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Banana TNF anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties



Musa acuminata and Musa paradisiac are two types of bananas adapted to warm and humid tropical climate, needing more than 2,000 mm of rainfall per year and rich soils to grow.

Bananas have been present in our diets since long time ago, they are rich in potassium, a mineral that plays a very important role in mass bone formation and regulation of blood pressure, magnesium, selenium, phosphorous, iron, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc (very important to regulate sleep cycles and enhance male reproductive functions)...etc. 

In spite most of us believe in the health benefits and multiple properties of Kela fruit (Bananas), not many people knows about their most valuable active constituent, a lectin named BanLec (from Banana Lectin), that is known to exert anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties and that has been recently the subject of scientific study for its potential pharmaceutical use in future medicines. Image: Banana tree by Melvin "Buddy" Baker under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0). 


Family: Musaceae

Genus: Musa

Common name: Banana


5 benefits of green tea


Green tea has many benefits for health. Several studies have linked green tea consumption with anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and many other health benefits. Do you want to know more about other properties and health benefits of green tea? Image left: See credits under ref. [23] below.


Family: Teaceae

Genus: Camelia

Common name: Green tea


Is ripe fruit healthier?


If you ever asked yourself the question “Is ripe fruit healthier?” Almost everyone would agree that in some sense we all think it is. Ripe fruit is attractive, delightful, refreshing, it's full of sweet juices and has an incredible flavour that lets your senses come alive showering them with the sensation of flavour perceived by your mouth.

Yes ripe fruit invites you to see, smell, touch and taste, it awakens your senses, but is it really healthier? Let's have a look. Image: See credits under ref. [12] below.

Your new tyres may be made of dandelion rubber


Around 25 million tonnes of rubber is produced each year to cover the world needs of that substance [1]. Approximately 42 percent of this amount corresponds to natural rubber [1], being the rest synthetic rubber.

Now a group of scientists and researchers seem to have found a solution for it in dandelion. Image: See credits under ref. [5] below. 


Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Taraxacum

Common name: Russian andelion

The role of telomeres in plants


Telomeres are short groups of repeated nucleotides that serve as protection for chromosomes. You can think of them as the protective end cups that serve as a way of preserving chromosomes from damage and prevent their fusion with neighbouring chromosomes [2].

Image: See credits under ref. [5] below.

TELOMERES: Short groups of repeated nucleotides that serve as protection for chromosomes.