Benefits Of Bananas
After knowing all the following about bananas, you will never think of a banana the same way again.
The many health benefits of bananas make them one of the best foods to eat on a daily basis.
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Due to the potassium contained in bananas, eating just one banana a day will keep body and mind functioning at a high capacity. Furthermore, it has been proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 minute workout. No surprise the banana is the number one fruit among the world’s leading athletes.
Bananas are beneficial on many levels: In addition to helping us keep fit, bananas help overcome or prevent quite a few illnesses making it a primary food to eat daily.
Blood pressure and heart function: This amazing tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. The body needs potassium to regulate blood pressure and heart function. Just one banana contains 467 mg of potassium – almost 15 percent of the daily value needed by the body. Eating bananas, therefore, may prevent high blood pressure and even help in lowering blood pressure. Potassium also prevents bone loss by counteracting the damage done to bone by a diet high in salt. Not to mention that the fiber within the fruit decreases the risk of heart disease.
Digestion : Bananas also work wonders for the digestive tract. They contain pectin, a soluble fiber, which helps ease constipation and maintain a regular flow through the intestines. Once eaten, bananas also neutralize acid in the stomach, helping to reduce the irritation that causes ulcers as well as heartburn.
Hangovers : And believe it or not, eat a banana if you are hungover because a banana is amazing at calming hangover symptoms by replenishing the body’s vitamins. Similarly, pregnant women can eat bananas to calm morning sickness.
Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder ( SAD ) : According to a survey done recently amongst people suffering from depression, after eating a banana, many felt much better. This is due to the fact that bananas contain Tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and make you feel happier in general. Which also helps SAD sufferers.
PMS: The vitamin B12 found in bananas regulates blood glucose levels which would affect your mood in a positive way.
Anemia: Bananas are high in iron hence they can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood consequently helping in cases of anemia.
Brain Powers: Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making students more alert. Schools in Europe are helping their students thru their exams by getting them to eat bananas at breakfast, morning break and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. It is believed that the expression ” GOING BANANAS ” comes from the effects of bananas on the brain.
Constipation: Including bananas in your diet would help you overcome any constipation problem due to its high content of fibre. Which will consequently help you bring back a normal bowel action without using any laxatives.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body , when you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning sickness: To help you avoid morning sickness, try snacking on bananas between meals which will help keep your blood sugar levels up.
Nerves: The high content of B Vitamins in bananas, help calm the nervous system.
Overweight: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found that pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. So to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbs foods every two hours to keep levels steady. And bananas being a natural high carb food filled with nutrients, make best choice.
Ulcers: Due to its soft texture and smoothness, bananas are used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Some cultures believe that Bananas can help in cooling the physical and emotional temperature of pregnant women.
In fact in Thailand, pregnant women eat bananas regularly during their pregnancy to ensure that their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Smoking and Tobacco use: If you are trying to give up smoking, bananas can be of great help due to their high content with Vitamins B6 and B12 and also Potassium and Magnesium which will help the body recover from effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Bananas have a high content of potassium which is a vital mineral. It sends oxygen to the brain, helps normalize heartbeats and regulates water balance in the body. When stressed, the metabolic rate rises, reducing potassium levels along the way, then, having a banana is the best choice.
Even the Banana Skin contributes to good health when used properly.
– By rubbing the inside of the banana skin against a mosquito bite, it would soothe itching and reduces swelling.
– By rubbing it on a pimple it will help dry it out naturally and some even say that leaving the banana skin on a wart, yellow side out, is the best remedy to get rid of this blemish. Hold the banana skin in place on the wart with a plaster or surgical tape.
Some even swear that In addition to helping cure skin issues, banana peels offer great fertilizer for the garden. They say rose bushes especially love the nutrients found within the peels. Burying just a few peels near a plant will encourage it to thrive and even bloom in some cases.
In conclusion, a banana is actually a natural remedy for many illnesses. Comparing it to an apple, it is so much more rich in Potassium, it has four times the protein, twice the carbs, three times the phosphorus and five times the vitamin A and Iron. I guess the famous saying should be changed to ” A BANANA A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY ”
Enjoy your day
Have a banana 🙂