Healthy food isn’t always tasty. But with regards to bananas, this isn’t the case. Which is why it’s doubly pleasing to learn that they not only bring satisfaction to your taste buds but also a great many benefits to your health.
A banana is a very good source of potassium and manganese, supplying about 1/4 to 1/3 of the daily requirement of both minerals per cup. It is a good source of magnesium. It is also an excellent source of vitamins B6 and C and is high in riboflavin.
Here’s a look at what happens to your body when you eat a banana.
Depression: They can help overcome depression because they have high levels of tryptophan, which our bodies convert into serotonin. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that makes people relax, feel happy, and improves mood. Thus, bananas can help people feel better and beat depression.
Blood Pressure: Bananas help to lower blood pressure and protect against stroke or heart attack because they are low in sodium and high in potassium, making them a heart healthy food. Constipation- If you are clogged up, eat a few bananas. They have enough fiber in them to stimulate regular bowel movements and provide natural relief for constipation.
Brain: Bananas release energy slowly, which helps the brain stay alert for a longer period of time. The high potassium levels keep us more alert and the magnesium helps the brain to focus.
Heart: Not really a surprise here, given the banana’s high levels of nutrients and vitamins. Increasing potassium intake and decreasing the intake of sodium is probably the most important thing someone can do to protect their heart, and the banana is a high-potassium, low-sodium food. The fiber, vitamin C and B6 ingredients in the banana also promotes health and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Bones: The nutrients in bananas helps build and sustain strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
There are many more benefits that bananas can give you beyond the ones mentioned above. Throw a few in your bag and snack on them throughout the day to stave off food cravings and hunger, and to keep yourself in a good mood. Your mind, body, and the people around you will all be better off if you have them on hand. Spread the health, and enjoy!