By Ana Margarita Olar │ GetHealthAccess.com
Bananas may have been the world’s firstly cultivated fruit. Served in many varieties such as plain, smoothie, or as chips, bananas have several amazing health benefits and here are some of them:
Brain Health Benefits
Bananas are rich in potassium and iron, which enhances mental functioning. It also contains a high level of tryptophan which is converted into serotonin- a neurotransmitter that induces a good mood.
Eye Health Benefits
It has a significant amount of Vitamin A to maintain normal vision, provides eye protection by preserving the membrane around your eyes and improves night vision.
Muscle Health Benefits
Bananas are packed with energy giving nutrients that can give you a boost during workouts. It may also relieve muscle cramps due to its potassium content. It also contains magnesium that helps relax muscle tissue.
Cardiovascular health benefits
Here are some content of bananas that are beneficial to your heart:
a. Soluble fiber content which is associated with decreased risk of heart disease.
b. Sterol content which blocks the absorption of bad cholesterol in our body.
c.Potassium is an important mineral electrolyte that maintains normal BP and heart function and protects against atherosclerosis.
Blood health benefits
Blood sugar- if eaten between meals bananas can help us stabilize blood sugar.
Iron content which is an essential mineral for the production of red blood cells.
Digestive health benefits
Fiber – aids in digestion helps maintain regular bowel movement, regulates sugar in the blood, and gives a feeling of fullness so it helps curb cravings and aid in weight loss.
Pectin – also aids in digestion and stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the intestines.
Antacids- bananas coat the linings of digestive tract so it prevents ulcer and provides a soothing relief from acid reflux.
Bananas also provide relief from diarrhea due to its anti-inflammatory effect. It coats the lining of digestive tract and relieves intestinal irritation during diarrhea. It coats the intestinal wall and helps to relax the bowels, thus regulating bowel motility.
Bone health benefits
Bananas are not a reliable source of calcium, but it contains probiotics that enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium
Has antioxidant phenolic content may be helpful in providing protection against kidney cancer.
Helps in quitting smoking.
Has vitamin b, potassium, magnesium helps to recover from cold turkey and alleviate nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
These are just some health benefits of bananas. If you still think that bananas are just for monkeys, it’s time you learn your lesson from them.