1. YOU DETOXIFY
Rich in pectin, bananas are an all-natural detox. As a rapid weight loss bonus, research shows pectin can limit the amount of fat your cells can absorb.
2. YOUR VISION WILL IMPROVE
Bananas contain vitamins A and C, both are antioxidants and are eye and skin-healthy nutrients.They also have beta carotene, an antioxidant that can help to protect cells and repair damage at the cellular level.
3. YOUR BLOOD BECOMES STRONGER
Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas
4. YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE LOWERS
Bananas are high in potassium and low in sodium, the fruit is officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
5. CANCER BATTLERS
Delphinidin is an antioxidant found in bananas that has anti-tumor properties.
6. YOUR BODY WILL FIGHT DISEASE
Even though bananas have no vitamin A, they can still help alleviate vitamin A deficiency. How? They’re rich in three different types of carotenoids (provitamin A carotenoids, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene) that the body actually converts into vitamin A.
7. YOU’LL HAVE MORE ENERGY
Bananas are rich in glucose, the most easily digestible source of sugar that will provide optimal energy for your Soul Cycle class run or power lift. Eating one post workout helps to quickly replenish energy stores that are depleted during a tough sweat session.
8. YOUR BONES WILL GROW STRONGER
Although bananas don’t contain a high amount of calcium—less than 1% of your daily recommended intake—they can help promote calcium uptake with the help of those prebiotic fructooligosaccharides.
9. YOU’LL BE MORE REGULAR
The high fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility. With 3 grams of insoluble fiber, they help you push out waste better by making stools easier to pass.
10. YOU’LL DIGEST EASIER
Bananas can help your poor digestion. They’re an excellent source of prebiotics, nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for good gut bacteria (probiotics) and improve digestion.
11. YOU’LL REDUCE BAD CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Bananas contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have cholesterol-lowering effects according to a study in The Journal of Nutrition.
12. FEEL FULLER
Bananas are rich in something called resistant starch, which, as the name suggests, literally resists the digestion process. This feeds healthy gut bacteria, which suppresses the appetite and leads to more efficient fat oxidation.
13. YOU’LL HAVE LESS CRAVINGS
Eating a banana between meals means less binging.
14. YOUR BLOOD SUGAR WILL STABILIZE
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!)
15. YOU’LL START 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.
16. YOU’LL LOOK LESS BLOATED
Fight back against the gas and water retention with bananas.The fruit increases bloat-fighting bacteria in the stomach, and it’s also a legendarily good source of potassium, which can help diminish retention of fluids.
17. YOU’LL SLEEP BETTER
It’s a precursor for melatonin, which promotes relaxation and helps to regulate sleep.” Peel one before bed.
18. YOU’LL FEEL LESS STRESS AND ANXIETY
Besides the mood-boosting B9, bananas also have tryptophan, “a precursor for serotonin,Bananas also have norepinephrine, which regulates our “‘fight or flight response,’ which helps to regulate stress.
19. YOU’LL FEEL HAPPIER, FASTER
Bananas don’t just look like smiles; they promote them, because they contain vitamin b9, aka folate, a nutrient that may fight depression by boosting a substrate that has antidepressant properties.
20. RECOVER FASTER
Potassium helps your muscles recover from a workout, strengthens their development and allows you to work out more.
21.YOU’LL BUILD LEAN MUSCLE
If after a workout, you’ve felt like your muscles are sore—or not growing fast enough—you might not be getting enough magnesium in your diet. A good source of magnesium, bananas can help with muscle contraction and relaxation as well as protein synthesis — which, in turn, increases lean muscle mass.One fun way to get your magnesium: Make banana tea. Just boil some water, cut off both ends of a banana (still in its peel) and boil for 7-10 minutes. Then drain and drink before bed.