Bananas have long been known as a wonder fruit, providing essential vitamins and minerals in a balanced diet. But why are they so good? Here are eight of the top health benefits of bananas.
A great energy booster
Bananas are a great source of vitamins and minerals making them a fantastic energy booster for those of us who need that extra stamina for strenuous physical activity. Health experts maintain that two bananas can provide sufficient stamina to workout for an hour and a half.
Bananas are Rich in Iron
Bananas are rich in iron and are a perfect food for anyone suffering from an iron deficiency. Good sources of iron ensure that the body is able to produce hemoglobin which is necessary for blood clotting in the event of a cut or serious injury.
Ensures good bowel health
As a good source of fiber bananas are a natural laxative when constipation sets in. Doctors will often suggest eating a few bananas throughout the day as a natural option before prescribing laxatives that contain chemicals.
Boosts your immune system
Bananas provide a healthy supply of Vitamin B6 which is well known for boosting your immune system and has the added bonus of helping prevent heart disease.
Vital for body performance
Bananas can help the body deliver oxygen to the brain due to the high potassium levels. A regular heartbeat and healthy balance of water within the body are also maintained due to this vital element.
A great pick me up
Bananas contain the amino acids tryptophan and tyrosine which are essential acids that must be obtained from food as the body cannot produce them itself. Serotonin and dopamine are both made from these amino acids and have a huge bearing on your happiness and ability to relax.
Helps to regulate blood pressure
Potassium and magnesium are essential elements for the regulation of blood pressure, and bananas are a fine source of both. Medical researchers have discovered that a high potassium diet can actually do more good than lowering your salt intake in the fight to maintain a healthy blood pressure levels.
Great for your teeth
A little known fact is that bananas, as a source of magnesium actually help your body to develop tooth enamel which is of course absolutely necessary for healthy teeth and a perfect smile.
Eating a banana or two a day is no great change to your eating routine and with health benefits such as those listed it might be foolish not to add them to your diet. An apple a day keeps the doctor away? I’ll stick with a banana.
Ciaran works for the Chelsea Dental Clinic and is passionate about food and health