When You Start Eating Bananas Every Day

Bananas are synonymous for being the food of choice for our closest relatives, primates, who seem to find them quite literally a-peeling.

However, the love of this fruit seems to be for a very good reason.

Originating from Southeast Asia, the banana has been long used by Chinese healthcare practitioners for lowering blood pressure and preventing both constipation and hemorrhoids. The skin is even applied to mosquito bites in certain cultures for its soothing benefits

[1]. Here are just a few of the benefits of bananas and below we’ll see just some of the reasons why this fruit is so good for our health.

Nutritional Composition

The reason bananas offer so many great health benefits is no surprise as they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals.

Each banana offers a whopping 23 different vitamins and minerals. A single large banana provides 10% or more of the daily recommended amount for vitamin c, vitamin B6 potassium, magnesium and manganese so they’re great as part of a balanced diet [2].

Training Advantages

A 2012 study suggests banana is just as effective for sports performance as Gatorade sports drinks, as reported by Daily Health Post.

The findings show bananas matched the sports drink in almost every measurable category, however, those powered by bananas all lost weight during the study, unlike the sports drink group where some even maintained weight and averaged roughly 25% less weight loss.

This comes while calorie consumption was almost identical and mineral and vitamin intakes were higher in the fortified sports drink group showing bananas have improved benefits over vitamins and minerals alone.

Bananas were also shown to increase anti-oxidants such as dopamine which potentially reduce the effects of oxidative stress of exercise.



Energy levels are also higher following banana consumption due to the role magnesium plays in the production of the energy source ATP [3].

Heart Health

Dr. Janet Brill, of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, explains in her book how bananas can help reduce high blood pressure in only 4 weeks thanks their high magnesium content.

They help lower blood pressure by relaxing and dilating blood vessels, preventing muscular spasms, fight against blood clots and prevents arrhythmia of the heart.

Diabetes

Treating diabetes with bananas seems to be effective as they contain resistant starch to blunt sugar release and its anti-hyperglycaemic and anti-diabetic effects seen in studies.

They can also be used to regulate blood sugars for similar reasons [4].

Mental health

Serotonin and dopamine are often used to treat mental health issues and can be supplied in the form of drugs by doctors. However, bananas can be used to treat stress and depression due to these bioactive compounds being present [4].

Cancer

Cancer rates are steadily rising and many of us have been affected in some way by this potentially life ending disease, however, bananas have been linked to reduced risk of cancer and lung cancer in particular [4].

With so many great reasons to eat bananas you really should pick up a bunch and start enjoying the benefits today!

By Valerie S.