Banana is one of the best foods from nature which has lot of health benefits. It is well known that bananas are rich in potassium but here I am going to share some of the lesser known benefits of banana.
Potassium is essential for proper function fo heart and also to maintain blood pressure. Banana is rich in potassium which helps in negating the effect of sodium which causes increase in blood pressure. It also reduces the risk of heart attacks and benefits bones and kidneys.
2. Increase In Energy
Energy bars and sports drinks are a rage these days due to fancy advertisements. However if you check on professional athletes you can see that they have a banana before or even during their sports events. Bananas are a great source of energy which no energy bars can provide. Plus they are cheap to buy too. They also contain soluble fiber which slowly releases energy to your body. They are also a good snack to have between meals.
3. Improvement In Digestion
Most people’s diet does not contain enough fiber. It is required for proper bowel function and also for the food to travel smoothly for digestion, and bananas are a great source of fiber. They are also a better option as a laxative.
4. Cure Ulcer & Heartburn
Bananas help in protecting against stomach ulcers and ar also a known cure for heartburns. They balance your stomach pH levels and enhance mucus layer which offers protection.
5. Vitamin B6
Bananas are high in vitamin B6 which helps creating hemoglobin for healthy blood. They also help in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, break down amino acids and improve immunity. Just one banana can provide you with 1/5th of your daily B6 requirements and they are much better than taking pills.
6. Healthy skin
Bananas are very helpful in treating skin diseases like acne and psoriasis. Rubbing freshly peeled banana skin over the affected area will have a strong moisturizing effect and relieves a variety of skin conditions. They are also use to treat warts.
7. Essential Vitamins & Minerals
Bananas are not just known for potassium and vitamin B6, they are also rich in other nutrients like vitamin C, manganese and magnesium. They are also source of other minerals like zinc, iron, etc.
8. Fights Cancer?
A recent Japanese study on animals has shown that a full ripe banana with dark sports produces a compound called TNF-a which increases white blood cells and thus enhances out immunity to help fight against cancer cells. Though it is too early to comment on this, increasing fruit intake such as banana will help in lowering risks of various cancers and other diseases.
9. Reduces Stress
Proper serotonin levels helps in reducing stress and also improves our mood. Bananas contain amino acid called tryptophan which is converted to serotonin by our body. While bananas are not the main sources of tryptophan they are easiest available.
10. Cure For Hangover
If you had a bit of too much last night then drinking banana shake with berries and milk is great to recover from your hangover. Though it is good not to drink too much, having some bananas ready for the next morning is a good idea.
So there you go. The next time you go out for grocery shopping don’t forget to add bananas to your shopping list. If you know of any other benefits of banana please use the comment section below to let out readers know.