9 Benefits of Eating Bananas

1. Bananas Increase Your Brain Power.

The potassium in bananas helps your circulatory system deliver oxygen to your brain. It was proven in a British school that students who ate a banana with breakfast, lunch and dinner were more receptive, alert and performed better in exams.

2. Bananas reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

Once again the potassium in bananas is responsible for lowering the blood pressure and improving muscle function and contraction. This in turn improves the function of the heart and nervous system.

 

3. Bananas reduce depression and improve your mood.

This is a result of the Tryptophan acids in bananas. They also help in reducing stress levels. If you would like more information on helping with stress, depression and other mental health issues, check out our article 7 Tips for Good Mental Health.

4. Bananas help to regulate your bowel system.

Bananas are rich in fiber and this ensures optimal operation of your bowel system. So to avoid constipation eat a banana a day.

5. Bananas Promote healthy bones.

We all know that we need calcium to build and maintain healthy bones. Well bananas contain probiotic bacteria that improve your digestive ability and aid the absorption of calcium.

6. Bananas Can Help Reduce Menstrual Pain.

The vitamin B6 in bananas helps regulate blood glucose levels. As well as balancing your moods, this helps reduce menstrual pain.

7. Bananas help alleviate anaemia.

Bananas are rich in iron which helps build haemoglobin. Good haemoglobin levels are exactly what you need to beat anaemic conditions.

8. Bananas can help you to stop smoking.

Smokers build up high levels of nicotine in their bodies. The minerals in bananas including potassium, iron and vitamins B6 and B12 can help reduce that nicotine. If you need more tips on quitting smoking please see our post 7 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking.

9. Bananas for energy.

Bananas are a favourite of athletes because they deliver fast energy; they are easy to digest and are very low in fat. This makes them a great snack pre-training and help eliminate fatigue post training. For the less athletic types they will alleviate any energy lulls during the day and you will not suffer the crashes that come with caffeine or sugary snacks that are often used for the same thing.

 

The average banana will contain 99 calories, 72 grams of water, 1.2 grams protein, 0.7 g fiber, 25.8 milligrams (mg) of carbohydrates, 8 mg calcium, 28 mg phosphorus, 0.5 mg iron, 44 RE vitamin A, and 0.08 mg of vitamin B, 3 mg vitamin C and 0.2 grams fat.

Some bonuses for you. Because bananas can help even when you do not eat them.

10. Banana skins can be used to treat warts.

The outside of the banana skin needs to be placed against the wart and maintained there, so it can be secured with tape or a bandage. With prolonged contact with the wart it will eventually go away.

11. Banana skins can reduce irritation from mosquito bites.

This time it is the inside of the banana skin that provides the relief. Rub it against the bite and itching and swelling will be reduced