The banana

8 Jan 2018 - News

Edible fruit of some species of bananas (muse); It is a yellow berry, devoid of seeds, oblong, arched, with soft pulp, fragrant, sweet, yellowish or reddish, rich in vitamins; The whole of the bananas deriving from the same inflorescence is called helmet or scheme.

It is an herbaceous plant, but it has in everything and for all the appearance of a tree, with stems up to 8 m tall and leaves long up to 3 m.

Some sources say that the genus of bananas, Musa, owes its name to Antonio Musa, Doctor of Emperor Augustus. Others say that Linnaeus, who instituted the genus in 1750, simply adapted the Arabic word for banana, Bhushan. The same word banana could come from the Arabic banana, which means “finger”, or perhaps from the word Wolof banaana.

Around 1516 the banana plant was introduced by the Portuguese in America from Africa. On that occasion the word became part of the Portuguese language and the Spanish language. The banana, which had not yet been discovered and imported into Europe, was described in 1601 as the rose-scented fruit.

The banana is among the most consumed fruits in the world and is commercially very important, constituting the most important product (along with the coffee) for the nations of central America. The countries that most depended on the banana trade were called Banana Republic.

It’s a really rich fruit of health benefits.

Contains three natural sugars:

  • Sucrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • and lots of fibers.

A study has proven that eating a banana brings the necessary elements to support a workout of 90 minutes.

But let us see in detail what are the elements, the beneficial properties and the positive effects of bananas on our organism:

blood pressure

Bananas have very high potassium content, but very low in salt, making them the perfect food to help overcome hypertension. The known beneficial properties of the banana have meant that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration itself promotes this fruit to prevent diseases such as arterial hypertension and apoplexy (stroke).

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the regular intake of bananas would reduce the risk of stroke by up to 40%.


The banana is one of the few fruits that you can eat when you suffer from chronic ulcer. It also reduces the acidity and sense of irritation.


Bananas have a good amount of iron and stimulate the production of hemoglobin, improving the condition of those who suffer from anemia.

Intestinal Transit

For the high fiber content, regularly eating bananas helps to restore the correct functioning of the intestine thus improving intestinal transit and avoiding the intake of laxatives.


A research has shown that after eating a banana, people who suffer from depression, feel better. This property of bananas must be attributed to the presence of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that the body converts into serotonin.

Nervous system

Bananas are rich in B complex vitamins and magnesium which are known elements for their soothing effect on the nervous system.


Potassium and magnesium are essential minerals that help normalize the cardiac rhythm, to regulate the sending of oxygen to the brain and the water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic index increases, reducing our levels of potassium and magnesium. Eating a banana is the best way to replenish these indispensable minerals.

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