1. Maintains Blood Pressure
Potassium, due to its role as a vasodilator, helps to maintain blood pressure. Therefore, the high levels of potassium in a single banana (around 10% of your daily requirement) can help protect you from hypertension, as well as heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.
2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
The high levels of potassium, along with the high concentration of tryptophan, make banana juice an excellent mood stabilizer, capable of reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety.
3. Improves Energy Levels
There are a number of different sugars in bananas, most of which the body can use immediately to start making energy. This means just one banana can give you a burst of mental and physical energy, let alone 2-3 bananas in a glass of this tasty juice.
4. Boosts Immunity
The presence of vitamin C and various vitamin Bs means that banana juice is a great immune system booster. Ascorbic acid can lead to the production of white blood cells and can also reduce oxidative stress and neutralize free radicals.
5. Detoxifies the Body
The dietary fiber for the digestive tract and vitamin B6 for managing toxicity levels makes banana juice ideal for cleansing the body. It stimulates the function of liver and kidneys, eliminating salts, toxins, and fats more rapidly.
6. Speeds Up Recovery
This juice is popular with athletes, as well as those who are recovering from an extensive illness or injury, as it’s a great source of electrolytes, namely potassium. Without enough potassium in your body, your muscle function and development is impaired, along with your body’s water balance and nervous system function.
7. Promotes Sleep
Bananas aren’t often praised for their tryptophan content, but this natural sedative can stimulate the release of serotonin, which helps ease the body into relaxation and sleep. A glass of this juice before bed is an excellent choice for those who suffer from insomnia.
8. Aids Digestion
The high concentration of fiber found in this juice is great for digestion, as it helps stimulate peristaltic motion, increases the release of gastric juices, and improves nutrient uptake efficiency.
How to Make Banana Juice
• 3 medium-sized bananas
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1.5 cups milk
• 1 pinch cinnamon (optional)
1. Peel each banana, and remove the extra fiber from the side of the fruit.
2. Slice the bananas into chunks.
3. Add the banana chunks, milk, and honey to a blender (add 1-2 ice cubes, if desired).
4. Blend for 2-3 minutes, until it has an even and thin consistency.
5. Serve and enjoy.
Side Effects of Banana Juice
Although banana juice has many health benefits, there are some possible side effects such as gastrointestinal problems, weight gain, heart trouble, or muscle issues. However, these side effects only appear when you consume too much banana juice. Drinking 1-2 glasses a day should not cause any side effects for the majority of people.
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