Bananas are yellow, mushy, sweet and irresistible fruit. Although there are new, exotic fruit coming out on the market every week, bananas are still our life – long favorites.
We can say that bananas are perfect super – food that give us energy, make us feel full and provide our body with all the essential nutrients. They’re rich in fibers, vitamins and natural sugars like fructose and sucrose and that is the reason why even doctors recommend it and it’s the perfect addition to your breakfast.
According to statistical data, Americans every year eat more bananas than oranges and apples combined. So, bananas are the top consumed fruit in the states.
Usually, we buy a bunch of bananas in the local grocery and they last until the end of the week. However, you probably have noticed that after certain period of time, black spots start to appear on them, growing bigger and bigger until they turn black. Most people tend to throw away the bananas when they turn brown and mushy because they think they’re rotten, which usually is the case with most fruits. Still, experts claim that the dark patches in bananas are actually not a sign of rotting, but something entirely different.
When the bananas start getting those dark spots they actually start to ripen and the more brown spots it has the better. Those brown spots actually represent the tumor necrosis factor or TNF which starts to develop and the more spots the higher levels of this factor.
To be more precise, TNF is a cancer fighting substance which helps in the fight against abnormal cells in the body. TNF assists in the communication between cells in our immune response system and it guides the movement of cells towards areas in our bodies which are inflamed or infected. Latest studies show that TNF from bananas stops tumor cells growth and spread and causes apoptosis, or cell death. This property combined with the high levels of antioxidants they contain strengthens our immune system and increase the white cells count, enabling our body to fight off infections and even cancer. Try to remember this the next time you see a banana with brown spots and don’t throw it away.
Besides the high antioxidant levels and cancer – fighting properties, bananas have a long list of other benefits which is why you need to include them in your everyday diet immediately. Below are listed explanations how two bananas per a day can help you with:
Energy – Although we already mentioned this, we will repeat it – just in case. Bananas provide you energy and are a great pre – workout snack. They contain vitamins, minerals and low glycemic carbs which increase your endurance and the high levels of potassium prevents muscle cramps.
Blood pressure – This fruit is rich in potassium and almost don’t contain sodium and because of that, they are good for your heart. They can lower the blood pressure and prevent stroke or a heart attack.
Anemia – For people that suffer from anemia it is recommended to introduce bananas into their diet because they can provide them with the much needed iron. Iron stimulates hemoglobin production and strengthens the blood supply
Heartburn – According to many studies, bananas are natural anti – acid and can relieve your heartburn in just a minute. If you feel the symptoms just munch on one banana and you’ll feel better instantly.
Nerves or PMS – In cases when you feel down and stressed out, it is recommended to take a banana. They can regulate blood sugar and are rich in B vitamins, which naturally calm the nervous system and make people relaxed, resulting in an overall improved mood.
Constipation – Bananas contain high amount of fibers which is beneficial if you’re suffering from constipation. They stimulate the bowel movement and relieve the symptoms.
Ulcers – Ulcers are annoying issue because there are a limited number of things you can eat without causing stomach upset. Luckily, bananas are tasty and perfect for this condition because they’re soft and mushy and protect the stomach lining from acid and irritation.
Temperature Control – Probably this is the strangest fact, but bananas can lower your temperature and cool you off. This goes for when you’re feeling hot or if you have a fewer. Amazing, isn’t it?
Depression – Last, but not least, did you know that bananas can help you with depression? Bananas are rich in tryptophan and when is ingested it is converted into serotonin. In case you didn’t know, serotonin is the neurotransmitter which makes us feel happy, relaxed and in better mood. Because of that, when you are feeling down take one banana and you’ll feel much better.