Bananas and their importance for health

The banana tree (genus Musa) comes from Southeast Asia. It is an herb growing several meters high with a partially woody stem resembling a tree trunk. The banana tree is characterized by large spreading leaves. The fruit is elongated berries (so-called bananas) arranged in a huge bunch weighing several tens of kilograms. The fruits of the banana tree have no seeds, and therefore the plant reproduces only vegetatively using shoots.

There are several species of banana trees growing in the world, the gradual crossing of which has bred several dozen valuable cultivars. The most famous and best-selling cultivar we know from the store counter is the Cavendish cultivar. This banana variety is most grown on large plantations in tropical areas of Latin America (eg Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia) as well as Southeast Asia (eg Philippines).

Bananas are a very popular fruit, which is consumed several million tons a year. And no wonder. It is a fruit that is sweet, delicious and contains no seeds. In addition, bananas are very beneficial to our health. They are characterized by high nutritional value. Banana fruits contain about 75% water, 22% sugars, 1% protein and 1% fiber. The remaining 1% consists of trace elements (potassium K, magnesium Mg, phosphorus P) and vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E).

Eating bananas helps solve these health problems:

High blood pressure: Many people with high blood pressure do not get potassium. On the contrary, salt retains an excess in their body. Potassium binds salts and helps to remove them from the body. Bananas are a rich source of potassium. Average content in 100 g of banana: 400 mg.

Eyesight: Bananas contain carotene, which acts as provitamin A, which is of great importance for healthy eyesight. Carotene content in 100 g of banana: 0.021 mg.

Premenstrual syndrome: Bananas are a source of vitamin B6 (0.29 mg in 100 g of fruit), necessary for the function of many enzymes. For this reason, it has a positive effect on the female body during menstruation.

Constipation and bloating: Bananas contain pectin. In addition to lowering cholesterol and the ability to bind and remove heavy metals from the body, pectin acts as a probiotic that stimulates the digestive process. It counteracts bloating and has a slightly laxative effect.

Stress: Banana is rightly considered an anti-stress fruit. It contains the necessary vitamins and trace elements influencing metabolism, as well as the level of stress stimulators in the body.

Depression: Bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan. One of the derivatives of tryptophan is serotonin, which is mainly involved in the development of moods in the central nervous system. Its reduced amount leads to irritability and states of sadness. So two bananas a day can definitely not hurt you.

Overweight: Banana is a sweet fruit, but it can be part of any diet. It contains a lot of water-soluble fiber. When the fiber enters the digestive tract, it absorbs water and creates a feeling of fullness. The hunger is gone and there is no need to eat anything else.

Lack of sex: Due to its elongated and slightly curved shape, the banana is very popular with women as a toy for intimate moments. The banana keeps its firm shape throughout the masturbation. The result is an orgasm and overall satisfaction of the organism.