Bananas are wonderfully sweet fruits with firm, soft and creamy flesh and is usually elongated and curved. They are covered with a coat, which may be green, yellow, red, purple or brown when ripe. Bananas are one of nature’s great foods and are packed with lots of health benefits, some of which are outlined below.
1. Regulates Blood Pressure
Bananas are rich in potassium, which usually counterbalances the effect of sodium (salt) in raising your blood pressure. Potassium is an essential mineral for maintaining proper heart functions and regulating blood pressure.
2. Builds Immune Response
Bananas are particularly high in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Pyridoxine is involved in producing antibodies for a stronger immune response in your body. It is also important for creating hemoglobin for healthy blood. Just one banana contains one fifth of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B6, and it tastes much better than vitamin pills too.
3. Increases Energy
Sports drinks, energy bars and electrolyte gels are extremely popular nowadays. However, recent studies show that eating bananas at 15 minutes intervals during exercises may be more effective as bananas can help boost and sustain athletes’ performance during and after workouts and competitions. Not only will your body thank you for the vitamin and mineral boost when you eat bananas, the energy release will be much more consistent.
4. Improves Digestion
Bananas are a great source of dietary fiber. Most people don’t get nearly enough fiber in our diets, which is necessary for food to travel smoothly through the digestive system and also for improving bowel movements. A couple of bananas would be a better option for treating occasional constipation, rather than taking a laxative. Bananas are also rich in fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) which feed the important ‘friendly’ bacteria in your digestive tract that help absorb nutrients more efficiently.
5. Provides Cure for Skin Conditions
Even the banana’s skin has its uses. It is great for treating skin conditions like psoriasis and acne. The fatty acid content of the banana skin helps relieve a variety of skin conditions, as well as having a strong moisturizing effect. Rub the freshly peeled inside of the banana skin gently over the affected area and leave the residue to be absorbed.
So there you have it, great reasons to pick up a bunch of bananas the next time you’re out getting groceries. You can eat your banana alone or mixed with other foods or blended up in a smoothie.