Along with enjoying your favourite yellow fruits, did you know that you could also be enjoying special potential health benefits from bananas? The banana is one of the first plants domesticated by humans and today it is the second most consumed fruit after tomatoes.
Do you know that one banana can provide nearly 10 percent of your daily fiber requirement. Don’t just eat, learn also the healthy benefits that it has to offer!
One of the Best Fruit Sources of Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 from bananas is easily absorbed by your body and a medium-sized banana can provide about a quarter of your daily vitamin B6 needs. It helps your body to produce red blood cells, metabolise carbohydrates and fats, turning them into energy, metabolise amino acids,remove unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys, and maintain a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B6 is also good for pregnant women as it helps meet their baby’s development needs.
Respectable Sources of Vitamin C
You may not associate bananas with vitamin C but a medium-sized banana will provide about 10% of your daily vitamin C needs. It helps to protect your body against cell and tissue damage, your body absorb iron better, your body produce collagen—the protein which holds your skin, bones and body together, and support brain health by producing serotonin, a hormone that affects our sleep cycle, moods, and experiences of stress and pain.
Manganese in bananas is good for your skin
One medium-sized banana provides approximately 13% of your daily manganese needs. Manganese helps your body make collagen and protects your skin and other cells against free radical damage.
Potassium in bananas is good for your heart health and blood pressure
A medium-sized banana will provide around 320-400 mg of potassium, which meets about 10% of your daily potassium needs. Potassium helps your body maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure. In addition, bananas are low in sodium. The low sodium and high potassium combination helps to control high blood pressure.
Bananas can aid digestion and help beat gastrointestinal issues
A medium banana will provide about 10-12% of your daily fibre needs. Singapore’s Health Promotion Board recommends a daily dietary fibre intake of 20g for women and 26g for men. Soluble and insoluble fibres play an important role in your health. Soluble fibre helps your body control your blood sugar level and get rid of fatty substances such as cholesterol. Insoluble fibre adds weight and softness to stools, making it easier for you to have regular bowel movements. This helps to keep your gut healthy and safe from harmful bacteria. Bananas, especially newly-ripened ones, contain starch that does not digest (resistant starch) in your small intestine and is able to pass into the large intestine. Such bananas help you manage your weight better as you stay full for longer.
Bananas give you energy – minus the fats and cholesterol
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of energy. As such, bananas are ideal, especially for children and athletes, for breakfast, as a midday snack or before and after sports. That said, bananas can help you beat gastrointestinal issues such as: constipation, stomach ulcers, and heartburn. About one per day can help you meet your needs for produce and pack some serious health benefits. Bananas provide an easily digestible source of carbohydrates, the preferential fuel during exercise. They’re light on your stomach, which won’t weigh you down during your workouts.
What you may not know, Banana is actually good too, for your SKIN.
Skin moisturizer. Bananas are the secret to well-nourished skin. Rich in potassium and moisture, it will hydrate and moisturizes dry skin, making it soft and supple. Vitamin A in banana restores moisture smoothens out the rough texture of the skin and heals dry, parched skin.
Oil Control. Banana act as a great exfoliator which helps in sloughing off excess sebum on the skin surface. It is also rich in potassium and moisture, which helps in hydrating dry skin and making it soft and supple.
Anti-ageing effects. Bananas contain a high level of antioxidants and act as nature’s Botox to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming.
Treats acne. Bananas are loaded with many nutrients, for example, Vitamin A, zinc, and manganese, which are anti-inflammatory. Rubbing a banana peel on your face act as a blemish banisher and helps in treating acne.
It is also good for your HAIR!
Banana for dandruff. For centuries, banana peel, leaf, flower and fruit have been in different cultures as a treatment for various ailments. The extracts of different parts of the banana do have antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Dandruff symptoms can be caused by irritation, dryness, as well as fungal and bacterial pathogens. Applying the Banana mask to your scalp can add moisture (cutting down on dryness) and also rid your scalp of those microscopic offenders causing the dandruff symptoms.
Smoothens frizzy hair. Banana may help with Hair that’s frizzy due to Banana’s high Silica content. Silica is absorbed by our body to produce collagen a protein that is a building block of bouncy and beautiful hair.
Makes hair shiny. Bananas are very effective to get soft, smooth, manageable as well as moisturized hair. Because of the rich potassium, vitamins, calcium, carbohydrates content and the rich natural oils present in it, bananas provide nourishment to our hair and makes them smooth and shiny.
Boosts hair growth. Antioxidants in Banana can also infuse your scalp and hair with a stronger defence system and decrease the oxidative stress-a major cause of hair that looks brittle and aged. Using Banana overtime can lead to hair follicles that are stronger and, as a result, grow longer.
But, no matter how much you love banana, it is a no-no to have bananas as your breakfast subtitutes!
But… but… No matter how much do you love banana, it is actually harmful for you to eat banana as the first thing first in the morning. According to Dr Daryl Gioffre, who created the AlkaMind diet, bananas are actually harmful to eat as a breakfast substitute. While the tropical fruit has plenty of good qualities such as being high in potassium, magnesium and fiber, it won’t do you much good as a morning snack. The reason for this is “they’re 25% sugar and moderately acidic”. They will give you a decent temporary boost, but you’ll soon feel tired and hungry again.