Banana the life saver

The Banana truly is a lifesaver while you are traveling and you have a highly sensitive stomach that does not react well to outside food. It is a snack pack of nutrition and convenience rolled into one. That is why it has been listed as one of the oldest fruits as well as the most consumed fruit. Though it is being shunned by some people because it is high on the glycemic index, the glycemic load which is considered as the accurate indicator of the effect of carbohydrate present in the fruit on the blood sugar level, banana falls in the medium category. This factor along with various other compounds present in the banana makes it an ideal fruit to promote good health.

What Does A Banana Contain?

A banana contains
• Fiber- it helps control blood sugar and reduces storage of fat after meals
• Potassium- helps to lower blood pressure
• Magnesium- promotes bone and muscle health
• Antioxidants and Vitamin C- slows the aging process by boosting immunity and preventing cell damage
• Phytonutrients- it is an anti-aging element and it helps to fight against diseases.
• Vitamin B6- promotes overall health and is good for the nervous system
• Folate-it is good for cell repair

Apart from the fact that diabetic patients need to be careful or slightly cautious about the intake of bananas, especially the ripe ones, the banana is rich in compounds that can promote good health and the fiber present in the banana is of a special kind and is called the resistant starch, which is capable of helping you to control blood sugar and also reduce fat storage.

Benefits of eating bananas
Bananas with their high vitamin and mineral content are an ideal snack and they are loved by athletes for the quick and sustained energy they provide. Other benefits you can reap by eating bananas include:

Fighting depression: The aminoacid Tryptophan in the banana gets converted into serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that promotes a feeling of well-being.

Improved bowel movements: Bananas contain about 3 grams of fiber, which helps in stimulating the bowels and reversing constipation.

Stress Management: potassium levels take a beating if you are stressed, which could lead to other complications. Since bananas are rich in potassium, they are ideal for alleviating stress, fatigue, and also lower the high blood pressure.

Antacid: A banana is a natural antacid and it helps combat heartburn.

The Banana is a smart and healthy snack and a true lifesaver because of the health benefits it can offer.


Interesting facts about bananas

If you think banana are just meant for the chimp- think again! Bananas are renowned for their numerous health benefits. In this article are a few interesting facts about bananas. It is likely that you know some of these facts while others may take you by surprise. Without further ado, here are 5 interesting banana facts.

1. Bananas are extremely healthy for your heart. If you did not know, bananas are extremely rich in potassium. This mineral is an electrolyte that helps the body to keep the electrical impulses flowing seamlessly through the body. Without these impulses, the heart would not function. With this in mind, eating banana keeps your heart happy and healthy.

2. Although bananas are rich in high levels of potassium, the sodium content is quite low. But is this a bad thing? Not quite. This imbalance helps to keep the risk of high blood pressure, one of the most common cardiovascular disease, minimum.

3. Bananas are also naturally radioactive. The high level of potassium in a banana comes as a potassium-40 isotope, which is a radioactive version. To add to this bummer, this radioactive potassium is not harmful to the body.

4. In case you are having a hard time sleeping, a banana can help you with that. The high levels of vitamin B6 content have been found to naturally help to sleep.

5. If you are having trouble with your muscles are feeling stressed out, take a banana. Bananas are extremely rich in magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxant. When your muscles are relaxed, your body will slip into a sleep mode and this where you go to sleep.

6. Are your feeling depressed? Well, eat a banana. This will help you boost your mood due to their high level of tryptophan. The body processes this tryptophan and converts it into serotonin, which is basically a neurotransmitter that has been found effective in elevating mood. If you get the blues, go for yellow.

7. Bananas come with low calcium content but still ideal for your bones. This is unlike with milk, which is extremely high on calcium but equally extremely unhealthy for your bones. One reason simple explanation about this is that bananas also come with fructooligosaccharides.

This is simply a carbohydrate that cannot be digested by the body but is known to encourage probiotics, which in return increase the body’s ability to absorb calcium. In addition, magnesium in bananas facilitates the absorption of calcium.