- Bananas contain no fat, or cholesterol and are easy to digest.
- They are a great source of instant energy, as they contain plenty of carbohydrates and contain natural sugars (sucrose, fructose and glucose) which are released quickly into the bloodstream.
- Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and are a good source of fibre, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Vitamin B6 helps prevent irritability and insomnia. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and can also reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Potassium also prevents the bloods pH from becoming too acidic.
- Bananas are believed to prevent low density lipoprotein from oxidizing, which causes it to stick to the walls of the arteries. This accumulation can contribute to atherosclerosis, or harding of the arteries, a major contributor to heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. Eating bananas as a part of your diet can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 40%.
- Eating one medium banana provides you with 11% of your daily potassium requirement and 17% of your daily vitamin C requirement.
- Research has shown that bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin which is known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel better and may help sufferers of depression naturally.
- Bananas have a positive effect on the digestive system by helping to maintain regularity and reduce the risk of diverticulitises and hernias.
- Bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood as they are high in iron and are therefore beneficial for people with anemia.
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