bananas are rich in fructooligosccharide. This compound nourishes essential bacteria in the colon. These bacteria produce enzymes that help in digestion. They prevent infections. They aid in absorption of calcium by the human body, there by promoting healthy bones.

Bananas are rich in pectin, a soluble fiber. It is known to promote a healthy digestive system. Bananas contain tryptophan (an essential amino acid) which helps in preventing depression. Iron in banana carries life giving oxygen to human blood cells. As per research studies published in the Archives of Ophthalmology regular consumption of bananas reduce the risk of age related macular degeneration (ARMD). Bananas are natural antacids. They provide relief from heartburn. They prevent morning sickness. Bananas contain protease inhibitors which eliminate ulcer causing bacteria.

But people allergic to latex may also be allergic to bananas.



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author avatar Denise O
20th Mar 2011 (#)

Give me a banana and I am in heaven. Nice write up. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Issifu Mambelimba
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Beautiful findings, am excited to know this. God bless the arthur. More years for you ,man ! EXELLENT JOB EXECUTED !

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