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AfricaHealth & FitnessKenya

Health benefits of bananas

By Susan Njire

A banana is an elongated edible fruit.we have bananas for cooking ‘plantains’ and the dessert bananas.
However there are many health benefits in consuming bananas.

  1.Blood pressure
Bananas helps in lowering blood pressure and protect against stroke or heart attack because they are low in sodium and high in potassium making them a heart healthy food.

    2. Anaemia
They can help those with anaemia by providing much needed dietary iron which stimulates red blood cells and hemoglobin production and strengthens the blood supply.

   3. Ulcers
When you suffer from stomach ulcers many foods are off limits but bananas can be eaten without having to worry about whether or not they’ll cause pain. This is because their smooth,soft,mushy texture coats the stomach lining and protects it against corrosive acids and irritation.

    4. Depression
They can help overcome depression because they have high levels of tryptophan which our bodies converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitters that makes people relax, feel happy and improves mood.

    5. Energy
Eating a banana or two before a workout gives you enough energy to last an hour or more. The low glycemic carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals all support your body increase endurance while potassium helps to prevent muscle cramps.

   6. Constipation
If you are clogged up,eat a few bananas. They have enough fibers in them to stimulate regular bowel movements and provide natural relief for constipation.

   7. Heartburn
Bananas are nature’s antiacid and can provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux. Eating just one banana can immediately bring soothing relief and lessen your heartburn symptoms.

    8. Nerves or PMS
When you are feeling Moody and stressed just eat a banana. They help in regulating blood sugars and are rich in vitamin B which naturally calms the nervous system and make people relax resulting in an overall improved mood.

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