Health Benefits Of Banana Fruit

Published On: September 1, 2011, 3:57 pm (9 years ago)
Author: glory michael
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Go for banana fruit, nature's own energy rich food that comes in a safety envelope! Fresh, delicious bananas are available year around and are very cheap. Botanically, the fruit belongs to the family of Musaceae. Commercially, it is one of the widely cultivated crops in the tropical and subtropical zones.


Scientific name: Musa acuminata colla.

Health benefits of banana fruit

■Banana fruit is rich in calories, but very low in fats. The fruit contains good amounts of health benefiting anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

■Banana pulp is composed of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, bananas are being used by athletes to get instant energy and as supplement food in the treatment plan for underweight children.

■The fruit contains good amount of soluble dietary fiber (7% of DRA per 100 g) that helps normal bowel movements; thereby reducing constipation problems.

■It contains many health promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta and alpha carotenes in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

■It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), provides about 28% of daily-recommended allowance. Pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anemia, and decreasing homocystine (one of the causative factor for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in the body.

■The fruit is also good source of vitamin-C (about 8.7 mg per 100g). Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals.

■Fresh bananas provide adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has cardiac-protective role as well.  Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.

■Fresh banana is a very rich source of potassium. Provides 358 mg per 100 g of fruit. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure, countering bad effects of sodium.



Posted: (9 years ago) on 1-09-2011 03:57 PM | Upcoming
nice post
Posted: (9 years ago) on 1-09-2011 10:04 PM | Upcoming
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Ladies enjoy it so much at night...... Grin Grin Grin

Posted: (9 years ago) on 1-09-2011 10:39 PM | Hero
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin

Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 10:06 AM | Addicted Hero
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It also increases sperm production
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 11:28 AM | Upcoming
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 Lips Sealed Shocked

Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 12:20 PM | Addicted Hero
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wow wow,i like banana so much,it gives me Huh???
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 05:30 PM | Newbie
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i so much like banana
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 05:39 PM | Newbie
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked

Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 05:40 PM | Addicted Hero
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i see, looks like i will have to step up my banana intake
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 06:20 PM | Upcoming
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Quote from: kebella on  2-09-2011 12:20 PM
Lips Sealed Shocked
how u take know
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 06:24 PM | Newbie
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how good are the banana juices in the shops, any genuine vitamins e.t.c?
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 06:43 PM | Upcoming
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ON OF THE POST THAT MAKES SENSE.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 06:53 PM | Upcoming
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 Shocked for that reasons am stepin up...
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 07:14 PM | Upcoming
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banaba is my best fruit while in nigeria and now coupled with apple,
thanks for the nice post
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 07:19 PM | Gistmaniac
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thats is a very goo d topic Pleace believe it
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 07:47 PM | Newbie
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thats a very good one Try and see
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 07:50 PM | Newbie
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he said the truth somebody should believe her and try it
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 07:52 PM | Newbie
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 Huh?

Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 08:39 PM | Addicted Hero
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Thanks 4 d info..
Posted: (9 years ago) on 2-09-2011 08:51 PM | Upcoming
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