If there were a poll for everyone’s favorite fruit, bananas would likely top the list.
Bananas are not only part of my favorite dessert (banana split with 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream, of course!), apparently, it’s a fruit packed with a lot of health benefits too!
I’ve read this article about how much the fruit helps when it comes to keeping illnesses at bay. Did you know that there are plenty of health reasons why we should eat bananas daily? Here are some that surprised me:
Anemia: When red blood cells are depleted, this leads to fatigue and dizziness. Bananas contain significant amount of iron that helps people with this condition. Iron helps increase production of red blood cells.
Depression: Serotonin is a chemical in our body that transmits signals from one part of the brain to another and is known as a mood stabilizer. Studies show that an imbalance in serotonin levels contributes to depression. Serotonin is made from tryptophan, an amino acid found in bananas.
Ulcers: Because bananas are source of fiber and is non-acidic, it is part of the recommended diet to avoid ulcer pain. Dried unripe bananas are help in increasing the mucus lining in the digestive tract. Bananas also contain polysaccharides, the compound found in anti-ulcer prescription drugs.
Blood Pressure: Studies show that making 2 bananas a part of your daily diet reduces blood pressure by 10%. The potassium in banana is known to lower blood pressure.
Energy: If you noticed, bananas is a mainstay of marathon and triathlon events. Bananas are rich in carbohydrates, which is what athletes need to increase and sustain energy. Unlike sugary food, carbohydrates are slowly released into the system and that prevents sugar crash. If you’re feeling down and lethargic, it’s a good idea to eat a banana regardless if you are an athlete or not.
Constipation: The next time you’re finding it hard to excrete, treat yourself the all-natural way with a ripe banana. Pectin, the fiber found in ripe bananas, is known to help relieve constipation.
Stress: Do you need to de-stress? Grab a banana for an instant relaxing effect. When stressed out, potassium levels are depleted and this can lead to anxiety. . Eating bananas is shown to have the same effect as beta-blockers, the same prescription for anxiety conditions.
Heartburn: Eat bananas and reduce the symptoms of heartburn, especially when taken in powder form. There are however a percentage of people whose heartburn worsens with bananas. Try eating one the next time you have an acid reflux and if you feel that your digestive system became more acidic, skip bananas next time.
Cooling Down: If you’re having a fever or it’s the middle of a hot, summer day, help the body’s cooling down mechanism with a piece of banana. Tannin, a natural compound found in bananas, has a high astringency. This means that when consumed, body tissues shrink causing our cells to absorb more water. More water in your tissues lowers your body temperature. Eat in a bowl of banana split for that extra cooling effect!