Bananas are rich in potassium, fiber and vitamins C and B6, however, this delicious fruit offers a lot more than that.
Besides being part of the most delicious fruit drinks, bananas will make life better in a few ways:
You can use them instead of sports drinks
The study that was conducted on 14 professional cyclists showed that half a banana has the same effect as one cup of sports drink every 15 minutes during a race for a period of two and a half to 3 hours. The performance of the cyclists was the same, but the benefits are bigger than from the drinks full of carbohydrates. They contain more nutrients and healthy blend of natural sugars and antioxidants. In addition, bananas help in preventing muscle cramps, so it is not bad to eat during an intense workout.
They will speed up your metabolism
Bananas are a good source of resistant starch which is found in foods rich in carbohydrates, and that helps with weight loss. Our body resistant starch is digested slowly, which means that we will be more satisfied. Slightly green bananas medium sized has 12.5 grams of resistant starch, while ripe banana has almost a 5th.
Regulate blood pressure
Another good side of the high amounts of potassium in bananas: regulate blood pressure. The more potassium goes in the body, the more sodium comes out of the body. This mineral acts as a natural diuretic and stimulates the kidneys to excrete excess sodium which the body retains.
Good for the bacteria in the digestive system
Bananas have a lot of probiotics and carbohydrates that the human body cannot digest. However, they have an important role in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Probiotics provide the food with probiotics, and thus helps them grow. In addition to bananas, probiotics can be found in dried apricot, garlic and onion.
Relieve abdominal discomfort
Due to the large amounts of fiber, bananas will help with constipation, diarrhea recovery, and regulation of gastric acid, heartburn and ulcers.