10 Surprising Banana Health Benefits

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We all love and eat Bananas and it is one of the most widely grown fruits in the world with very good reason. Bananas have many benefits such as lowering your blood pressure or helping reduce the risks of cancer.

Americans and Canadians consume more bananas than any other fruit combined including Apples and Oranges.

Today I am going to discuss the 10 health benefits of Bananas as well as the possible risks associated with bananas. As they say, too much of anything will generally have negative affects.

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Facts about Bananas

  1. Bananas can be a mood changer. Bananas have been known to cheer up your mood. The reason is they contain amino acid and tryptophan plus Vitamin B6. The combination of these to help your body reproduce serotonin.
  2. Bananas come in many colours
  3. Bananas contain approximately 75% of water which as you known is a key resource for your body to survive.
  4. Americans and Canadians eat more bananas than any other fruit and consume approximately 27lbs or 12kg of bananas per year.
  5. 107 Million Tons of bananas was produced in 2013
  6. There are almost 1000 varieties and the most common is Cavendish banana
  7. Cavendish bananas may be going extinct and needs to be saved.
  8. Bananas are produced in 135 Countries
  9. Researchers have proven that ripe bananas can fight cancer. The dark spots on a ripe yellow banana product a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) that destroys cancerous tumors. When banana begins to ripen, it increasing your white blood cells and strengthens your immune system because the antioxidant levels start to rise.
  10. Promotes Healthy Bones
  11. Prevents Anemia
  12. Can boost brain power
  13. Great source of Potassium

 

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1. Potassium

In order for your body to support critical key processes, the body requires at least 100 milligrams of potassium on a daily basis. Potassium is available in supplements but it is more beneficial if potassium is consumed via your meals and has added nutritional value. Potassium deficiency can lead to fatigue, constipation and general body weakness. Beat greens, white beans and soy beans are foods highest in potassium.

Hyperkalemia means there is too much potassium in the blood and can lead to health issues. Potassium is found in many whole foods.  Some of the best sources of potassium are fresh leafy greens, avocados, tomatoes, potatoes and beans.

Potassium is the seventh most abundant element on Earth. It was first isolated by Sir Humphry Davy in 1807. Potassium was the first elemental metal to be found through electrolysis. It makes up roughly 1.5% by mass of the Earth’s crust.

 

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2. Potentially fight various cancers

Japanese Researchers have proven that ripe bananas can fight cancer. The dark spots on a ripe yellow banana product a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) that destroys cancerous tumors. When banana begins to ripen, it increasing your white blood cells and strengthens your immune system because the antioxidant levels start to rise.

Adding fruit to your diet has well known benefits and can lead to lower risk at development various types of cancers. Bananas also contain a some antioxidants which can remove molecules that are found in the blood stream causing the formation of cancerous cells. By destroying these molecules, the antioxidants in bananas are able to minimize damage to the body and fight cancer in it’s early stages.

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3. Regulates Bowel Movements

One embarrassing problem can be solved by regular eating of bananas to help with bowel movements. As with anything too much of one thing isn’t necessary a good thing, eat with moderation. It is also important to continue to drink lots of water which should be in your diet regardless if you eat bananas or not, but drinking too little water with bananas could have the opposite affect and cause constipation. Also people with Chronic Anal Fissures issues should eat with caution especially if their water in take is not sufficient.

Bananas contain a good amount of fibre that passes thru your digestive tract, collecting waste as it passes, producing bowel movements that are soft and easy to pass. Bananas can also help treat diarrhea. Bananas contain pectin which acts as a gelling agent and helps your body absorb fluids in the intestines. Because Bananas are high in fibre, fibre has long claimed to help prevent and relieve constipation. The thought around this is that it absorbs water, helping your stools stay soft as it passes thru.

Bananas contain important vitamins and minerals, a mediu sized banana my contain approximately 3.1 grams of fibre towards your daily fibre consumption. Bananas could help people who suffer from anal fissures and haemorrhoids pass stools easier.

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4. The Number One Athlete’s Food

Bananas are perfect for a pre workout food as well as an after workout food, bananas are great for a quick energy boost. If you planning on doing a strenuous workout filled with exercises such as cardio or weight training, bananas will provide the perfect boost you are looking for to get you started. Plan your meal before hitting the gym, approximately 30 minutes before working out, eat a banana, it will provide our body with fast acting carbohydrates that will give you a energy boost. Additionally it will supply your body with potassium and could also help with any muscle spasms during a workout.

After a workout, Bananas can help replenish the magnesium and potassium lost during a workout. You might prefer to eat a protein snack, but a banana will provide a natural boost which is a much healthier alternative.

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5. Hangover  Cure

As I previously mentioned that bananas are preferred by athletes because of the potassium they contain and you may or may not know, it’s the same reason why they make great hangover cures. If you hungover you body has lost a of that potassium and eating a banana when you get up in the morning will provide a much needed cure for your hangover.

If you don’t think you can stomach a banana that early in the morning, you may want to make yourself a banana smoothie instead.

 

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Stephanie Hill is the Chief Editor of Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Stephanie provides personal advice on the latest health news and recommendations on health related issues and products.

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