Health Benefits of A Banana

The banana is an edible fruit. Bananas are extremely nutritious; rich in potassium, riboflavin, niacin and fibre, and the rapid energy boost given by their high sugar levels means that they’re a great snack.

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  1. Lean Muscle

Banana is a good source of magnesium, it can help with muscle contraction and relaxation as well as protein synthesis — which, in turn, increases lean muscle mass. An added bonus: magnesium intake helps boost lipolysis, a process by which your body releases fat from its stores.

  1. Short recovery time

Potassium helps your muscles recover from a workout, strengthens their development and allows you to work out more.

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  1. Good Relaxer

It’s a precursor for melatonin, which promotes relaxation and helps to regulate sleep.” Peel one before bed.

  1. Burning Fat

Bananas have 12 mg of choline, a fat-blasting B vitamin that acts directly on the genes that cause fat storage in the abdomen. (One reason heavy drinkers have bloated bellies is that alcohol depletes choline, causing weight gain around the liver.) You can also find it in lean meats, seafood and collard greens. Foods high in choline are an essential part of Zero Belly Diet.

READ: Why Sugar is as bad as alcohol, Part I and Part II

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  1. Stabilizing blood sugar level

Bananas are a great source of nutrition for a lot of reasons. It is encouraged consuming protein and healthy fat with the banana to slow down the absorption of the sugar from the banana into your bloodstream. This is the most effective strategy for keeping blood sugar levels stable, which means consistent energy levels and weight loss (since stable blood sugar levels allow the pancreas to secrete glucagon, the fat-burning hormone!)

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  1. Antioxidant

Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of dietary antioxidants, and bananas are no exception. They contain several types of potent antioxidants, including dopamine and catechins.

These antioxidants have been linked to many health benefits, such as a reduced risk of heart disease and degenerative diseases. However, it is a common misunderstanding that the dopamine from bananas acts as a feel-good chemical in the brain. In reality, dopamine from bananas does not cross the blood-brain barrier. It simply acts as a strong antioxidant instead of altering hormones or mood .

  1. Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for many of the world’s most serious diseases, including type-2 diabetes. Several studies have shown that 15–30 grams of resistant starch per day may improve insulin sensitivity by 33–50%, in as little as 4 weeks.

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Unripe bananas are a great source of resistant starch, and may therefore help improve insulin sensitivity. However, the reason for these effects is not well understood, and not all studies agree on the matter.

 

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