To get A new way healthy; Bananas!4 min read
How many times have you heard about the benefits of bananas? Have your parents not told you that it is full of potassium, but you just think it is better in a milkshake? Well, there are many other minerals than just potassium in bananas. Actually, bananas have benefits beyond your perception! Let us discuss each one of them in our article.
Bananas are those long shaped, curved fruit with that distinct yellow (or green in some areas) color you see in your daily market on the top aisle. They are a great desert if you are a weight watcher, containing only 110 calories.
Bananas are full of nutrients
It is well-known, ever since we were kids, that bananas give us our daily need of potassium (440 mg). According to Colorado State University Extension, potassium is necessary for good nerve and muscle function as well as for maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body. The potassium in bananas can help prevent muscle cramps after exercise. That’s not all, for besides potassium, bananas contain:
- Vitamin C.
- Vitamin B-6.
A banana provides some iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus , vitamins A and E, folate, carotene and choline. Furthermore, bananas contain trace amounts of many amino acids.
Bananas help improve digestion, and they are stomach-friendly kind of fruit.
Do feel sick? Do you have an upset stomach and you feel like you cannot eat anything? Bananas are your go-to, because they’re easy to digest, and they provide you with the necessary nutrients for your body. Not to mention, they are good in cases of diarrhea.
Bananas are rich in antioxidants and dopamine!
Dopamine is that feel-good chemical that helps improve your general mood and antioxidants help keep you young and healthy. Based on a study, both the banana and the peel show antioxidant activity (1) as well as the feel-good chemical in the brain namely, dopamine(2). The bottom line is, bananas are high in several antioxidants, which may help reduce free radical damage and lower the risk of some diseases.
Bananas can help you feel more full
Have you ever eaten a banana and you felt like you couldn’t finish it? Have you ever left your banana smoothie half-full due to getting full too soon? Well, no wonder, because some bananas (mainly the unripe greener) bananas are rich in starch or what they call “resistant starch”(3).
Resistant starch is a type of indigestible carbohydrate found in unripe bananas, and it functions like soluble fiber in the body. Also, the pectin acts with the resistant starch, and studies have shown (4) to have an appetite reducing effects of fullness after meals, so it should be on your diet food list.
Bananas may improve kidney health
Because of its high potassium content, bananas (the potassium found in them) is essential for blood pressure control, and it helps maintain a healthy kidney function.
In a study conducted in Sweden(5), women who ate bananas 2-3 times per week were less likely to have kidney problems, while other studies showed a better percentage based on those who ate bananas almost on a daily basis than those who don’t at all.
Bananas are full of energy and excellent for working out!
The title speaks for itself, this food is the best for athletes due to the fact that it is easily digested by the body, and due to its excellent nutrients. Athletes deal a lot with muscle cramps, and this is where bananas come along to largely reduce muscle cramps and soreness(6) which makes you endure more pressure and carry on your exercise without a worry!
Before I wrap this up, not only are bananas restricted to your health, but they go beyond to things like treating insect bites, whitening teeth, treating bruises and cuts and even polishing leather and silver!
The next time you’re looking for a snack, a treatment or something sweet, look no further, bananas are here. It’s safe to say that there’s a hidden medicine cabinet locked inside the peel and pulp of this mystical fruit as researches each day are growing and the list is just getting longer and longer.