Bananas are delicious and healthy and that is why for many they are a must have. We have heard that banana peel whitens the teeth. However, what real health benefits does eating the banana provide?
NAIJ.com brings you the benefits you will get if you eat two bananas today:
1. Blood pressure
Bananas reduce high blood pressure since they contain a reasonable amount of potassium. Studies have shown that daily banana consumption improved blood pressure considerably. One study in particular said just two bananas a day can reduce your blood pressure by 10 percent.
2. Slimming down
Bananas help in weight reduction, because they are rich in fiber, which makes you no longer want to eat once consumed.
They also contain a kind of starch that reduces your appetite and stops you gaining weight.
3. Blood sugar
Eating bananas also helps reduce the level of sugar in your blood and raises your body’s sensitivity to insulin.
If your body’s cells aren’t sensitive to insulin, they can’t absorb glucose, and your pancreas begins to produce it in larger quantities.
4. Increases red blood cells
Lack of red blood cells, lead to anemia which causes paleness, tiredness, and breathlessness. However, at least 2 bananas contain enough iron, which stimulates the production of red blood cells. Bananas also contain vitamin B6, which regulates blood glucose levels, helping people with anemia.
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5. Aids digestion
Bananas are easily digested and don’t irritate the gastro-intestinal tract. Resistant starch contained in bananas is not digested and ends up in the large intestine where it serves as an effective nutritional medium for healthy bacteria.
Bananas can be eaten when a person has gastritis and heartburn, and they restore the minerals lost when a person suffers from diarrhea.
6. Reduces stress
Bananas contain tryptophan, which is required by our bodies in order to receive serotonin popularly known as the happiness hormone.
Also two bananas contains around 54 mg of magnesium, which is responsible for producing a good mood and healthy sleep.
Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, two bananas contain around 40% of your daily requirement of vitamin B6.
Bananas also contain about 15% of our daily requirement for vitamin C, an important anti-oxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals.
If you are going to exercise, two bananas will help. The potassium contained in bananas protects your muscles from cramps, and the carbohydrates provide you with enough energy to endure a heavy workout.
However, bananas are not the only healthy fruit are they? NAIJ.com recently made a video on the benefits of cucumber. Watch below: