Bountiful Bananas

Instead of drinking caffeine or having a sugary snack, try eating a banana. Bananas provide a level of energy that lasts longer without the dramatic crash caused by caffeine and/or sugar.  Bananas contain tryptophan (an amino acid) which can be converted to serotonin, which helps your mind relax so you feel happier. Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body’s hemoglobin function, and due to their content in pectin (fiber), bananas also help restore a normal bowel function.

Bananas are extremely high in potassium (about 4673mg) yet very low in sodium (1mg), thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure. They also stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to produce thicker mucus (which protects against acid), so bananas can be effective with ulcers. I love to make “healthy ice cream” with frozen bananas, almond milk, a little raw honey, and a little vanilla extract. It tastes just like soft serve ice cream, but without the dairy and refined sugar. Interestingly, a recent study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry  found that bananas contain a lectin (sugar binding protein) compound known as “BanLec” which is effective in preventing the spread of HIV via successfully recognizing and binding to foreign invaders in the body.

The research study abstract reported that the researchers “determined that BanLec inhibits primary and laboratory-adapted HIV-1 isolates of different tropisms and subtypes” and that “BanLec possesses potent anti-HIV activity.” The researchers also found that BanLec compared favorably to T-20 and Maraviroc (two anti-HIV drugs currently in clinical use). And before you throw those peels away, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite will help reduce the itching and swelling. Then, if you have a garden, you might want to use the peel as an excellent fertilizer for the soil.

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One response on “Bountiful Bananas


March 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

I heard that regular bananas found in store such as, “safeway”, “Dole” are Gmo and very useless for nutrient intake.. they don’t have seeds(well they’re small and squishy, almost non-existent).. I’m guessing get from a whole food store.. What about plantains?


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