I always have a banana with me when I’m off to a race or after I get back from a run. There easy. handy and really quick and great for you as an running. Heres some facts and info about why there good for you and how exactly they work.
A banana has vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, protein and vitamins A, B-6, C and E. These vitamins and minerals are essential to keeping everyone healthy and active, especially athletes. Eating a banana right before or after a competition or workout can boost your energy and athletic performance as well as muscle activity.
The vitamins and nutrients found in a banana help fuel your central nervous system, boost muscle performance and aid in muscle recovery.
Potassium, prevents muscle cramps by acting like an electrolyte, or a fluid regulator. Potassium and vitamin C help build strong bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and help speed up the muscle recovery process, which is great.
There are lots of sources of energy in a banana.
A banana’s carbohydrates provide your body with the necessary fuel it needs in order to compete or exercise, and can boost your endurance and concentration.
Magnesium helps transport energy to your muscles and helps break down protein, which aids in muscle fatigue relief.
Potassium helps your body change the glucose found in your bloodstream into glycogen, which your body stores in order to provide long-lasting fuel for your muscles.
Vitamin B-6 aids in the transport of oxygen to your muscles, which helps prevent muscle strain.
The Dietary fiber fights off hunger and keeps you full longer, which helps keep your head in the game or workout routine.
Bananas also aid in digestion, eases diarrhea and constipation, boosts liver function, neutralizes the acids found in your stomach, fights heartburn and regulates cholesterol, red blood cells and blood sugar levels.
A banana contains about 16 percent of your daily requirements for fiber.
A banana helps support your immune system, which fights off the negative side effects of stress and body strain.
Vitamins and minerals including potassium, iron, and B vitamins also aid the healing of wounds.
So have a banana before you head off for your run approx 30 mins at least before hand or after your run, I especially find them a huge help as I’m an early morning runner and not great on the old early morning eating, so a banana really helps, and its so quick.
Happy running and eating 🙂