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5 Reasons to Go Bananas with Your Health

Read all the reasons bananas are our new bestie.

5 Reasons to Go Bananas

Not all fruits and veggies are created equal, especially when it comes to bananas. With five times the vitamin A and iron, four times the protein, three times the phosphorous and twice the carbohydrates as apples, the saying should be: “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!” No wonder some of the world’s best athletes call it their No. 1 fruit.

Here are five reasons why bananas are our new best friend:

5. They’ll cheer you up.

A new study by MIND, a mental health charity, has proven that people with depression feel significantly better after eating a banana. This state of happiness is caused by a protein found in bananas called tryptophan. The body converts tryptophan into serotonin, which calms people and helps them feel more content. Bananas also contain vitamin B6, which regulates blood glucose levels and can prevent mood swings and comfort food binges.

4. They’ll lower your blood pressure.

Bananas’ combination of high potassium and low salt make them the perfect way to fight high blood pressure. A study in India revealed that eating two bananas a day reduced blood pressure by up to 10 percent in only one week. In fact, the FDA recently allowed banana sellers to claim the fruit can reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

3. They do wonders for expectant mothers.

Expectant mothers in Thailand have eaten bananas for years in order to cool their physical and emotional temperatures. They also stop muscle cramping and reduce swelling. Plus, snacking on bananas between meals helps keep blood sugar levels up and fight off morning sickness.

2. They can cure a hangover.

Bananas have been proven to build up depleted blood sugar and electrolyte levels, which calms your body after a long night of partying. They also soothe an upset stomach and improve bowel function. Bananas and milk are a power combination for maximum hangover relief. The milk will soothe and rehydrate your body, which compliments the banana’s regulatory and calming effects.

1. They’re a boost to the brain.

Research has shown that the potassium in bananas energizes the brain and increases alertness. The fruit also releases energy slowly, causing your brain to be alert longer. According to a study at the Linus Pauling Institute, the B6 in bananas can combat memory loss in old age. Various studies have also given students bananas before exams, and the students consistently scored higher after eating the miracle fruit.

BONUS BEAUTY TIP: The underside of a banana peel can be used to soothe mosquito bites and remove warts.

 

Story by Alex Sher