22 HEALTH BENEFITS OF FRESH BANANAS - Grace Ngo Foundation

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Friday, 21 August 2015

22 HEALTH BENEFITS OF FRESH BANANAS

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Creamy, rich, and sweet bananas are not just for monkeys, they are a favorite food for many from infants to elders. They could not be more convenient to enjoy, and they are a good source of both vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber. Here are some health benefits of   bananas, giving us a clue why monkeys love bananas.
  • Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter
  • Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B6.
  • Helps counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
  • Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.
  • Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress relieving relaxation.
  • Eat about two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch to sustain your blood sugar.
  • High in Potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
  • Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.\
  • Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
  • Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients
  • It aids constipation. High fibre in bananas can help normalize bowel movement.
  • In times of diarrhea, bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.
  • Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
  • Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consume without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.
  • Eating a banana between meals can help stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness
  • Bananas makes you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  • Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.
  • Bananas may help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
  • Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever on a hot day.
  • The natural mood –enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve seasonal disorder.
  • Bananas contain high levels of B-Vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal from smoking.
  • Cardiovascular benefit:
A type of benefits worthy of note in bananas is related to their potassium content. Bananas are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.

Another important heart benefit involves their sterol content. While bananas a are a very low fat food, one type of fat that they do contain in small amounts are sterols like sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol. As these sterols look structurally similar to cholesterol, they can block the absorption of dietary cholesterol, by blocking absorption, they help us keep our blood cholesterol levels in check.

A third type of heart friendliness of bananas involves their fibre content. Bananas are ranked as a good source of fibre. Approximately one-third of the fiber in bananas is water-soluble fiber. For one medium-sized banana. Soluble fiber in food is a type of fiber especially associated with decreased risk of heart disease, making regular intake of bananas a potentially helpful approach to lower your heart disease risk.

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