• They’re better than pills for many conditions. They can keep you fit and healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.

    1) They help relieve depression and improve mood.

    Bananas contain tryptophan, in the form of serotonin. Serotonin is also called the happy hormone and found in the gastrointestinal tract, blood platelets and the central nervous system. It functions as a regulator of appetite, mood and sleep. A banana a day is enough to alter your mood instantly, making it a little calmer and happier. Bananas are not only for treating depression, but also several other disorders like generalized anxiety and social phobias.

    2) Bananas are rich in fiber to promote regular bowel movement.

    Bananas are abundant in the fiber pectin. It helps promote good digestion that can help eliminate toxic wastes out of the body. It also has the ability to bind to cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and help slow down glucose absorption by trapping carbohydrates. So, consuming bananas will not only help you move your bowel everyday, but it can also help lower your blood cholesterol levels.

    3) They power-up your brain.

    Bananas supply potassium to the brain, making it more alert. It reduces oxidative damage in the brain by reducing the number of harmful free radicals, which can lead to a decrease in  brain function and eventually lead to brain damage. By eating bananas, you become smarter and better in memory retention.

    4) Bananas help calm down the nervous system.

    The B vitamins in bananas can help give a calmer, more relaxed atmosphere. It contains five (5) B vitamins, which are Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pyridoxine and folate. They have different functions in the body. Thiamine is required by the nerve cells that are responsible for thought, memory and movement. Riboflavin aids in iron metabolism. Niacin is needed for the synthesis of tryptophan for cell repair and tissue building. Pyridoxine is needed for the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin and lastly, folate, which is important in the formation of the central nervous system in the womb.

    5) Bananas act as a natural antacid.

    Bananas are known to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach from corrosive gastric acids. It can also help relieve certain gastrointestinal disorders such as Gastroesophageal Reflux Syndrome or GERD, heartburn and acidity. Bananas can also help soothe the digestive tract when there’s stomach distress.

    6) Bananas are rich in antioxidants.

    Bananas are rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamins  A, C and E. The antioxidant carotenoids such as the beta-carotene, protects the body against cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Lutein is good for the eyes, it prevents the formation of cataracts and eliminates the threat of macular degeneration by acting as a natural sunblock for the retina of the eye. Selenium helps in the regulation of the immune system and helps retain cognitive function. Vitamin c helps in the treatment of colds and urinary tract infections. Vitamin E delays the onset of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, eye disorders and also helps in the dilation of blood vessels.

    7) Bananas can help you lose excess weight.

    Bananas are rich in fiber. So, when you consume one banana, you feel fuller faster and longer. A single banana can also supply you with about 90 calories. When that fiber gets to the gastrointestinal tract, it immediately absorbs water and slows down digestion. The food that was consumed is forced to stay in the stomach for a while to make you a bit fuller. Eating a banana before a meal, helps to curb the hunger and will prevent overeating, resulting in a more effective weight loss program.

    8) They give a considerable amount of energy.

    Bananas are loaded with potassium, natural sugars and fiber that will effectively give a boost of energy. It gives a stable amount of energy and its great for diabetics too. It only consists of a glycemic index of 12, which is not that high. They are also naturally sweet, so it satisfies the sweet cravings too.

    So, load on some bananas for health benefits you never knew existed. They are cheap, nutritious and more importantly, they taste great. No need for chocolates and other sweets to boost your mood and energy. Depend on the humble banana for a healthy snack.

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