Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Frances Bloomfield
While yellow bananas may be tastier, the darker brown ones may be better for you. According to TheHeartySoul.com, a 2009 article in the journal Food Science and Technology Research claimed that overripe bananas contained more Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), a cancer-fighting cytokine or small protein.
The study was conducted by Masatoshi Yamazaki and Haruyo Iwasawa. They made this discovery via in vitro tests on mice cells. Results showed that older bananas with brown spots were 25 percent more effective at producing TNF than the yellow variety. The TNF found in overripe bananas was said to prevent the growth and spread of tumor cells that would cause the death of cells in the body, reports TheSun.co.uk. Known as apoptosis, this a naturally occurring cellular process that is negatively affected by tumor cells.
Bananas are a fruit known to contain a wide variety of health benefits. They contain high levels of antioxidants that not only boost the immune system and increase the production of white blood cells, but can also reduce blood sugar spikes. Bananas have even been said to help against depression and improve mood. This is in addition to their cancer cell-inhibiting properties.
Unlike other substances that prevent cancer, TNF was shown targeting it, meaning you could be getting more cancer-fighting benefits from the TNF in bananas than the substances in other antioxidant-high foods.
If the soft texture of overripe bananas still make them unappetizing for you, then you can enjoy them in a variety of other ways.
Let your bananas ripen in your fruit bowl but don’t just leave them there. Make these cancer-fighting wonder fruits a part of your daily diet for your own benefit. Find more news on anticancer solutions at Anticancer.news.