The term “superfood” is often bandied about nutritionists and fitness experts. When you think of a superfood, you probably conjure up images of rare, exotic fruits or herbs grown in remote areas on the planet. But, some superfoods are much more common than you might imagine. In fact, the banana is one of the most familiar and powerful superfoods in the world.
You might be asking yourself, “Bananas? Really?” Incredulity is certainly a natural response, considering just how readily available bananas are. But, their widespread availability does not negate their significant health benefits. We’ll take a look at a few of those benefits here.
- Improve Your Workouts
Bananas are uniquely capable of improving your fitness regimen. If you want to get a big boost of energy that maintains healthy levels of blood sugar, just eat two bananas prior to working out. You’ll find that you’ll have more energy and your body will work harder in the process. Bananas are also valuable for eliminating leg cramps during workouts.
- Improve Your Mood
Perhaps the most interesting of all banana benefits is the ability to improve your mood. Bananas are filled with a substance called tryptophan. You might recognize that as the chemical in turkey meat that makes you feel drowsy. But, the tryptophan in bananas reacts differently. It is converted into serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that is known to produce happiness.
- Improve Your Blood Pressure
The Food and Drug Administration in the United States recognized banana’s for their ability to lower blood pressure. The high concentration of potassium is and low quantity of salt is important for protecting against strokes and even heart attacks.
- Improve Your Digestion
Many people use bananas as a digestive aid. It is filled with fiber that can get your digestive motility moving again. It also helps for restoring lost electrolytes and relaxing the digestive tract when you’re suffering from diarrhea. Bananas can also provide probiotic benefits, adding “good” bacteria to the bowels.
- Improve Your Immunity
Properties in bananas have been shown effective at preventing a wide variety of diseases. Indeed, bananas can ward off mascular degeneration, kidney cancer, and bone degeneration. Both the potassium and the calcium in bananas are valuable for sustaining good health and a good immune system. Bananas are also filled with antioxidants that fight against disease-causing free radicals.
- Improve Your Pregnancy
Eating bananas throughout pregnancy has also been shown to help the pregnancy go smoother. Get in the habit of eating bananas between meals to balance your blood sugar. This will also mitigate most nausea related to morning sickness.
You can eat bananas anyway you’d like, but new studies have shown that the adding the peel actually provides more potassium, calcium, and lutein. Of course, eating the peel on its own might not sound that appealing. Many people just toss the banana—peel and all—into a blender to make a smoothie. You can add other fruits like strawberry or mango to really get the most out of your superfood.