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Why banana is considered as a complete food?

Known in Latin as Musa Sapienta, banana, which we often include in our breakfast, has been used as a medicine all around the world. It is not only a fruit but is an herbaceous perennial. Various researches have highlighted that banana can be used to heal various ulcers including asthma. It has also the capability to cure cataracts and other eye problems. Banana is full of various fibre and nutrients. In short it can be said it is not only a food but is also a potent medicine.

Banana is an amalgamation of various vitamins like Vitamin A, B6, C, E and G. It contains various minerals, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. Of these minerals calcium and magnesium are required for strong bones and to prevent insomnia, while selenium helps in controlling cancer and thyroid problem. Potassium on the other hand is necessary for the functioning of every human cell. The daily recommended dose of potassium is 4.7 grams for human beings while banana alone can provide 450 mgs of potassium.

A study carried out at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India revealed that two bananas a week can reduce blood pressure to the tune of 10%. During this study researchers compared two bananas with ACE-inhibitors the hypertension drug. During the study it was found that banana showed almost the same blood pressure lowering action without any side-effects. During the research the ripe banana showed better results than the unripe ones. Yet another study revealed seven bananas if eaten during a week can help reduce the blood pressure drastically.

In Nigeria Bananas along with African herb Orinol were used to treat cataracts. Banana is also being used for curing stomach ulcers permanently. The Dali Medical Centre in Cape Town, South Africa uses bananas along with soy milk and herbs to treat cataracts.

Banana is known to contain pectin which is a type of fiber and is found to be useful in inhibiting colon cancer. Pectin is also found in apples and potatoes. One single banana contains two grams of fiber. The fruit also contains three naturally occurring sugars known as fructose, glucose and sucrose. Various random studies have also revealed that banana contain a type of protein Tryptophan, which gets converted in the body to serotonin, which helps in treating depression.

Banana also provides antacid effect in the body, which means, it helps you in providing relief from heart burn after eating your junk food. Banana also possesses the capability to help smokers kicking the habit of smoking because of the presence of vitamin B12 and B6 in it. Did you know that even one serving of banana can lower your risk of having stroke by up to 40%7 New researches have also highlighted that bananas are also helpful in treating ulcers.

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