An Apple a day keeps the doctor away and so does a BANANA. Unlike many other fruits, banana is not juicy or crunchy but it is soft inside the peel and is full of energy. It is a rich source of vitamins, several minerals like potassium, zinc, carbohydrates and fibre. Banana contains high calorific content that’s why it is often considered as instant source of energy. It is also said that one banana provides enough calories required by a man in a day.
Bananas are easily available all year round throughout most parts of the world; this easy availability of banana also makes it very popular among the fruits. Not just as a fruit, banana is also used as a popular drink (banana shake), in various recipes including yummy cakes. Apart from this here are 10 health benefits of adding a banana in your daily diet:
Benefits of banana
1. Natural Source of Energy
Bananas are a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It contains all three natural sugars, glucose, sucrose and fructose, which provide an instant boost to your energy levels. Bananas come in the category of few fruits which contain both complex as well as simple carbohydrates. Bananas contain a rare combination of simple as well as complex carbohydrates. While simple carbohydrates a give quick energy complex carbohydrates increases the stamina. It has been found that eating just two bananas can give you enough energy to exercise for 90 minutes.
2. Keeps Cardiovascular Functioning at its Best:
Bananas are rich in potassium, which acts as mineral electrolyte and is essential for your heart. Potassium travels to cells throughout the body and helps the circulatory system in delivering oxygen to the brain. This maintains the regular heartbeat and keeps the body well hydrated.
Eating bananas can also substantially reduce risk of stroke, regulate blood pressure and prevent various heart diseases.
3. Your Weight Loss Dietitian:
If you are looking for a food that can help you lose weight then bananas are a perfect choice. They are rich source of vitamins and fibre and low in fat.
The several B vitamins in banana help in increasing the metabolism. Banana also has a lot of fibre which absorbs water and makes us feel fuller for longer duration. Its sweet taste makes it good option to satisfy our sugar cravings.
4. Maintains Health of Eyes:
Bananas contain vitamin A, which is vital for eye health. Adequate daily vitamin A intake also lessens your risk of night blindness.
There have been studies which show that eating three or more servings of bananas per day may lower your risk of age-related muscular degeneration (which is a primary cause of vision loss in older people), by more than 36%.
5. Heals Mosquito Bites:
Banana peel offer instant relief from the itchiness and pain of mosquito bites. Rubbing the inside of the banana peels on the bite for about five to ten minutes can help you to get rid of itching and swelling. Actually, this simple home remedy often works better than various creams /medications you find at the drugstore.
6. Friend of Pregnant Woman:
If you are pregnant and want to overcome morning sickness, grab a banana. The relaxing properties help to replenish the body and ensure a healthy blood glucose level. This in turn helps combat nausea. The various nutrients in banana help in dealing with mood swings and also support the physical development of the foetus.
7. Checks Bowel Movements:
Bananas contain insoluble fibre that collects the waste while travelling through the digestive tract, and produce bowel movements that are soft and easy to pass. Irregular bowel movements are an exasperating problem that can be easily solved with regular consumption of bananas.
8. Keeps Ulcer at bay:
Bananas are beneficial for your stomach health in two ways. Firstly, bananas aid in producing a thicker protective mucus lining in the stomach that serves as a barrier against stomach acids. They also help in neutralizing acidity from foods, which can contribute to the formation of ulcers.
Secondly, bananas are rich in protease inhibitor, which reduces the risk of stomach ulcers by eliminating the bacteria within the stomach.
9. Provides a Glowing Skin:
Apart from helping you get some much-needed beauty sleep, you can add bananas to your beauty regime too. Banana masks are a natural way to get smooth, supple and glowing skin. It has moisturizing properties which are extremely good for people who have dry skin.
10. Improves Your Sex Life:
The phallic shape of banana makes it the most indicative food as your partner for genital health. But the erotic effect of banana is not just confined to its shape, but is because of the nutrients which are responsible for the production of sexual hormones and also enhance male libido. Also it regulates the secretion of serotonin which is responsible for the euphoric feeling after intercourse.
After reading all these benefits, don’t just rush to a grocery store nearby and start eating bananas like anything. Here is a word of caution. Always eat bananas in moderation as consuming too much banana but too little water may contribute to constipation. Moreover, eating unripe bananas can lead to gas and constipation.
After reading all this, I would like you to share your experiences on how banana also helped you, you can feel free to share your experiences and if you have any queries.
Eat Natural…!! Stay Healthy…!!