Benefits of bananas

Discover the many health benefits and reasons to add bananas to your diet

🍌💪 Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar, and protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps due to the mineral potassium.

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Bananas are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6.

Bananas are good for your heart. Potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating. Bananas' high potassium and low sodium content may also help protect your cardiovascular system against high blood pressure, according to the FDA.

Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter. Plus, vitamin B6 can help you sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles and protect against cramps.

Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.

Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin -- the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

Some random banana facts: You can actually eat the banana peel (raw) if you wash it carefully, it's very nutritious but maybe tastier cooked. Bananas do not grow on trees. The banana plant is classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb, and the banana itself is considered a berry. Nearly all the bananas sold in stores are cloned from just one variety, the Cavendish banana plant, originally native to Southeast Asia. India is the leading producer of bananas worldwide, accounting for 23 percent of the total banana production. 🍌💪

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