How Else Are Bananas Good for You?
Their high levels of potassium and low levels of sodium have garnered bananas official recognition from the FDA as protecting you from heart attack and stroke by lowering your blood pressure[iii], confirmed in a clinical study with bananas.
Bananas are rich in healthy B-vitamins that help your body maintain a healthy metabolism and reduce health risks associated with type 2 diabetes, are important for your nervous system, and help your body produce white blood cells.
The potassium in bananas help your body maintain healthy fluid balance, which protects against swelling.
Bananas also help keep you healthy by potentially reducing your risk of kidney cancer, and macular degeneration (due to the high content of the carotenoid “lutein”).
If you suffer from PMS or want to improve your mood whether you have PMS or not, eat a banana.
The sugar and potassium in bananas is also good for you when you are learning or concentrating[iv]. So eat a banana if you want to be focused!
Want to power through a vigorous workout? Consider eating bananas first as their mixture of slow-moving sugar plus electrolytes can help keep your energy level steady.
The potassium and magnesium in bananas may help protect you from muscle cramps at night and during workouts.
Bananas are rich in pectin, a soluble dietary fiber and natural detoxifying agent, great for digestion.
Banana fiber contains prebiotics that encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the bowel. These bacteria produce digestive enzymes that help your body absorb nutrients, and actual support healthy weight management.
All that fiber in bananas is good for helping ease constipation…
Bananas are also a healthy way to sooth your GI tract if you have the runs.
Bananas may naturally soothe acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
If you have stomach ulcers, raw bananas may “coat” your stomach and relieve the distress caused by stomach acids.
Bananas are rich in antioxidants, especially when overripe which protect you against free radicals and chronic disease.
And from the files of folk medicine[v]…
If you have an insect bite or hives, rub them with the inside of the banana peel. This may help reduce the itching and inflammation.
If you have a wart, you can try to remove it by taping the inside of a piece of banana peel over the wart.
If you have morning sickness and suffer from hypoglycemia, eating bananas may help.
If you’re quitting smoking, the high levels of B-vitamins, potassium and magnesium in bananas are good for you, helping you recover quickly from nicotine withdrawal.
Last but not least, if you’re suffering from a hangover, make a banana milkshake and sweeten it with honey. The fruit will calm your stomach, the honey will help normalize your blood sugar, and the milk will rehydrate you.