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Why You Should Eat More Bananas

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

What if you're told there was a revolutionary food that may help you reduce bloat, lose weight, fight cancer, and boost your energy for a fraction of a cost that costs very little? The food is a fruit called banana.

This humble fruit, technically a berry, is likely the least-heralded grocery staple, a superfood generally identified with monkeys, kids, and slapstick humor. But its benefits have been documented, and making them part of your daily diet may prove to be beneficial to your health.

The following are some of the health benefits of bananas.

You May Feel Less Anxiety

Bananas contain tryptophan, a serotonin precursor. Because it's a natural antidepressant and may alleviate anxiety and sleeplessness, and other mood concerns, including exhaustion, irritability, agitation, rage, and aggressiveness, serotonin is perhaps the most essential brain chemical. Bananas also contain norepinephrine, which helps reduce stress by regulating the fight or flight response. Bananas are a natural whole food to boost your mood and avoid depression.

You May Feel Fuller

Bananas are high in resistant starch before they ripen, which resists digestion. This helps to nourish good gut bacteria that reduces hunger and promotes fat oxidation. A study revealed that substituting only 5 percent of a day's carbs with resistant starch may increase post-meal fat burning by about 30 percent. Because under-ripe bananas are bitter, it's suggested to add them with other fruits and vegetables in weight loss drinks to hide the flavor.

Good for Eyes

Bananas are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, both of which are antioxidants and beneficial to the eyes and skin. They also contain beta carotene, which is an antioxidant that may aid in the protection of cells and the healing of cellular damage. Bananas also have eye-healthy elements such as Vitamin E and lutein. A small banana may contain 120 micrograms of Vitamin E, and a medium banana has 26 micrograms of lutein. Lutein may help lessen the risk of macular degeneration.

Supports Healthy Digestive System

Do you ever feel well after eating? Bananas may help ease the digestion process. Because they have fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a group of fructose molecules, which leads to improved gastrointestinal health. Bananas are a fantastic source of prebiotics and indigestible carbohydrates that function as food for beneficial gut bacteria and aid digestion.

Supports Good Mood

Bananas look like smileys. They may make you smile because they include 6 percent of your daily value of Vitamin B9, often referred to as folate, a substance that may help you combat depression by enhancing an antidepressant substrate. It aids the speedier entry of serotonin, the feel-good chemical, into the brain. According to a study, people suffering from depression have blood folate 25 percentage points lower on average than healthy people. If you're on antidepressants, some experts suggest boosting your folate intake to help them work better. Bananas are the best option for boosting folate levels.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Durham, N.C.

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