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Benefits of Yellow Friend Banana

# ‘Finger’ or ‘hand’

A banana plant is scientifically categorized as an “Arborescent Perennial Herb”, meaning it is a tree-like herb, with the banana being actually recognized as a berry. It is more appropriate to refer to a bunch of bananas as a “hand of bananas” or a single one as a “finger”

# Saves your heart

A “finger” of banana packs 467mg of potassium and works as a shield for your cardiovascular system. Regular intake would help you guard against stroke, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

# Boosts your bones

Bananas do not have high calcium content. They do, however, give your body plenty of fructooligosacchriade, which is a prebiotic substance. These substances boost your body’s ability to soak up calcium.

# Perk up and stay mellow

The potassium from the bananas would act as an energy-providing electrolyte. Aided with serotonin, norepinephrine, tryptophan and Vitamin B6, bananas can dispel your depression and make you more pleasant and relaxed by protecting you against mood swings and irritability.

Delicious Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

# For your eyes

In Nigeria, there have been documented cases of Cataracts being treated with bananas and a local herb called Orinol. A study in the Archives of Opthalmology shows that those who have three portions of banana a day are statistically less likely to develop sight-hampering illness.

# Friend to your stomach

Bananas can also help you protect yourself against ulcers and heartburn, as they have the ability to contain acid in you digestive system. They can even help you prevent constipation since it contains pectin, which is a soluble fiber.

# Food for your infant

With its easily digestible qualities, bananas are a very popular choice to feed your baby who might be just starting to have solids.

# Protection against the deadly HIV

A study published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry talked about a lectin protein found in bananas, known as BanLec, which has tremendous healing potential in the fight against HIV. This protein, which tends to attach and envelope sugar, can do the same with HIV- infected cells in your body, which would stop these infected cell from multiplying and stop its transmission.

# Clone wars

You would never imagine a world without bananas, would you? And why should you, since modern shipping practices have made them so readily available everywhere? The truth is much stranger, I am afraid. Their ever-present status might soon diminish, as nearly all bananas are cloned from a single variety known as the Cavendish banana plant. An outbreak of disease could easily destroy all the existing plants, as it did with another variety known as the Gros Michel.

Botanists claim that banana’s extinction is a very real possibility which might happen in the next twenty years. Even though there are more than a thousand different types of bananas all over the world, only a few (such as Gros Michel or Cavendish) actually taste good, with some having even an apple-like taste such as the Goldfinger.

# Save the peel

After gorging this seemingly “miracle berry”, don’t throw away the skin or “peel” – the inside of the peel, when applied on pimples, can dry them out. Also, the peel can be used as an effective fertilizer, especially for rose plants.