There is a combination of things that need to be done on a daily basis in order to really keep the doctor away, but a banana is a small but important part of the whole mosaic. The yellow fruit is high in natural sugars, fructose and sucrose and regular consumption can have amazing health benefits.
Did you know that although they are considered fruits, bananas are actually berries? But this is far from the only secret a banana hides. Check out these seventeen reasons about why you should add it to your daily diet.
1. Controls blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure, bananas are perfect for you. They’re low in sodium and high in potassium which makes them great for blood pressure control and general cardiovascular health. They also help the body’s circulatory system to deliver oxygen to your brain, and maintain both a regular heartbeat and a good balance of water.
2. Helps cure constipation
The fiber in bananas helps with bowel movements. If you’re having trouble going to the toilet, one banana should do the trick – they promote the restoration and maintenance of regular bowel movements without the need for laxatives.
3. Gives energy
Full of vitamins, minerals and low glycemic carbohydrates, bananas are a great source of energy. They’re a great to eat just before a workout and their potassium content help prevent muscle cramps – it is thought eating two bananas gives the body enough fuel to exercise for an hour and a half.
4. Cures heartburn
Bananas contain natural antacids so if you suffer from heartburn, consume them unripened.
5. Good for anemia
They help stimulate red blood cell and hemoglobin production so they are perfect if you suffer from anemia or generally lack iron in your diet.
6. Helps with depression
Bananas contain tryptophan which the body converts to serotonin – the happiness hormone – same as chocolate does, except they are healthier.
7. Healthier bones
Besides the cardiovascular benefits, the potassium in bananas helps promote bone health by decreasing the amount of calcium released through urine, which in turnes prevents the bones from thinning as you get older.
8. Perfect for stomach ulcers
Soft and mushy, they protect the stomach lining from acid and irritation, making annoying ulcers better.
9. Good for the nerves and during PMS
Bananas regulate the blood sugar and are rich in Vitamin B which will naturally calm you down if you are high strung, making you more relaxed and resulting in an overall mood boost.
10. Temperature control
Bananas lower your body temperature and cool you down which is particularly useful for ladies hitting the menopause.
11. Great for the heart
The fibre, potassium, vitamin C and B6 found in bananas are all excellent for your heart. They’ve been directly linked to a 49% lower risk of ischemic heart disease, and also help reduce the chances of a stroke.
12. Increasing insulin levels
High-fiber diets have been proven to improve insulin levels which make bananas an excellent choice for people with diabetes.
13. Improving digestion
Bananas have the ability to combat heartburn, diarrhea and constipation because they’re easy to digest. A small number of people who suffer from acid reflux have found that bananas aggravate their problem, but this is an individual thing.
14. Weight loss
Eating fiber from fruit and vegetables helps aid weight loss, plus bananas contain relatively few calories (about 100). They are filling and nutritious and unripened bananas are packed with starch so they can reduce your appetite even more.
They contain antioxidants which have been linked to many health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease and degenerative diseases.
16. Kidney health improvement
Potassium is essential for blood pressure control and healthy kidney function, and bananas are a great source of the stuff. You’re way less likely to develop kidney disease if you eat a banana every day!
17. The riper, the better
The immunity-boosting and anti-cancer properties of bananas are even more pronounced in spotted bananas, so eat them instead of throwing them away!