This yellow colour fruit is a much favourite amongst many as it makes a healthy munch. Bananas are one of the most popular and widely consumed fruit and it should be even more popular considering it’s surprisingly numerous benefits.
Did you know that eating bananas protects you from chronic diseases, that morning sickness can be prevented by snacking on them, that it can lower temperature of the body during a fever or on a hot day, or inflammation caused by mosquito bites can be treated by rubbing the inside of its peels, or that it makes quitting smoking easier? Surely some of these qualities hit as new to you. Let’s look at more of such qualities of this happy colour fruit.
1) Depression and moods-
Bananas regulate blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation. Vitamin B6, serotonin, tryptophan and dopamine in bananas help combat symptoms of PMS, erratic mood swings, and depression. Bananas are also helpful in relieving Seasonal Affective Disorders.
2) Instant energy supply-
The natural sugars in bananas are converted into instant energy and so they are good for kids and adults alike as it provides required energy throughout the day. They are most beneficial to people who needs constant energy, like sportsperson or people who work out a lot, as apart from the energy supply, it also protect against muscle cramps during workouts and also leg cramps.
3) Weight watch-
Bananas are beneficial both in weight gain and weight loss. They provide the body with necessary natural sugars and essential nutrients that aids weight gain. People who are trying to lose weight can avoid binging between meals by eating a banana. It is a safe snack as it contains loads of fibre and low amounts of easily digestible fat.
Bananas are rich in amino acids known as Tryptophan, which can trigger production of sleep hormone, melatonin, which induces sleep. Eating banana a few hours before bedtime can help you have a peaceful night’s sleep.
5) Stronger bones-
Certain bacteria present in bananas help better absorb calcium in the body, helping to build stronger and better bones. Consuming banana counteract calcium loss during urination. High potassium protects against loss of muscle mass and preserves bone mineral density.
6) Enhances digestive ability-
Bananas stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon and prevent unfriendly bacteria from harming the body. They also produce digestive enzymes that assist in absorbing nutrients. High fibre in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
7) Enhances brain work-
B vitamins in banana strengthens nervous system and perk up nerve function. Potassium, in banana keeps the mental faculties alert and boosts learning abilities. Studies suggest that the amino acid- tryptophan- found abundantly in bananas plays a role in preserving memory.
8) Combat stomach ulcers:
Certain substances in bananas stimulate the cells which make up the stomach lining resulting in the production of a thicker protective mucus barrier against stomach acids. Also, certain substance present in banana help getting rid of bacteria that produces stomach ulcers, thus protecting against damage of stomach and ulcers.
9) Keep blood pressure under control-
Bananas are rich in potassium, calcium & magnesium, so it is a healthy option for decreasing as well as keeping blood pressure in check. Banana has high potassium content and low salt content, as doctors have often pointed out, lowering sodium intake and increasing potassium intake is essential to keeping a check on blood pressure.
10) Heart health-
The fibre, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in bananas support heart health. Bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to protect against heart attack and stroke. High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke. Studies indicate that regular intake of bananas helps reduce the occurrence of stroke.
Consumption of bananas reduces risk of various types of cancer, especially bowel cancer, as they are rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre. Vitamin C present in bananas can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
12) Treating diarrhoea and constipation–
Bananas are useful both in treating diarrhoea and constipation. Since bananas are astringent in nature, they are effective in treating diarrhoea. They also help replenish potassium and lost electrolytes after diarrhoea. Pectin found in Bananas, help to alleviate constipation and improves bowel function. Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract, it also help promote regularity.
Studies have shown that consumption of high-fibre fruits such as banana results in lower blood glucose levels in people who have type 1diabetes and may have improved blood sugar and insulin levels in type 2 diabetics. Eating bananas between meals helps stabilize blood sugar. Bananas reduce swelling and protect against type II diabetes.
14) Quit smoking-
Vitamins B6 and B12 along with magnesium and Potassium in Bananas helps recover from nicotine addiction. High levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium help speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
15) Helps regulating anemia:
Bananas strengthen your blood and are good for anemic patients as they contain high levels of iron which help regulate the haemoglobin levels in the body.