The medicinal properties of plantain or banana are good for curing almost everything, from premenstrual cramps to ulcers and altered nerves. If you want to raise your energy levels, there is nothing better than eating a banana. Combined with its fiber, the three natural sugars it contains (sucrose, fructose and glucose) are an instant and sustained injection of energy.

The magic of bananas

We all hear that we should eat fruits and vegetables, and yet many people do not consume adequate amounts of these important food groups. And although many foods are loaded with beneficial compounds, the medicinal properties of plantain or banana are among the best. Rich in vitamins B 6 and A, bananas are the most popular fruit in America.

However, in addition to their great taste and ease of use, they also demonstrate very important health properties. Often babies’ first solid food, bananas, offers a great way to assimilate easy-to-digest nutrition, improve digestive health, protect the body from a host of diseases, and elevate mood. You could easily say that in bananas we have one of the most perfect foods in nature.

Research has shown that the high potassium content of this fruit can help students in their studies, making them more alert.

Banana medicinal properties

Depression: bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that our body converts to serotonin, which is known to relax us, improve our character, and generally make us feel happier.

Anemia: Its high iron content makes bananas stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood, significantly contributing to heal cases of anemia.

Blood pressure: This tropical fruit is unique for its high potassium content in contrast to its low salt content, being perfect for fighting blood pressure. This fruit has the ability to reduce the risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure.

Heart attacks: Eating bananas as part of your normal diet can reduce your risk of death from heart attacks by up to 40%

Constipation: Due to its high fiber content, including bananas in the daily diet helps restore the normal action of the intestines,
helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Heartburn: Bananas have a naturally antacid effect on the body.

Vomiting in the morning: Have a banana between meals to keep your blood sugar high and avoid nausea in the morning.

Insect bites: rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana peel, reduces swelling and irritation.

Ulcers: Due to its smooth and lubricating texture, the banana is used in the diet as a food indicated for intestinal disorders. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without problems in chronic ulcer cases.
It also neutralizes excess acidity and reduces irritation by coating the stomach walls.

Controlling body temperature: Many other cultures view bananas as a refreshing fruit that can lower the physical and emotional temperature of pregnant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure that their baby has a good (warm) temperature at birth.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people who want to quit smoking. Its high content of vitamins B6 and B12, potassium and magnesium helps the body recover from the effects of removing nicotine.

Warts: People who only use alternative medicine swear that if you want to remove a wart, take a piece of banana peel and place it on it with the yellow part facing out. You should hold the peel in place with a poultice or surgeon’s tape.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome: The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, significantly improving your mood.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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