Health benefits of bananas

The surprising health benefits of bananas
Bananas are one of the most popular fruits - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 15/04/2020 18:11 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 15:04
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Banana is a fruit that can be eaten at any time of the day and which is easy to combine with other foods.

Nutritional expert Fernanda Alvarado says that eating two portions (100 calories) of this fruit per day will provide you with multiple health benefits.

According to the Bien Comer website, in addition to being non-expensive, bananas are rich in carbohydrates, potassium, and prevents fluid retention in the body.

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Moreover, bananas have digestive enzymes that break down everything you eat and drink into small particles.

This fruit contains amylase which is needed to break down starch and is rich in maltase, which is an enzyme that breaks down maltose, the sugar contained in corn syrup and beer.

On the other hand, doctor Mercola asserts that bananas have 476 milligrams of potassium. Eating two pieces a day helps control the heart rate and blood pressure. Likewise, it has vitamin B6, which is needed to prevent anemia and coronary artery disease.

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It is also rich in fiber, so eating it frequently will help you have a healthier digestive system.

According to Medical Daily, this fruit is excellent for women in the premenstrual period since it is rich in magnesium and helps to sleep for it has melatonin that controls the natural cycles of the body.

Eating bananas as recommended will also help your nervous system and will relax your muscular system.

As a matter of fact, bananas are often considered a fruit for athletes for it helps with physical recovery after exercising and it contains vitamin C and B6, which are useful for having a good memory.

According to the Mexican System of Equivalent Foods, a banana contains 96 kilocalories, 3 grams of fibers, and 25 grams of carbohydrates.

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Ripe bananas contain resistant starch which makes people feel full and is good for the microbiota.

Bananas are also helpful to fight depression for they have a substance called L-tryptophan which, according to some researches, turns into serotonin inside the body.

Bananas are also good for your skin and they can be used as a mask. The peel and the pulp are useful to slow down premature aging and they hydrate the skin.

Lastly, banana peels have vitamin A which, according to the Islamic University of Sultan Agung, is good for eye health.

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