Heading off to the grocery store to stock up your kitchen for the week? Make sure you grab a bunch of bananas while you’re there. Why, you ask? Read on to discover why bananas are the secret super fruits of the produce world.
They Boost Your Mood
1. When you’re feeling down, pick up a banana! Bananas help depression due to high levels of tryptophan. This is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter that instantly perks you up.
2. Quitting smoking? With high levels of B-vitamins, potassium and magnesium, bananas speed up recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
3. Eat two bananas on your way to the gym to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar while you work out.
They Keep You Healthy
4. The high levels of vitamin B-6 in bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells.
5. Because they’re high in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
6. Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
7. Like dark chocolate, bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.
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