A look into the nutritional breakdown of bananas and it reveals the following: per 100 grams, it contains 0.3 gm total fat, zero cholesterol, 1 mg salt, about 360 mg potassium, 2.6 gm dietary fiber, 12 gm sugar and 1.1 gm protein. If you still need reasons as to why you must include bananas in your diet, here are some:
High fiber content
High source of potassium
Blood pressure regulator
Helps combat anemia
Japanese researchers have proven that ripe bananas fight cancer. The dark spots on ripe yellow bananas produce a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) that destroys cancerous tumors. 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.
TNF is a cytokine that assists cell-to-cell communication in immune responses and directs cell movement towards inflammation and infection sites. It interferes with the growth and spread of tumor cells and triggers apoptosis (cell death). Researchers pinpointed that TNF produced by ripe bananas is as effective of an anti-cancer agent as lentinan, an immunostimulant injected intravenously to stimulate white blood cell production. s TNF kill cancer cells? Tumor necrosis factors (or the TNF-family) refer to a group of cytokines family that can cause cell death.
Mechanism: TNF acts via the TNF Receptor (TNF-R) and is part of the extrinsic pathway for triggering apoptosis. TNF-R is associated with procaspases through adapter proteins (FADD, TRADD, etc.) that can cleave other inactive procaspases and trigger the procaspase cascade, irreversibly committing the cell to apoptosis.
TNF interacts with tumor cells to trigger cytolysis or cell death. TNF interact with receptors on endothelial cells, which leads to increased vascular permeability allowing leukocytes access to the site of infection. This is a type of localized inflammatory response, although systemic release may lead to septic shock and death.
The riper the bananas, the more black dots will appear on their skin, and the higher the presence of antibodies.
This is the leading cause for the Japanese’s love of bananas, including their adults and young people. It has been said that taking five different kinds of fruit a day can keep you a distance from diseases. According to a research by the Japanese scientists, bananas can produce an anti-cancer substance called TNF. What is more important is that the riper the bananas the higher will be their anti-cancer quality.
Professor Yamasaki of the University of Tokyo conducted an experiment with animals. He compared the immune quality of various kinds of fruits – banana, grape, apple, watermelon, pineapple, pears and persimmons. The result indicated bananas have the highest immune quality. They can increase the amount of white blood cells and as a result their immune capacity. At the same time, bananas can produce a substance called TNF which is able to attack abnormal cells.
Professor Yamazaki also found out that the riper the bananas the more black dots will appear on their skin and the higher will be their immune quality. Professor Yamazaki pointed out that bananas having black dots on their skin possess 8 times as much immune capacity as those bearing green skin.
We should thus eat more RIPE bananas!