Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

10 Amazing Benefits of Banana

Have you ever wonder what a banana can do for your health? You will never look at banana the same way again after discovering 10 facts about this fantastic fruit which benefits our health and making it a reason to add them in your diet.

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Energy - Bananas supply proper carbohydrates that our muscles need to replace the muscle glycogen (muscle sugar) used and they have the antioxidants that may help speed recovery.

They’re Diet-Friendly - A medium banana is 110 calories and provides 30 grams of carbs and 3 grams fiber. In addition to filling fiber, bananas contain resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate you can’t digest, but helps you feel fuller longer. A banana can have 2-3 grams of resistant starch (the greener it is, the more resistant starch it contains). This makes them a great mid-afternoon snack, or a perfect pre-workout snack if you eat them 1 hour before your workout.

Potassium - A banana has 422 mg potassium while being sodium-free. The high potassium:sodium ratio helps to neutralize the blood-pressure raising effects of sodium in your diet. Bananas help the body's circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain, helping maintain regular heartbeat and proper water balance in your body. Adults need 4,700 milligrams of potassium a day, so a medium banana provides nearly 10 percent of the daily requirement.

Building Stronger Bone - Eating bananas helps prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.

PMS - Bananas contain 20 percent of the daily requirements of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps the body make nonessential amino acids to create healthy cells. Vitamin B6 regulates blood glucose levels and helps us in times of stress and helps to suppress cranky moods. It also helps produce insulin, hemoglobin and antibodies that help fight infections.

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Increase Brain Power - Potassium-packed fruits helps learning because it makes the pupils more alert. Students find that they have more brain power and do better on exams when they eat bananas at breakfast and lunch.

Iron - Bananas are rich in iron too, and can help individuals with anemia. Iron rich foods, such as bananas help stimulate production of hemoglobin in the blood.

Help Smokers Quit - Bananas contain B-Vitamins and other minerals that lessen the effect of nicotine withdrawal both physically and psychologically.

Increase happiness - Bananas release a mood regulating substance called Tryptophan (one of the 22 standard amino acids and an essential amino acid in the human diet) which is converted to serotonin in the brain and thus boost mood and reduce feeling blue. Men and women need 420 mg and 320 mg of the mineral per day, respectively. Low levels of this mineral are linked to depression, anxiety, irritability and other mood disorders.

Bowel Health - Bananas are high in soluble fiber which helps stop constipation and helps to restore and maintain regular bowel function.
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