Banana’s are packed with vitamins, such as B6 also know as pyridoxine. Pyridoxine plays a key role in preventing heart disease. If we don't have enough pyridoxine in our body a compound called homo-cysteine builds up in the system. This causes damage in the blood vessel linings, leading to plaque build up when the body tries to heal the damage. Introducing B6 into our diet can prevent this build-up. Pyridoxine also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, an essential nutrient in our diet. Ascorbate acts as an antioxidant protecting against oxidative stress, which is involved in many diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, heart failure, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and cognitive fatigue syndrome. Vitamin C is also useful for lowering serum uric acid levels, lowering risk of gout. Having higher levels of ascorbic acid in the system seems to significantly lower the risk of having a stroke. Vitamin C also helps in the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. Bananas also have high amounts of potassium and manganese, and trace amounts of iron and zinc. Bananas do have some cancer preventing properties such as colorectal cancer, breast cancer and renal cell carcinoma in women. In some parts of India the juice is extracted from the corm and mixed with honey then this is used as a natural remedy to treat jaundice and kidney stones. Bananas are packed with enough vitamins to be considered one of the most important fruits to include in our diet. People with a latex allergy may have adverse effects, although not all people will show symptoms.