Saturday, September 28, 2013

Health Benefits of Eating Bananas

Who would have thought that the horned shaped, delicious fruit we know as a banana, is one of mother natures most helpful, energizing, and healing fruits that she ever created! Bananas are miracle fruits, due to the sheer amount of diseases and conditions they help fight and prevent, and two bananas a day should be included in your diet if you want to reap the rewards of such a powerful fruit.
Bananas contain three naturally occurring sugars, which we know as fructose, glucose, and sucrose. Couple that with the fiber content in a banana, it's no wonder that professional athletes and regular every day people eat bananas pre-workout, post workout, and everywhere in between. It's also a great snack for the kids before, during, and after school.
But as we talked about earlier, the banana has an array of disease and condition fighting powerhouse nutrients - so here are some of the benefits of eating bananas for your health:
Great for blood pressure - Since the banana is high in potassium and low in sodium, it makes a perfect natural defense for high blood pressure. As a matter of fact, the USDA recently allowed the banana industry to make claims of the fruits ability to prevent high blood pressure and even stroke symptoms.
Food For Thought - There have been multiple education based studies that show eating bananas before school, at lunch, breaks, and at lunch, improve test scores overall performance by measurable results. The potassium blast helps to naturally energize the brain and makes students more alert and receptive.
Backed Up? As you may or may not know, bananas are jam packed with colon cleansing fiber. This helps promote and restore regular bowel movements, and is a safe, natural alternative to laxatives. Eating a banana a day makes for good toilet time.
Got The Blues? Many studies and research have proven that eating bananas can take the edge off depression, due to the fact that they contain Tryptophan, which is a type of protein that gets converted in the body to Serotonin. Serotonin helps you relax, makes you feel happy, and generally improves your mood.
Got the Burn? Since they have a naturally occurring antacid effect in the body, bananas help get rid of heart burn after eating your favorite (but miserable) foods. So after you chow down that pepperoni pizza, make sure to have a banana for dessert to keep your stomach a happy camper.
That Time Of The Month? Get rid of the Midol, and turn to Mother Nature's solution for PMS - the banana! Bananas contain vitamin B6 which helps regulate blood sugar levels, which, in turn, can have a positive effect on your mood.
Kick The Habit - Bananas have been shown to help smokers kick their habits because the vitamin B12 and B6 they contain, along with the potassium and magnesium, helps in recovering from the effects of nicotine withdrawal (which can be a very unpleasant feeling - trust me, I know!)
So remember when someone says, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", you can politely add in that a banana a day has about four times the effect! Bananas are definitely one of nature's super fruits, and you should be eating them regularly. Your mind, heart, and colon will thank you.

This article was published in NY Wellness Guide and was written by Ryan L. Pingates

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