Bananas, botanically a berry, is one of the most widely consumed fruit in the world. It is also one of the most nutritionally packed fruit. Bananas contain a large amount of vitamin B6 and a good amount of dietary fibres, potassium, vitamin c, manganese and copper. Some scientists and researchers believe the banana to be the first fruit. Bananas are grown in at least 107 countries and is ranked fourth in the world’s food crops in monetary value. According to research Americans consumes more bananas than apples and oranges combined. With so many bananas being consumed regularly, it is quite plausible for people to be questioning the effects of bananas on their health. So here are 5 health benefits of bananas:
5 Healthy Advantages or Benefits of Bananas for Your Happiness Life
1 Stress/anxiety relief
Anxiety is a very common issue faced by many people. Whether it is minor anxiety or severe, anxiety can cause so much distress, that it interferes with your life. Bananas have similar effects to pharmaceutical drugs called beta blockers. Beta blockers are prescribed for treating anxiety, high blood pressure and heart rate, that usually increases rapidly when you experience anxiety.
Similarly, bananas have been shown to be a natural beta blocker. Bananas are also a very good source of potassium that causes excretion of sodium which helps to reduce blood pressure as well as lower the heart rate. This is beneficial to those of us who suffer from anxiety problems because anxiety increases our metabolic rate causing potassium levels to drop. adding to this bananas also contain ample of vitamin B which can help the nervous system to relax.
2 Source of energy
Bananas contain a good combination of natural sugars as well as carbohydrates. This releases energy slowly over a period of time. It is a common sight to see professional athletes eat a banana before taking part in any event. Bananas are advised to be consumed half an hour before a workout by numerous experts in this field.This is because bananas release energy very slowly overtime. If a banana can keep a professional football player going then it must be a high ranked fruit.The carbohydrates in the banana gives you a lot of energy and keeps you going.
In study of distance cyclists it was found that eating one and a half a banana every fifteen minutes of a three-hour race was just as good at keeping energy levels steady as drinking an equivalent amount of processed sports beverage.
3 Helps in digestion
Fibre is needed for passing food through our digestive tract as well as smooth bowel movement. Bananas are high in fiber and help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. A small banana contains 2.6 grams of fibre, a medium size contains 3.1 grams and a large banana has 3.5-4 grams.It is recommended to eat a couple of bananas than to eat a laxative since it is a natural cure for constipation and also feeds the friendly bacteria living in our digestive tract that help to move our food through the tract.
4 Healthy heart
Bananas are contain a high amount of potassium and a low amount of salt, that it is perfect for controlling blood pressure. So much that the US Food and Drug Administration allowed the banana industry to claim the fruit’s ability reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke. Mark Houston, an associate clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School says, “An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.” Some people worry that eating bananas could raise their blood sugar level. However, even though bananas taste very sweet when ripe, and contain 14 grams of sugars, it still ranks very low in the glycemic index.
Bananas contain a very large amount of vitamin B6. This is the vitamin responsible for creating hemoglobin for healthy blood. Vitamin B6 also helps to maintain blood sugar level, breakdown amino acids and produce antibodies that improve the immune system. One banana contains a fifth of the daily recommended dose of vitamin B6.
Writer: Shalin Chitrakar