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The Health Benefits of Bananas

Updated on June 22, 2014

Health Benefits of Bananas

Whoever said Bananas are just for monkeys needs to think again. These commonly found, delicious tasting fruit has so many health benefits that once you read this article, you will never look at a banana in the same way again.

Delicious, rich and ripe - bananas are one of those fruits that are not seasonal. They are easily available all throughout the year. They are exceptionally healthy. They contain multiple beneficial nutrients. Eating one banana daily can help in keeping your body in a great condition both physically and help emotionally. Believe it or not, bananas can also be applied directly onto both hair and skin to keep them maintained and healthy.

The health benefits of bananas.
The health benefits of bananas.

Nutritional Values

Let us have a look at the nutritional value of a banana. Bananas are rich in the following;

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • Folates
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Nitrates
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorous

The health benefits of bananas.
The health benefits of bananas.

Health Benefits of Bananas

This long list of nutrients proves that bananas have a variety of health benefits. Let us look at a few of them;


Bananas give an instant boost of energy;

Bananas make excellent breakfast material for kids as well as adults. They provide energy that is required throughout the day. Bananas convert the present natural sugar into instant energy. This is also the reason why it is one of the most popular snack consumed by sportsmen and athletes during game intervals. This is one of the most popular health benefit of bananas.

Banana aid in lowering of cholesterol levels;

Bananas contain "pectin" which is a soluble fibre. This aids in lowering cholesterol levels in the body. Studies have shown that pectin helps in reducing the harmful (LDL) cholesterol without causing any difference in the level of good (HDL) cholesterol.

Bananas help in supporting renal health;

Bananas are very rich in potassium. If they are consumed regularly, they can help in supporting renal health.

Bananas help in reducing the risk of cancer;

As bananas are very rich in anti-oxidants and dietary fiber, they aid in reduction of the risk of different types of cancer. It can help especially in reducing the risk of cancer of the bowels.

Bananas help in the improvement of nerve function and also enhancing brain power;

Banana is a rich source of Vitamin B. Hence it is known for speeding up nerve functions, Also, the potassium in bananas ensures that there is a boost in learning abilities and mental health.

Bananas help reduce the risk of stroke;

Studies have shown that, regular consumption of bananas can aid in reducing the possible risk of strokes. This is due to the high amount of potassium found in bananas.

Bananas help in supporting natural bone health;

Bananas are said to contain large numbers of pro-biotic bacteria, which in turn are said to have huge calcium absorbing abilities. Thus consumption of bananas can aid in good bone health.

The health benefits of bananas.
The health benefits of bananas.

Bananas help enhance the capabilities of the digestive track;

Probiotic bacteria present abundantly in bananas aid in production of enzymes, which enable better absorption of nutrients in the body. This in turn helps in enhancing the digestive ability of the body and also prevents the harmful bacteria from harming the body.

Bananas are known to help in the curing of piles;

As bananas help in regulating the bowel movements, they can help in curing piles

Bananas are known to aid in the controlling of diarrhea;

Raw bananas are astringent in nature. Hence they help in maintenance of balance of fluids in the body and help in controlling diarrhea.

Bananas are known to aid in the protection against ulcers in the stomach;

Bananas contain enzymes that stimulate the cells making up the lining of the stomach. This helps in production of a thicker protective barrier of mucus, which safeguards against stomach acids. Also other enzymes found in bananas, help in getting rid of the stomach ulcer causing bacteria.

The health benefits of bananas.
The health benefits of bananas.

Bananas help to regulate anemia;

Bananas contain high level of iron. They help in regulating hemoglobin levels in the body. Hence they are really beneficial for people who are anemic.

Bananas help in aiding weight loss;

As bananas are rich in fibre and low in fats, they do not add on too many calories to your diet. Added to this is the fact that they are easily digestible.

Bananas are beneficial in curing insomnia;

Bananas are very rich in amino acids. These acids contain certain substances that help in inducing sleep. Eating a banana some time before sleeping can ensure that a person gets a peaceful night's sleep.

Bananas help in curing allergies;

As bananas contain benign amino acids, they can be used for preventing and curing of allergies.

Bananas help in the development of younger looking skin;

Bananas have nutrients that are essential for skin health. The vitamins in bananas aid in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. The anti-oxidants as well as manganese found in bananas help in protecting the skin from aging prematurely. Banana is essentially around 75% of water. Hence it helps to hydrate your skin. It also prevents skin from drying and peeling. Banana is also a great natural moisturizer for your skin. It helps in maintaining the natural and youthful glow of the skin. Banana peels can also be sued to get rid of warts and pimples. They are also said to help in getting rid of wrinkles and also in treating itchy skin.

Bananas can also be beneficial by adding shine to your hair;

Banana is rich in potassium, natural oils and carbohydrates. This can help in softening the hair, aid in maintaining the natural elasticity and shine of the hair. It can also help in preventing split ends. It has also been known to aid in controlling dandruff.

The health benefits of bananas.
The health benefits of bananas.

Conclusion

The banana has many health benefits. It keeps you healthy and is delicious to eat.

An added advantage is that it is easily affordable and also available throughout the year.
Making it a part of your daily diet will help you stay healthy. You can have beautiful skin and hair without exposing them to harmful chemicals. Bananas are also extremely convenient to carry and can make a quick snack whenever you are in a hurry.

So no more waiting! Start today. Don't know about apples but A banana a day can indeed keep the doctor away!

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    • bwhite062007 profile image

      Brianna W 

      3 years ago from East Coast

      I've loved bananas since I was a kid, especially peanut butter and banana sandwiches. However, I haven't had a banana in about 4 years. Every time I buy them, my 4 year old daughter eats them ALL.

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      Efficient Admin 

      4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      You just gave me a idea - I do have some frozen strawberries in the freezer. I think I will try that this weekend. I never thought of it as a banana split smoothie and now can't wait to try it. Thanks!

    • Mackinreviews profile imageAUTHOR

      Ty 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas

      @Efficient Admin - That sounds delicious, I would have to throw some frozen strawberries in there as well! almost like a banana split in smoothie form! :D Thanks for the share!! I'm going to make one, it sounds really good right now.

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      Efficient Admin 

      4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I take a just ripe banana, slice it up and store in the freezer on a plate. Once frozen throw them into a blender with 4-5 ice cubes, 2 cups almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 4-5 Tablespoons Ovaltine and puree. It is like having a homemade thick chocolate banana shake and it's really good! I love bananas too!

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      My doctor has ordered me to stay off bananas for a while; but when I get so desperate about that, I have to eat one to cheer me up. I love bananas. Thanks for outlining the nutritional benefits.

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