Let’s be honest, the last thing most people would turn to when trying to boost their health is the good old banana. How can something so delicious possible be good for you? But, in fact the many health benefits of bananas are so impressive, we’re sure you’ll want to include this delicious fruit in your daily regimen.
Bananas for weight loss
Bananas, if consumed sensibly, can actually be a very useful supplement to a diet. While it is true that bananas are high in carbohydrates, their low Glycemic Index means that they release their energy slowly, helping to avoid drops and spikes in blood sugar levels which can lead to eating more than you should.
An average banana is only around 100 calories, and while containing twice the amount of carbohydrates in an orange, contains only half a gram of fat. At the same time it is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E, has three times the level of kalium in an apple, and ten(!) times more vitamin B6 than a pear.
Another advantage is its high potassium content which prevents the body from retaining fluids, and aids in the release of toxins to decrease and prevent that dreaded enemy cellulite.
Bananas for silky hair
A simple hair mask of blended bananas, a little oil and mayonnaise can be a real treat for tired hair. Being rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, potassium and natural oils, bananas help to soften the hair and renew elasticity, repairing split ends and giving your hair new shine, strength and manageability. It also works to control dandruff.
Bananas for smooth skin
Rubbing banana peel on the skin has exfoliating properties, and its vitamin content helps to smooth out fine lines and prevents new ones from forming.
Also, due to their anti-bacterial properties bananas can be helpful in treating blemishes, irritation and infection.
Consumed, the antioxidants in bananas boost circulation and collagen production, giving your skin a healthier glow and slowing the signs of ageing.
Bananas for energy
Bananas are a far better better source of energy than expensive, sugar and caffeine laden energy drinks. According to a 2012 study from Appalachian State University, just two bananas provide enough energy for a 90 minute workout. Bananas are an ideal on the go pick-me-up. If you feel tired or sluggish, reach for a banana instead of that coffee – your energy will be more pronounced and will last longer.
Bananas for Heart health
Because they are so rich in potassium, bananas support the circulatory system to deliver oxygen to the brain. This results in lower blood pressure and a regular heartbeat.
Studies have shown that people who eat plenty of potassium have up to a 27% lower risk of heart disease. Bananas are also rich in magnesium which is thought to be beneficial for heart health.
Bananas for better mood
Another unique benefit of Bananas is there ability to regulate mood. Bananas contain an amino acid named tryptophan. When combined with Bananas’ B6 contents, Tryptophan can help boost serotonin, the body’s “feel-good” hormone. While Bananas may not be a miracle cure for depression, they can play an important role in regulating your mood and helping you relax.