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Top 10 Health Benefits of Bananas

By Edited Sep 30, 2015 1 1

Bananas have always been on the fruit baskets of our tables and served as desserts or snacks. Bananas come from large plants, unlike other fruits that come from trees. The daily requirements of fruits include five servings and bananas have always been the choice to complete these daily fruit requirements. Bananas are also available all year round so you don’t need to wait for it to be in the market.

Bananas provide benefits such as:

1. Bananas are rich source of energy

Bananas contain few calories and fats; however, it is a rich source of energy because it contains sucrose that will be converted to glucose for the production of energy. In fact, a piece of banana as a snack can already provide you with the energy that other snacks can provide.

2. Reduces risk for heart disease

Almost all fruits, including bananas, reduces the risk for heart diseases because of the phytochemicals it contains that help reduce the cholesterol levels. In addition, bananas are also a rich source of fiber that helps flush fat and cholesterol out of the body from the gastrointestinal tract.

3. Reduces risk for cancers

The phytochemicals contained in bananas also may prevent the development of cancers by eliminating carcinogens in the body. It specifically reduces risk for colon cancer because of its benefits in improving the bowel elimination.

4. Contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Bananas also contain high amounts of vitamin B6, potassium and manganese, which are essential for the functioning of cells.

5. Prevents electrolyte imbalance during vomiting and diarrhea

The most essential electrolyte that is lost during vomiting and diarrhea is potassium. Bananas are used to replenish the lost potassium in the body and prevent hypokalemia, which is usually fatal because it may cause cardiac arrhythmias.

6. Regulates blood pressure

Potassium in bananas also essential in the regulation of blood pressure because it is essential for the normal contraction of smooth muscles found in the walls of arteries. In addition, potassium is also low in sodium that promotes water retention and subsequently increases blood pressure. When high blood pressure is prevented, the risk for stroke may also decrease.

7. Prevents muscle cramps

Potassium found in bananas also has a role in the proper contraction of skeletal muscles. When potassium is adequate, there are decreased tendencies for muscle cramps. Athletes usually take bananas in order to prevent sports related muscle cramps.

8. Improves mood

Bananas contain tryptophan, which is a precursor of serotonin; thereby enhancing the mood. Tryptophan makes you feel happier and feel good. According to research, people with depression usually have increased mood after taking bananas.

9. Combats motion sickness

Bananas are also good for pregnant women because it reduces motion sickness. Be sure to take the smaller varieties of bananas because they contain more fiber that prevents constipation.

10. Improves mental functioning

Bananas improve mental functioning as evidenced by improved performances in children who eat bananas three times a day.

Aside from these, bananas may also be beneficial in reducing menstrual pains and reduces the acidity in the stomach helping people with ulcers. 

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Comments

May 30, 2012 7:39pm
Introspective
I knew that bananas were helpful for relieving muscle cramps because of the potassium but I was not aware that there were so many other benefits to them. Great article!
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