The curve fruit packs a big nutritional punch, wrapped in its own convenient packaging. Some scientists believe that banana may have been the world’s first fruit. It is the most beneficial and most exotic fruit, abundant in carbohydrates and fiber, which makes it highly efficient as instant energy booster. Aside from increasing your energy levels, bananas also possess therapeutic properties linked to a number of health issues. They are indeed a great source of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium and more. They are an ideal food for athletes and those who regularly exercise because of their quick acting carbohydrate effect on our energy levels.
Here are five health issues you can treat with banana instead of medication;
Blood Pressure: Banana is full of potassium, which is extremely efficient in regulating blood pressure levels because it counteracts the sodium levels in the body. Sodium is known as a major cause of hypertension when ingested in abundance. In fact, it has been proven that blood pressure normally rises when the levels of potassium and sodium are misbalanced, i.e when there is high sodium and low potassium intake. In order to keep your blood pressure under control, eat one banana first thing in the morning.
Stress: Stress is the root cause of many modern age diseases. In fact, chronic stress severely undermines your overall health, for instance, stress depletes your body of potassium because it accelerates metabolism. However, you can easily restore this potassium imbalance by eating a banana a day. Bananas contain enough potassium to stabilize your heartbeat, provide sufficient oxygen supply to your brain and control the amount of water in your body.
Depression: Regular consumption of bananas can significantly improve your mood and fight off depression due to the fact that this exotic fruit packs has a high content of tryptophan, an amino acid that naturally stimulates the secretion of serotonin, the hormone of happiness. One banana a day is enough to boost your serotonin levels and keep the smile on your face throughout the day.
Bloating and Constipation: Aside from potassium and tryptophan, bananas are also rich in pectin, which is highly beneficial for improving digestion and promoting the elimination of toxins and heavy metals from the body. Plus, bananas act like probiotics which stimulate intestinal function and promotes easy elimination of waste. This in turn prevents constipation as well as bloating.
PMS Symptoms: Bananas are high in vitamin B6, which positively affects blood glucose levels. Moreover, several studies have confirmed that vitamin B6 is particularly beneficial for relieving PMS symptoms. In addition, bananas alleviate abdominal and chest pain, prevent mood swings and water retention.
By: Mercy Kukah