Today, we take a look at one of the most delicious superfoods of all time — bananas. We can totally see why it is given a spot in the list of superfruits. I mean, how can a fruit of such a cheerful, vibrant colour with sweet-tasting flesh packed with wondrous nutrients and vitamins not win the hearts of many?
Plus, they can help to cure the itch of a mosquito bite, combat depression and put a stellar shine on your shoes! Read on to find more reasons to love this amazing fruit that is ever so easy to carry around with you to snack on, any time of the day.
Control Blood Pressure with Potassium
Potassium is known to be amazing for keeping your heart healthy and your blood pressure in control. It is the third most abundant mineral of your body that helps your body to regulate fluids (like blood), modulate your muscle contractions and relay signals from your brain and body.
In addition, bananas have relatively low sodium content. Working hand in hand with the high amount of potassium present in the fruit, controlling high blood pressure is definitely a walk in the park. So the next time you are going grocery shopping, add that to your shopping list!
Staying Focused with Vitamin B6
A vital vitamin to produce red blood cells and neurotransmitters — like serotonin and dopamine — is none other than the almighty Vitamin B6. It also aids your body to convert carbohydrates and fat into energy and is responsible for proper growth and development of the brain, skin and nerves, making it an important vitamin for a woman during her pregnancy.
You may experience an inability to focus, confusion and dementia, should you be deficient in vitamin B6.
Fight Free Radicals with Vitamin C
Vitamin C may not pop into your mind when we say “banana”. However, it is a fact that bananas do contain a good source of vitamin C, which helps your body combat free radicals and absorb iron better. It is also a crucial vitamin that supports your brain in producing a hormone that affects sleep cycles and manages your bodily experiences of stress and pain.
Multiple Benefits with Manganese
Manganese is a quintessential cofactor for various enzymes to help your body function and work properly. Pairing with calcium, zinc and copper, it supports bone mineral density, fending off osteoporosis. When coupled with glucosamine and chondroitin, inflammation in your body and osteoarthritis pain can be reduced.
Furthermore, manganese is mainly concentrated in the pancreas, the main organ that is involved in producing insulin. Insulin helps your body to rid sugar from your blood, thus making manganese a contributor towards stabilising blood sugar levels, too.
Aids Digestion with Fibre
Bananas are known to help beat constipation, stomach ulcers and heartburn. It is all thanks to the presence of both soluble and insoluble fibres in bananas, the latter making it easier for bowel movements. The former, also known as pectin, helps in the absorption of liquid in your intestines, which makes bananas a great food choice to mitigate diarrhoea.
Energise with Natural Sugars
Bananas are one of the best foods to energise yourself with, right after an intensive workout. It contains sucrose, glucose and fructose, which are natural sugars that provide energy without the frills of fat and cholesterol. So if you need a quick mid-day snack, grab a banana for a sweet treat that is guilt-free!
Flawless Skin with the Peel
If you think that the benefits of bananas are only contained in the sweet flesh that you consume, think again! The peels are rich in minerals, vitamins and nutrients too. They are beneficial for regenerating cells, which is awesome for treating skin problems like mosquito bites and the soothing of rashes.
All you have to do is rub the insides of the banana peel on to your skin. This action has a gentle exfoliating effect that draws out dirt and grease from your skin. Leave the sludge-like residue on for five to ten minutes before washing off. The vitamins of the peel would nourish and hydrate your skin, leaving you with a smooth and radiant complexion.
Up the game by placing the peels in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes and use them as eye masks to treat puffy eyes. The potassium from the peel helps to counter fluid retention caused by a diet high in salt. To make this eye mask work, leave the peels on for two to five minutes.
For all the skin treatments mentioned above, do make sure that you are using fresh peels that have been washed to get rid of farming pesticides. Alternatively, you can use the peels of organic bananas. After all, you would not want the chemicals of agricultural pesticides to get into your skin now, would you?