Bananas are often cast aside by the dieting world for being too calorific and sugary. But, when eaten in moderation (let’s say once a day), they can do wonders for your health and weight loss goals. By the end of this article you’ll go bananas for them, too!
Bananas contain high levels of tryptophan. This is an amino acid which is turned into serotonin by the body. Serotonin is the ‘happy hormone’ and increases your mood. This means the next time you feel down, try adding bananas to your diet. Have a spoon of peanut butter with one and you’ve got yourself a delicious comfort food!
Protect against muscle cramps
Muscle cramp is often caused by a lack of potassium from sweating a lot. If you have an active lifestyle, chances are you’ve experienced cramps. Well, having a banana a day can keep the cramps away! Bananas contain a lot of potassium which means that they help prevent muscle cramp.
Regulate blood sugar levels
The natural sugar in bananas is bound to fibre. Unlike refined sugars, this means that the sugar is hard for your body to break down. As a result, it is released slowly into your bloodstream. Having a gradual release of sugar helps avoid sugar highs and lows.
Bananas contain Vitamin B-6 which has so many benefits. Firstly, it helps the body absorb food, so you can get more nutrients from your diet. B-vitamins also promote your metabolism, nerve & liver function. They are great for skin & eye health and can even boost energy! So, you can understand why we’re so bananas about B-vitamins!
Lower blood pressure
The potassium in bananas help lower blood pressure. This helps the body balance salt levels and helps the kidneys function – both of which help with blood pressure. A healthy circulation means better exercise performance and prevents heart failure, too! This is one of the reasons why bananas are excellent for ageing.
Bananas contain a whole load of minerals and nutrients, including Vitamin C & E, selenium and carotenoids. Antioxidant carotenoids, like beta-carotene (a type of Vitamin A), help prevent cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The carotenoid, Lutein, protects the eyes against UV rays. Vitamin C is great for your immune system, while Vitamin E guards the body against free-radicals.