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Bananas can make you happier

Bananas are a versatile, sweet, tasty and healthy snack. They can help you keep fit as well as help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions.  To say that bananas can make you happier may be a bit of an overstatement.  But they can help to make you feel happier.

Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas may reduce the risk of heart disease as the potassium found in them helps regulate blood pressure. This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect food for helping to naturally lower blood pressure and reduce occurrences of strokes.

Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 as well as fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Lack of B6 in a diet causes weakness, irritability and insomnia.  This is why bananas are also suggested for women experiencing morning sickness, or people that otherwise feel nauseous.

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So, Why do People Say that Bananas Can Make You Happier?

Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid, that the body converts into serotonin.  It is serotonin that is responsible for making people feel happier.  Serotonin, also known as the “happy hormone”, promotes a more positive, happy mood.  Eating bananas will lead to increased levels of serotonin, which ultimately may make you feel more upbeat and happy.

What Else Are Bananas Good For?

  • Constipation
    They are packed with fiber, which helps with bowel regularity.
  • Diarrhea
    They are soothing to the digestive track and help restore lost electrolytes.
  • Acid Reflux / Heartburn
    Bananas are a natural antacid.
  • Your Mind
    Thanks to the potassium they contain, bananas can make you smarter and more alert.
  • Bug Bites
    Rubbing the inside of a banana peel has a relieving effect.
  • Quitting Smoking
    The high levels of potassium, B-vitamins, and magnesium help to speed recovery from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
  • Wart Removal?!
    Taping a banana peel so the inside of the peel is against the wart and leaving in place for a while will remove a wart.

(The above information was provided by FoodMatters’ article 25 Powerful Reasons to Eat Bananas.)