How Bananas can Help with your Studies…

We all know that monkeys and other primates love bananas. What perhaps you don’t know is that health gurus are now ‘going bananas’ for bananas!

Why? I hear you ask. Well, when any creature naturally relies on or gravitates toward a specific food, you can be sure mother nature is behind the scenes pulling strings, or in this case, rustling trees. It has been said that monkeys and other primates use bananas from natural instinct. They know distinctively that bananas are good for them.

According to a study, humans can also benefit a lot from simply eating three bananas a day. Surely this is sound advice for students as well! But if you’re not fully convinced, here are 10 impressive reasons why you should start packing bananas in your bag alongside your study notes now…

1. Excellent source of nutrients 

With just 121 calories, less than half a gram of fat, no cholesterol and 3.5 grams of fibre, a large banana seems a smart choice for anyone trying to follow a nutritious diet without gaining weight.

Studies have indicated that pressure at work can lead to people gorging on comfort food like chocolate, pastries and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods, like bananas to keep levels steady.

2. Improves circulation and blood pressure

Your body needs potassium to help regulate its blood flow and hydration levels, thereby allowing oxygen to reach your cells. Potassium can further help to lower high blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium within your blood.

According to studies, the best way to get potassium in your body is naturally, through food in your diet, eating such things as fresh fruits and vegetables, including, of course, the banana.

3. Lowers risk of blood clot

Apparently, researchers from both England and Italy, found that eating three bananas a day – one for breakfast, one for lunch and then another one at dinner provides enough potassium to reduce the risk of developing a blood clot in your brain, which can ultimately lead to a stroke. The reduction was as high as 21 per cent!

4. Quick energy boost

Studies show that if you eat three bananas in one sitting before your gym workout, they will give you the extra energy boost you need to make it through a strenuous 90-minute workout, with energy to spare!  And post-workout, the bananas provide your body with the vital nutrients it needs to repair your muscles and balance your water retention (after all that sweating from your high-intensity workout.) This is because bananas are an excellent food to help replenish your glucose reserves, giving your body the energy it needs to rebuild muscle.

So, instead of relying on those glucose-packed sports drinks or snacks, try eating a banana instead.

5. Good for your skin

Bananas can help you keep that perfect complexion because just one banana contains 16 percent of the manganese you need for the day and about 14 percent of the Vitamin C that helps in collagen production, which helps to keep you looking young.

Look how much money students spend on trying to look young. Why don’t you just eat a few bananas instead. It’s bound to be cheaper, and probably more effective!

(Admittedly, this one is not linked to helping your studies, but we thought you might like to know it anyway. Look good, feel good, study better!)

6. Improves your mood

Bananas contain significant amounts of the amino acid tryptophan, which helps to regulate serotonin – the hormone responsible for your mood. According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because of the tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. It’s a well-known fact in the scientific community that proper levels of serotonin can alter your mood (make you happy) and prevent such things as depression and even anxiety.

A large banana gives you 12 milligrams each of tryptophan and tyrosine. Getting an adequate amount of these amino acids may help you stay calm and focused, while lessening feelings of anxiety and stress.

7. Helps beat anaemia

Iron deficiency and anaemia affect around 24.8 percent of the world’s population according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

While bananas are not a significant source of iron, they do apparently stimulate the production of Haemoglobin in your blood, which can help in cases of anaemia.

8. Gives your brain power

200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams in a recent year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. The research showed that the potassium-packed fruit assisted learning by making pupils more alert.

A wide array of other research suggests that eating bananas may make you seem smarter, as some of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids in bananas play a role in keeping your brain functioning at its optimal level.

The cells in your brain use glucose as fuel. Your brain cannot store it, so you must continually supply glucose to your brain through the food you eat. When you eat refined sugars, such as sweet cereals, confectionary and pastries, your body quickly depletes the carbohydrate content, especially from the sucrose, leaving you feeling sluggish and hungry again hours later. However, the fibre in a banana slows the breakdown and release of its sugars into your bloodstream, making it a healthier snack all round.

Because your body uses fruit sugar more gradually than refined sugar, a banana is a good way to get a steady stream of brain fuel.

9. Helps your diet

Bananas are high in fibre, which helps you feel fuller for longer, so dieters will love bananas.

But more importantly, the dietary fibre and starches in bananas help to bind the waste in your digestive tract, combined with the potassium that helps to balance water retention in your gut, so they help keep you from becoming hungry.

So, eating bananas regularly, can essentially help you keep your body shape without always feeling peckish.

10. Promotes a healthy nervous system

Bananas are loaded with vitamin B6 (called pyridoxine). In fact, one banana contains 25 percent of your recommended daily intake of this important nutrient.

A well-known saying is that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but, it would seem a banana is a better natural remedy for this, especially when you consider that a banana has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice as many vitamins and minerals of an apple. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe it’s time we swap the apple for a banana!

UKCBC has nothing to do with bananas!

Many students go bananas trying to find the right course for their desired qualification. There is no need for that, here at the UK College of Business and Computing, we provide a range of HND and Professional courses in London and Essex and have staff on hand to help you with your decision.

By combining a formal course with UKCBCthe planning and execution of a rigorous private study regime, and a ready supply of bananas, you have an excellent learning mix to help you face the challenges of your HND or Professional studies.

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