The brilliant green leaves of banana trees grace the countryside almost everywhere in Goa and the rest of India. This tasty fruit is sold almost everywhere for an affordable prize. Vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, tryptophan and fiber are the key ingredients of bananas. Potassium is vital for muscle function and influences the rhythmic pumping of the heart, digestion and moving the limbs. Studies link lack of potassium with high blood pressure and risk of stroke. Potassium also benefits kidneys and bones as it restrains the excretion of calcium in the urine. This lessens the loss off calcium from the body, strengthening the bones and reducing the risk of kidney stones.
Tryptophan, an amino acid, helps the body to form serotonin, which creates a stable frame of mind. Our body needs to take in tryptophan with the food we eat. Bananas are one of the best sources of this substance. The large amount of vitamin B6 in bananas plays an important role in changing tryptophan to serotonin. Furthermore it helps to create hemoglobin, the red particles of our blood. It also is needed to produce antibodies.
The fiber of bananas helps our digestion. Bananas belong to the few fruits ulcer patients can eat. They counteract the acidity of gastric juices and ease intestinal disorders.