Bananas are rich in a number of nutrients which make them extremely healthy for your entire organism, in addition to being delicious. Eating three bananas a day can significantly improve your cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. British and Italian scientists have determined that eating one banana with every meal provides your body with the much needed potassium and reduces the risk of a blood clot in the brain by as much as 21%.
The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a report in 2011 which revealed that a great number of strokes could have been prevented if the individuals ingested the needed potassium through foods such as bananas, fish, spinach and lentils. A daily dose of 1600mg of potassium can significantly reduce your risk of a stroke but do you know the easiest way to satisfy this daily need? Just eat 3 bananas a day, they each contain 500mg of potassium and will stimulate proper brain and neve function, preventing blood clots and strokes.
Banana nutrients and benefits
Aside from the high levels of potassium, bananas are also rich in vitamins B6 and C, manganese, biotin, and dietary fiber, which help digestion. One average sized banana contains 108 calories and has just trace amounts of cholesterol, fat and sodium, which makes them an excellent snack for dieters. They are also excellent for athletes because they are great energy boosters (low in glycemic carbs). According to certain studies eating 3 bananas will provide you the energy for a strenuous 90minute workout.
Additional health benefits of eating 3 bananas a day
Bananas are not just good for the heart, they have a number of other benefits and here are just a few of them:
- Reduce depression
Did you know that bananas can help you fight depression? They are rich in tryptophan, a type of protein which the body converts into serotonin, and as you all know serotonin is a compound that relaxes the body and is responsible for our good mood.
- Regulate blood pressure
As we already mentioned, one medium sized banana contains about 500mg of potassium, which is essential for good cardiovascular health. Bananas with their high potassium levels can help regulate heart function and the body’s fluid balance; which in turn reduces the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
- Against constipation
Bananas are rich in dietary fibers, one average banana contains about 3gr of fibers, which makes them an excellent remedy against constipation. Instead of turning to laxatives try eating bananas every day, it’s the best natural way to restore proper bowel movement.
- Cures hangovers
You have a nasty hangover and you think your head is about to explode? Try a banana-honey smoothie; you’ll feel better right away. Bananas will calm your irritated stomach and the honey will restore your out of balance blood sugar levels.
- Boosts bone mass
According to numerous researches the potassium in bananas can help you keep your bones healthy and strong and prevent their decay.
- Fights stress
Here’s one more benefit from the high potassium levels in bananas – it regulates your heartbeat and fights stress. When you’re feeling stressed out the metabolic rates rise and the potassium levels drop which means that potassium can help us restore our heartbeat and makes us feel more relaxed.
- Helps you quit smoking
Bananas are rich in vitamins B12 and B6, in addition to the potassium and magnesium, which can help the body recuperate from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
As we mentioned already, they are rich in vitamin B6, which normalizes the body’s glucose levels and can positively affect your mood and make you feel better right away. Very useful information if you often experience mood swings due to PMS.
Bananas are the number 1 recommended food for people suffering from anemia (a condition where your body does not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the necessary tissues). As we know bananas contain high amounts of iron and can boost hemoglobin production which is very important for people battling anemia, since low hemoglobin levels usually indicate anemia.