We all love these tropical fruits, right? Even the monkeys and other primates have a big affection and love for bananas. So, what do you think – why primates love bananas so much? We can easily say that they can read or know the health benefits or the nutritional value of these delicious tropical fruits. They just simply know that they and their organisms need bananas. And just like the primates, the humans can also receive many benefits, just by consuming 3 bananas per day. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has confirmed these findings.
High Potassium Intake vs. Lower Risk of Blood Clot
This is amazing. Researchers from both England and Italy have found that eating just one banana for breakfast, one banana for lunch and one banana for dinner will provide enough potassium intake to reduce the risk of developing a blood clot in your brain – which eventually can lead to a stroke. And you can reduce this risk by 21%. The medical experts have discovered and proved these findings from almost 11 different studies, that date back from the mid-60s. These studies have found that 1,600 mg of potassium intake per one day is more than enough to lower the risk of stroke. So, when you consider the fact that one average banana contains more than 500 mg of potassium, this means that you have to eat three average size bananas every day, to consume enough potassium in order to prevent that scary risk stroke.
A group of researchers at the San Diego School of Medicine, have found that and overall diet – high in potassium, can reduce the risk of stroke by more than 40%. This is absolutely amazing. You should also know that bananas contain high amounts of dietary fiber. Well, the dietary fiber in bananas has been shown to help reduce inflammation in your bowels. It’s because this fiber helps to eliminate the harmful waste and toxins from your body. And it also helps to keep your arteries clean and clear from the dangerous plague build-up – that can cause cardiovascular diseases. As you can see, you can receive many health benefits, just by eating three delicious bananas every day.
But, these health benefits are not the only ones you will get, by eating 3 bananas every day. These are the top 10 health benefits of eating bananas every day. So, when you are done reading this article, you should go to the local supermarket and buy bananas.
- Banana is an excellent source of healthy nutrients
First, you should know that banana is an excellent source of healthy nutrients. One, average size banana contains about 110 calories and is full of nutrients and vitamins. In fact, the average banana contains:
- 5 grams of fat
- 27 grams of carbohydrates
- 14 grams of sugar
- 3 grams of fiber
- 1 gram of protein
- 25% vitamin B6
- 16% manganese
- 14% vitamin C
- 12% potassium
- 12% fiber
- 10% copper
- 10% biotin
- 8% magnesium
- 2% Iron
- Banana will provide quick energy boost
A recent study has shown that if you consume just 2 bananas before exercising, it will give you enough energy to finish up a 90-minute workout. This is amazing, especially if you don’t have time to eat before you hit the gym, or you exercise early in the morning and you can’t eat anything else. You can also eat a banana as a post workout meal. When you consume banana after exercising, it will provide enough energy for your body and it will provide your body with the healthy nutrients, which are extremely important for repairing the muscles. It will also help you balance the water retention, after all that sweating from your high-intensity workout.
You should also know that bananas are an excellent food to replenish your glucose reserves. And it will give your body the needed energy to rebuild its muscles. A recent study, published in the PLOS, has discovered that bananas are as effective as Gatorade for providing nutritional support to trained cyclists during prolonged and intensive exercise. So, you should stop drinking those glucose-packed sports drinks and snacks, and eat banana and drink water instead.
- Improves circulation and regulated blood pressure levels
Potassium is also very important and beneficial in regulating the blood flow and hydration levels in your organism. This means that potassium helps to transfer the oxygen to your cells. We can also mention that potassium can help you regulate and lower high blood pressure levels, by counteracting the effects of sodium in your blood stream. A recent study has discovered the best way to get potassium in your organism. And the answer is naturally – through food in your diet, such as: fresh fruits and vegetables, including bananas – of course.
- Increase bone mass
A recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, has found that if you consume foods that contain high amounts of potassium, like bananas, it may help you prevent osteoporosis. And this is even more true if you consume foods that contain high amounts of sodium. It’s because potassium will prevent and reverse the side effects (increased urinary calcium loss) caused by the high-salt diets and foods, typical for most Americans. The famous Dr. Deborah Sellmeyer, assistant adjunct professor of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of California, San Francisco, claims that bananas can help you prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate. You should also know that these delicious tropical fruits contain high amounts of manganese, and some studies have linked low manganese levels and poor bone health.
- Good for your skin
This delicious fruit will help you keep that perfect complexion. This is because one average size banana contains 16% of the manganese daily intake and 14% of the Vitamin C daily intake, which is very useful in collagen production and as we all know, collagen helps us look good. A recent study has found that manganese is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound. This means that this ingredient is very useful in slowing down the aging process, by reducing the free-radical damage and the oxidative stress.
- Improve your mood
Have you ever heard of the amino acid – tryptophan? Well, you may have heart about it, in relation to your Thanksgiving dinner, because turkey is loaded with this amino acid. This is why you always feel more relaxed and tired after a good turkey dinner. But, you should know that turkey isn’t the only food in the world that contains tryptophan. Bananas contains significant amounts of this amino acid as well, which is very useful in regulating serotonin – hormone responsible for your mood. The medical experts claim that regulated levels of serotonin in your blood can alter your mood and make you happy. High levels of serotonin in your organism can prevent things like anxiety and depression. You should also know that bananas contain specific antioxidants that have been shown in studies to promote the release of dopamine, another mood-enhancing hormone, within your brain.
According to the WHO – World Health Organization, almost 25% of the world’s population are affected by iron deficiency and anemia. Well, bananas are not an excellent source of iron, but they stimulate the production of hemoglobin in your blood, which can help in cases of anemia.
- Brain power
As we said before in this article, bananas contain good amounts of manganese, which is essential compound for a healthy brain function and many different studies have found that this compound can help you prevent brain-related conditions, such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s.
As we said, bananas contain high amounts of dietary fiber, which will help you feel fuller for a longer time. This is why many dietitians love bananas. But, you should also know that the dietary fiber and starches, found in bananas help to bind the waste in your digestive tract. And when it’s combined with potassium (which helps to balance water retention in your stomach), they help keep you from becoming dehydrated. And you probably already know this one, that fiber has another important role – it helps keep you regular so you don’t become constipated. And, when you have regular stool, you eliminate all harmful waste and toxins from your body. So, if you eat bananas every day, you will be “regular” – without using any harsh laxatives.
- Healthy nervous system
These delicious tropical fruits contain high amounts of vitamin B6, also known by the name pyridoxine. You should know that one regular size banana contains 25% of your recommended daily intake of this important nutrient. This vitamin is known to help produce chemicals, called neurotransmitters, that allow your brain and nerve cells to communicate with one another, thereby ensuring that such metabolic processes as fat and protein metabolism run effectively. Vitamin B6 is also very useful and beneficial for proper immune system function, especially in older people. We can mention that this vitamin is also very important for calming and maintaining a healthy nervous system. In fact, a lack of vitamin B6 is known to actually cause nerve damage.
As you can see, just 3 bananas per day can improve your health significantly. So, don’t wait – if you don’t have any bananas in your home right now, go to the local health store and buy some. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family.