Bananas benefit the muscles
We’ve already mentioned that bananas are great for providing energy, especially if we’re training or exercising hard. But did you know that bananas can also support good recovery of tired, hardworking muscles?
This is all down to two minerals found in bananas – potassium and magnesium. Both potassium and magnesium act as electrolytes, which help to manage the delicate fluid balance in the body.
When we exercise, we naturally sweat and in doing so, we lose electrolytes. When our electrolyte reserves become depleted, we can experience cramping and muscle soreness both during and after exercise. Therefore, topping up our levels of potassium and magnesium by eating a banana after exercise, can help our muscles recover, helping to reduce the discomfort that often prevents us from training the following day.
A banana makes the ideal post-exercise snack as bananas contain the electrolytes potassium and magnesium that are lost through sweat when we exercise, which can lead to muscle soreness and cramping.