Rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulphur, iron and copper contain vitamins A, B, C, E, G
Did you know?
The banana is similar to the potato in that it has a high calorie value. Use green plantains for cooking. Bananas have an anti-ulcerous effect. Their healing effect is enhanced when they are overripe and have black spots, but the skin must be undamaged. Their starches are converted into sugars. The inside skin is the most potent part and combats bacteria. It is high in vitamin P (bioflavanoids).
Together with yoghurt, bananas are useful to restore the flora of the colon and to combat candida and the side effects of antibiotics. Bananas are food for the 'friendly' acidophilus bacteria in our intestines, particularly when combined with natural yoghurt.
The juice of the outer fibre is said to be an antidote against snakebites, including cobra venom, when administered immediately.
Tea made from plaintain leaves can be used to strengthen the eyes.
Natural therapeutic effect: Stomachic
Beneficial in the treatment of:
Ulcers of stomach and duodenum - the banana diet is one of the most powerful diets for ulcers. Bananas neutralize the stomach acid and thicken the mucus lining of the stomach. They should be a regular part of the recovery process after an ulcer has been diagnosed to prevent re-occurring damage.
diabetes - because of their high content of easy-to-absorb sugars
high blood cholesterol (a banana contains as much pectin as an apple)
Caution: When you buy a banana ensure that the skin is not damaged. If it is, unwelcome bacteria can enter the fruit.