Bananas are among the most popular fruits all around the globe, and these delicious yellow superfoods offer a myriad of health benefits. However, did you know that the riper the banana, the healthier it is?
“Japanese researchers have proven that ripe bananas [help] fight cancer. As your banana ripens, its antioxidant levels rise, strengthening your immune system and increasing your white blood cells! In fact, ripe bananas are eight times as effective as their younger green siblings when it comes to elevating the cancer-fighting potential of white blood cells.”
Bananas are a rich source of dietary fiber, iron, protein, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and carbohydrates.
As noted in Authority Nutrition:
“Before it ripens, a banana is almost entirely starch, which composes up to 70 to 80 percent of its dry weight. A large part of this starch is digestive-resistant starch. As the banana ripens, the amount of starch and resistant starch decreases and is converted into sugars.”
Therefore, bananas also contain good, all natural sugars, like glucose, fructose, and sucrose, and antioxidants like dopamine and catechin.
Therefore, the consumption of two ripe, black-dotted bananas daily for a month will help you experience the following health improvements:
Bananas are easy to digest and effectively fight acid reflux, heartburn, diarrhea, and constipation.
Improved Mood and Memory
Bananas are rich in nutrients that are needed for a proper neurological functioning, so they boost the important cognitive functions like memory and focus and regulate appetite and mood.
Lower Blood Pressure
Potassium in bananas lowers blood pressure and balances the effects of salt.
The high levels of fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C in bananas help in the regulation of blood sugar levels and are excellent in the case of diabetes.
Bananas are abundant in fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, all of which improve heart health and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
“Although they’re picked while still green, bananas continue to ripen, but to speed up the process at home, putting them in a brown paper bag for a few days does the trick. Bananas should be stored at room temperature, not refrigerated or left in an area where the temperature drops to refrigerator-like temperature, as bananas will turn an unappetizing black shade and become mushy.”
And as soon as they are full of black dots, add them to your daily diet and reap all their benefits!