Bananas are often unfairly overlooked in favor some new tropical fruit that’s supposedly “the next big thing”. But, besides being delicious, bananas contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and natural sugars such as fructose and sucrose. Eating them regularly will surely improve your health condition.

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Bananas are the most consumed fruit in the USA, having beaten apples and oranges to the top spot. They are cheap, so people buy them in bunches and eat them for a week. They are greenish at the start, but they ripen and yellow quickly. Eventually, bananas get brown spots on their peel, which are growing big fast. Many people are grossed out by this, thinking the fruit has rotten, but this is not the case with bananas.

Ripe bananas are healthy and contain more TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) than usual. TNF is a cancer fighting substance that can fight tumor cells in the body, assisting communication between cells in our immune system and guiding them towards inflamed parts in our body. According to research, the TNF in ripe bananas inhibits tumor growth and spread, and kills the cancer cells by inducing apoptosis. This gives a boost to our immune system and increases our white blood cell count. So, the next time you see a brown banana, don’t throw it away – eating it will provide a lift to your body.

Bananas also have other health benefits and can treat conditions such as:

Heartburn
Bananas can counter the effects of heartburn and acid reflux. Only a single banana can relieve the heartburn symptoms.

Blood pressure
Bananas can lower your blood pressure and prevent heart attack or stroke thanks to their low sodium and high potassium content, which is great for the heart.

Energy
Bananas contain low glycemic carbs, vitamins and minerals which can improve the body’s endurance, while the potassium prevent muscle cramps. This is why they are an ideal pre-workout food.

Anemia
Bananas contain a lot of iron, which is why they are a favorite fruit among people suffering from anemia.

Ulcers
Bananas are safe to eat in case you have a stomach ulcer thanks to their soft and mushy texture which protects the stomach lining from acids and irritation.

Depression
This tropical fruit contains tryptophan, a substance that is converted to serotonin in our bodies. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can relax people and improve their mood, effectively preventing depression.

Constipation
When you’re constipated, eat a few bananas – the fiber content in them will stimulate bowel movements and relieve the condition.

Nerves or PMS
Eat a banana when you are stressed – they will regulate the blood sugar levels and are also rich in vitamins from the B group, which calm the nerve system and relax people.

Temperature control
Eating bananas in summer can help you lower the body temperature, which is why they are a great choice of food if you’re suffering from a fever.