Bananas are one of the few fruits that contains the entire range of B Vitamins including—thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), folic acid (B6) and small quantities of B5 and B12. B vitamins help calm the nervous system.
Bananas also contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
Bananas have very high potassium content, a mineral essential to the normal muscle function for both the voluntary muscles (ex. the arms and hands) and the involuntary muscles (ex. the heart and intestines). Research has shown that the potassium boosts the function of the brain and improves one’s ability to stay alert, focused and thereby aid in learning, especially in children and young adults. Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, adrenalin is released causing body potassium levels to be reduced. By snacking on the potassium-packed banana, you will re-balance this vital mineral and restore balance to your system.
Bananas are an excellent energy-boosting carbohydrate. Eating a banana as a snack will help your child sustain his or her energy levels and concentration throughout the morning. Include bananas in their school bag instead of salty chips or sugar-filled granola bars as a healthier mid-morning snack.
Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber and compared to an apple, a banana has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice all the other vitamins and minerals they have in common.
Along with all the above, bananas also contain important and significant amounts of copper (which benefits the blood and retards graying of the hair), chromium, fluoride, manganese, selenium and zinc. It’s really an amazing fruit!