Did you know that if you eat at least 3 bananas per day, can you significantly reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack? According to British and Italian scientists, you spend one breakfast banana, one for lunch and one for dinner, and they will provide you enough potatoes for hours to reduce the risk of blood clots in the brain by 21%.
The report, published in Journal of American College of Cardiology, suggests that stroke can be prevented or even reduced in most cases due to the level of potassium found in some foods, including bananas, fish, spinach, and lentils.
Researchers have found that a daily intake of about 1600 mg of potassium can reduce the risk of stroke. The average banana size contains about 500 mg of potassium and three daily can lower blood pressure and help in the proper functioning of the brain and nerve functions.
With the significantly reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, eating three bananas per day (equivalent to 1.500 milligrams of potassium) The benefits are numerous:
- Fights stress
Here’s one more benefit from the high potassium levels in bananas – it regulates your heartbeat and fights stress. When you’re feeling stressed out the metabolic rates rise and the potassium levels drop which means that potassium can help us restore our heartbeat and makes us feel more relaxed.
- Helps you quit smoking
Bananas are rich in vitamins B12 and B6, in addition to the potassium and magnesium, which can help the body recuperate from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
- Reduce depression
Did you know that bananas can help you fight depression? They are rich in tryptophan, a type of protein which the body converts into serotonin, and as you all know serotonin is a compound that relaxes the body and is responsible for our good mood.
- Regulate blood pressure
As we already mentioned, one medium sized banana contains about 500mg of potassium, which is essential for good cardiovascular health. Bananas with their high potassium levels can help regulate heart function and the body’s fluid balance; which in turn reduces the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
Bananas are the number 1 recommended food for people suffering from anemia (a condition where your body does not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the necessary tissues). As we know bananas contain high amounts of iron and can boost hemoglobin production which is very important for people battling anemia since low hemoglobin levels usually indicate anemia.
- Cures hangovers
You have a nasty hangover and you think your head is about to explode? Try a banana-honey smoothie; you’ll feel better right away. Bananas will calm your irritated stomach and the honey will restore you out of balance blood sugar levels.