Originally belonging to Malaysia, bananas are now being eaten as a favourite fruit through out the world. They are made available in yellow, green, and red colours. They are cherished not only for their nutritional quality but also for their medicinal benefits.
Bananas are a rich natural source of potassium, the mineral that helps in keeping the balance of body fluids in cells. It also plays a positive role in regulation the blood pressure. Bananas are prescribed to people suffering from blood pressure irregularities as they are high in potassium and low in salt content. A banana a day is found to make a person more alert. A banana of medium size contains about 450 mg of potassium.
Bananas, especially the large-sized ones are abundant in Vitamin A. This vitamin helps in the proper development of eye tissues. Vitamin A is also essential for the growth of skin and soft skeletal tissue. Some of the B vitamins, namely, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Folic acid are also present in banana. These B vitamins help in the proper development of the nervous system. Bananas also house Vitamin C in smaller quantities.
Apart from these nutrients, electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium are also present in this fruit. That is why bananas are found to be good for people who suffer from diarrhoea. The rich fibre content in bananas helps in preventing constipation and such other bowel disorders. Being rich in iron, bananas get included in the diet of anaemic patients as it promotes the production of haemoglobin.
An amino acid called tryptophan is present in ripe bananas. This amino acid is transferred by the body into serotonin, which makes a person more relaxed. This fruit is also considered as a natural solution to hangovers. A milkshake made by mixing banana with honey will help calms down the stomach and also help in enhancing depleted blood sugar levels.