Why Athletes Need Bananas

Why Athletes Need Bananas

In celebration of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and with Mexico clinching a spot in the second stage, we must celebrate athletes. Athletes make up a major part of who buys bananas, and with good reason. Of course we are always told that bananas are important for you if you’re involved with any athletic activity, but why exactly? Find out after the break. 

Great Source of Energy – Every banana contains at least 30 grams of carbohydrates, which is a highly effective source of energy for athletes. Carbohydrates are the fuel that keeps us going and they support healthy muscle activity.

Brain Power – Carbs are also a major component for the central nervous system, helping our bodies stay responsive and reflexive. According to the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition published in 2012, gymnasts who ate bananas fell less during balance beam routines.

Potassium Power – Packing a whopping 450 milligrams of potassium – 13 percent of your necessary intake per day – bananas contain the essential mineral necessary to maintain proper heart health and a balanced blood-sugar. Potassium also protects against high blood pressure.

Cancels Cramping – Potassium is also an electrolyte, which helps the body retain fluid and prevents muscles from cramping. We’ve already seen a few players succumb to muscle cramps this year; they must have not eaten enough bananas.

Rich in Vitamin C – Potassium isn’t the only benefit for your muscles found in bananas. Fifteen percent of your daily Vitamin C is found in this magical yellow fruit. In addition, bananas are great for strengthening muscles, tendons, and ligaments while also keeping your immune system in check. A healthy athlete is a happy athlete.

Healing Factor – Think of bananas as the first step in becoming Wolverine. Vitamin C also helps speed up the healing process for wounds and soft tissue damage that is inflicted on the body during sports activities.

With the World Cup in full swing, utilize these tips to engage with your fitness minded customers. They’ll appreciate you looking out for their well-being. Bananas are perfect for on-the-go and are one of the most cost effective produce items.

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