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Benefits Bananas

Updated on January 31, 2014
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Fights Depression

You know depression is caused when you are low on serotonin. This serotonin is a happiness inducing hormone. Bananas have tryptophan (amino acid) in them that help in the making of serotonin by our body. Another great thing about tryptophan is it helps you relax and induces you to sleep. So those with sleeping problem like insomnia get a relief from their sleeping disorder. So with old age , one should eat bananas to prevent and overcome depression.

Energy Booster

When you are low in energy after a strenuous workout. Have bananas you will get instant energy. Bananas contain sugar- glucose and fructose. Which gives instant energy when eaten. Another nutrient that helps the sportsmen is the potassium which this fruit provides. Potassium prevents muscle cramping and fatigue. It is the favorite fruit of sportsmen. When you are doing a hard grilling workout, you get an instant source of dense carbohydrates by eating this fruit. Thus giving your muscles a natural sugar as a fuel.

Adds great nutrition

100 grams of banana contains the following
- 89 kcal of calories

- Total carbohydrates 22.8 g. 12.13 g is share of sugar and 2.6 g is share of dietary fiber in carbohydrate. The sugar contains sucrose, glucose, fructose which is an instant source of energy

- 0.3 g of fat it contains which is 1% of body daily requirements. It is almost a negligible source of fat.

- 1.09 g protein

- Vitamins quantity
Vitamin A 64 IU
Vitamin C 8.7 mg that is 15% daily requirement. It is quite a good source
Vitamin B6 0.4mg that is 17% of daily body requirement
Folate 20 mcg that is 5% of daily body requirement
Riboflavin 0.1mg that is 4% of daily body requirement
Niacin 0.7mg that is 4% of daily body requirement
Pantothenic acid 0.3mg
Choline 9.8mg

Minerals
Potassium 358mg. This is really great content around 10% of daily body requirement
Calcium 5 mg
Copper 0.1 mg
Magnesium 27 mg. This is 6% of daily body requirement
Manganese 0.3 mg. This is 13% of daily body requirement
Phosphorus 22 mg
Sodium 1.0 mg

-Phytosterols16.0mg . they plays a major role in various health benefits like reducing cholesterol and reduces various cancer risks

Culinary Benefits Of Banana

Effective in High Blood Pressure

Potassium is associated with reducing high blood pressure. As potassium leads to increase amount of sodium excretion from body. Sodium you know increases high BP. Potassium is around 358 mg that is 10% of your daily requirement in 100 grams banana. So have at-least 2 bananas a day to check your hypertension

Healthy Bone Formation

As bananas are rich in potassium, they lead to healthy bone formation. As potassium decrease the loss of calcium in urination, thus calcium in the blood increases. The result is strong bones leads to reduce chances of osteoporosis. So as you go old banana is great at keeping you strong.

Eyesight is protected

Eating 3 or more bananas decreases the chances of age-related macular degeneration disease (AMD). So chance of getting vision loss when you grow old is eliminated. So for eye protection bananas are a must food

Provides Sound Heart Health

Potassium in banana keeps the blood pressure under check. Hypertension is associated with many heart ailments like atherosclerosis, heart attack etc.So you can be assured of a sound heart health. Thus making banana a good heart tonic

Other Benefits of Banana

1) Good for diarrhea patients- Replenishes potassium

Diarrhea causes shortage of body electrolytes. Potassium in banana is good source of electrolytes. It replenishes the potassium lost in diarrhea. Banana also relieves you from diarrhea symptoms as well as stopping this problem

2) Leads to healthy Kidneys- Reduced Kidney cancer risk

It has seen that those who ate 4-6 bananas in week reduced the kidney cancer occurrence risk by 40 %. So when you are healthy you should eat bananas for healthy kidney.
But when you have kidney problems like kidney failure then you need to consult your doctor before having bananas. During kidney failure, the kidneys are unable to excrete abundant potassium from body through urine. As bananas are high in potassium, it causes an overload on your damaged kidneys.

3) Brain tonic- Leads to healthy brain

There are various reasons why bananas are great for brain health. First it is abundant in potassium which leads to good normal oxygen levels among the cells in brain. Second tryptophan in bananas stimulates serotonin thus keeping depression at bay. Third it induces sleeping, when you woke up your brain is fresh and energized. Fourth being fiber rich , bananas promote overall health of body. Last instant energy from bananas makes your brain active.

4) Aids Digestion-Prebiotic source

Bananas are easily digested by our body. The sugar in bananas gives us instant energy. Bananas are great prebiotic, as it ensures the growth of friendly bacteria in our digestive system. Being high in fiber it ensures you are free from constipation. IT prevents various ulcers and diseases in stomach.

5) Problems like menstrual pains and mood swings associated with it are relieved with eating of bananas by making you relaxed and calm

6) Anaemic people should eat bananas as iron in it produces haemoglobin

7) You get relief in heartburn problems and acid reflux as bananas are natural antacid.

8) Those thinking of quitting smoking should eat bananas as it makes you calm.

Disclaimer

This article is meant for information purpose only. The information provided here is not a substitute of professional medical advice. Please seek the advice of doctors or physician before using the information in this article for any health program.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful. I now look forward to many more.

      Eddy.