Banana is one of my favorite fruits. And after reading this it might be one of your favorites too!
There are three natural sugars that are present in a banana – fructose, sucrose and glucose along with fiber. It does not only provide a substantial boost in energy instantaneously, but also sustains it for a long time. Research studies showed that you would need to eat only two bananas to get enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. This is why bananas tops the list of favorites fruits of leading athletes around the world. In addition to providing energy, this fruit helps you to prevent/overcome a number of health challenges. Here are the top 13.
A recent MIND survey revealed that patients afflicted with depression felt a lot better after they ate a banana. These patients felt better because the protein tryptophan present in bananas is converted into serotonin by their body. The feel good hormone serotonin improves your mood and helps you to relax.
You can eat a banana instead of popping in pills. Bananas contain vitamin B6 which plays a key role in regulating blood glucose levels. This helps to improve your mood.
Bananas are rich in iron which promotes production of hemoglobin. This in turn helps prevent anemia.
Bananas are extremely rich in potassium, but the salt content is low. Therefore, they are helpful in combating blood pressure. The banana industry in the U.S. has even been allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make claims about banana’s ability to reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke.
As many as 200 students form a school in Twickenham, England, were fed bananas during breakfast, break and lunch through their exam period in a bid to improve their memory power. That study has shown that bananas actually help students be more alert.
The fiber-rich bananas help in re-establishing normal bowel movement. So instead of reaching for laxatives, just eta a delicious banana.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Bananas are ideal in between meals snacks. They help to keep the blood glucose levels higher. This eliminates morning sickness.
Bananas are natural antacids. If you are suffering from heartburn, all you need to do is eat a banana to experience the soothing relief.
Instead of using an insect bite cream you can rub the affected area with the inside part of the banana peel. It is very helpful not only in reducing swelling, but also itching and irritation.
You can easily cure a hangover by drinking a banana smoothie that not only calms down your stomach but also raises your blood sugar levels.
Bananas, rich in B vitamins, help to calm down the nervous system. Studies conducted by the Institute of Psychology in Austria, determined that work pressure leads to increased consumption of chocolates and chips. Researchers looked at 5,000 patients in hospitals and found out that most of the obese patients were in high-pressure jobs. The conclusion of the study was that it is important to eat foods that have higher carbohydrate content every two hours in order to avoid food cravings caused by panic and control blood sugar levels.
The soft and smooth texture of banana makes it a great food for managing intestinal disorders. The only fruit that can be eaten raw by people with chronic ulcer is a banana. It does not only neutralize acidity, but also reduces irritation.
In many cultures, bananas are seen as cooling fruits. They believe that bananas are helpful in lowering physical as well as emotional temperature in the case of expectant mothers. It is common for people in Thailand to feed pregnant women with bananas so that the baby benefits from its cooling effect.
Banana is also used as a natural remedy for several illnesses. When compared with an apple, a banana contains 4 times more protein, 2 times more carbohydrates, 3 times more phosphorus, 5 times more vitamin A as well as iron. In addition, it is also rich in potassium. So what are you waiting for? Go bananas over bananas 🙂