Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Wonderful Banana

By Dorian Hawkesford

Belonging to the same family of fuit as the orchid and the lily, the banana plant matures anywhere from 10 to 20 feet. This plant can be harvested for anywhere up to 150 bananas.

Bananas are one of the richest sources of potassium. This mineral is essential for maintaining ones blood pressure at normal levels. Since just one single banana contains a massive 467mg of this mineral, consuming just one banana a day could very well prevent high blood pressure and could prevent atherosclerosis, this is where fatty deposits build up on the walls of your arteries.

Bananas have also been known to act as antacids. These can protect against stomach ulcers and the damage they can cause. It has been studied that mixing banana with milk help to reduce the acid secretion within the stomach. How this works is the bananas enable the cells that make up the stomach linning to produce a thicker protective mucus, which acts as a barrier against the acid within the stomach. Also they contain what is known as protease inhibitors which aid teh elimination of bacteria which are believed to be the root cause of ulcers.

If you are suffering from diahorea then make sure you add this fruit to your diet ASAP! Diahorea depletes the number of what are called electrolytes. Bananas are high in electrolytes, which help to balance your fluid levels and the functioning of the heart. Also they contain soluble fibre, which will help to return your movements through the digestive track back to normal.

This fruit should be one of the very first you add to your recommended five fruits a day. They are one of those fruits that take no motivation to consume since they are treated as a natural form of sweet.

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