10 Reasons to Eat More Bananas

Do you really know how good bananas are for your health? (Daniele Zedda/Flickr)
Do you really know how good bananas are for your health? (Daniele Zedda/Flickr)

Nutritious and delicious, bananas are a perfect food. They are ideal for students or young people on the go; they even come in their own packaging.

Why are they so good for us?

Bananas contain minerals, vitamins, protein fiber and natural sugars, which give you a sustained energy boost for both body and brain. The nutrients in bananas have a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system, which makes them a mood food.

After reading this list, you will never look at a banana the same way again!

1. Depression

According to a survey by Mind people who suffer from depression felt improvement after they ate a banana. This is due to the tryptophan, a protein that the body turns into serotonin, which improves the mood and helps you feel relaxed and happy. Tryptophan is also beneficial for those who have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

2. Anemia

Bananas are high in iron, which builds hemoglobin in the blood.

3. Blood pressure

Bananas are high in potassium and low in salt which, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, lowers the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas regularly reduces the risk of death by strokes by up to 40%.

4. Brain Power

The potassium in bananas benefits the brain’s learning capabilities through improving concentration and alertness.

5. Constipation

Bananas are high in fiber and a natural way of restoring normal bowel action, without needing laxatives.

6. Hangovers

A banana smoothie with milk and honey is an ideal way of beating the hangover blues. The banana calms the stomach, and with the honey, restores depleted blood sugars, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates the entire system.

7. Heartburn and ulcers

Forget the antacid pills; bananas naturally soothe an irritated tummy by neutralizing acid and coating the stomach’s lining.

8. Morning sickness

Snack on bananas between meals to avoid the nausea that comes from lowered blood sugars.

9. Nervous disorders and PMS

Feeling anxious, uptight, nervous or emotional? Try adding more bananas to your diet. The high levels of B vitamins in bananas help to balance the nervous system, which balance moods for a calmer you.

10. Nicotine addiction

Vitamins B6 and B12, and minerals potassium and magnesium in bananas can minimize the ill effects of nicotine addiction when you are trying to quit smoking.

Bananas are really healthy and cheap, and we can all afford to benefit from them daily. Compared to an apple, bananas have four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.

The saying should really be: “a banana a day keeps the doctor away”.

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