Due to their overwhelming abundance and economical price point, bananas are rather underappreciated and are relegated to the realm of jokes. The mere sight of a banana is enough to reduce the lot of us to a bunch of silent giggles. It's incredibly fun to pronounce bananas. With so many quirky notions attached to the fruit, it's hard to take it seriously. But here are 15 reasons why you shouldn't!
Helps with blood pressure
Do you suffer from high blood pressure? This is because of your salt intake which includes a large quantity of sodium. But bananas are LOW in sodium and HIGH in potassium, making them perfect for your heart and blood pressure!
Bananas are incredibly high in fiber. In fact, just one serving of the delicious fruit will line your body with 3.1 grams of fiber! Fiber will help you with relieve constipation by absorbing water to keep stools large and soft.
The large energy boost
They have about 120 calories and 16 grams of sugar. That is a tremendous amount of energy packed in one tiny package. For this reason bananas are the number one choice for athletes who require large amounts of energy.
No more heart disease
Research indicates that because bananas are so incredibly abundant in potassium, they help to reduce the probability of vascular calcification and arterial stiffness. Both of which are preconditions of an impending heart attack. So make sure to eat your bananas.
Low iron in blood
Individuals who are suffering from symptoms of anemia such as shortness of breath, lethargy, sore gums and brittle nails know how hard life can be without enough iron in your body. But you can make up for it by eating bananas.
Doctors are of the opinion that bananas contain a respectable amount of serotonin. It's a drug chemical, a kind of neurotransmitter in the brain. It's main function is to make us feel happy and uplift our moods. Each bite you take from a banana is one step closer to happiness.
Bananas contain powerful antioxidants such as catechins and dopamine. Both of which have great health benefits. So next time you decide to down a dozen cup of coffees, think about giving those bananas a chance to increase concentration at work.
The kidney could use it too!
Potassium is one of the most important minerals used for blood pressure regulation, which is responsible for damaging the kidney. Research says that women who eat 2 to 3 bananas a week were 33% less likely to suffer from renal failure.
Help with digestion
There are not one, but two types of fiber in bananas, pectin and resistant starch. Both of these help with digestion in the large intestine. In fact, a study reported that fiber reduces the chances of getting colon cancer by a whopping half!
You can now ditch your glasses
Bananas contain a particulate amount of Vitamin A which is soluble in fat and one of the most essential ingredients needed for a good eye sight. Vitamin A helps to protect membranes around the eyes which control the amount of light entering the cornea.
No more stomach ulcers
Ulcers cause sharp pains after eating food and the subsequent loss of appetite. They might require surgery if left untreated. Bananas are high in magnesium and manganese which prevent the growth of ulcer-inducing bacteria and also thicken the mucous membrane of the stomach.
Bananas prevent the growth of cancer
Japanese Scientific Research claims that a fully ripe banana with dark patches and yellow skin help with the increased production of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF). They help to increase immunity to abnormal cells which can cause cancer.
Strong white blood cells
Bananas with yellow skin and dark spots are extremely efficient in strengthening the function of white blood cells. Be careful not to eat overripe bananas however because they tend to lose some of their benefits and their anti-cancerous value.
Bananas help you to lose weight because of their low calorie content per every kilo joule of energy they provide. So if you want to gain that flat belly, try to incorporate bananas into your daily diet.
Help with insulin sensitivity
It is absolutely critical for patients with diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels as stable as is remotely possible. Bananas contain carbs which are in the form of sugar, fiber and starch all of which improve insulin sensitivity.
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