Health & Benefits Sports

It’s time to serve… some bananas!

Health & Benefits Sports

March 30th 2020 ・ 10 min reading

Bananas contain essential nutrients to enhance your sporting performance.

While you are keeping an eye on the tennis courts, Chiquita is keeping an eye on the athletes’ health. The European tennis season has commenced with the Italian Open, Geneva Open and French Open all taking place this month. Why do we often see tennis players snacking on bananas before, after, and mid-match?

Let’s take a look at why bananas are an athlete’s best friend before, during, and after a game!

Bananas are famous for being a rich source of potassium. It is a vital nutrient to optimize an athlete’s performance. It is critical for bodily functions, such as muscle movement, and for proper muscle growth and development. In addition, it regulates the body’s water levels. Potassium helps to retain fluid balance in your body’s cells, which can prevent cramping. However, potassium is depleted through the muscles and sweat, therefore, during vigorous physical activity, the body loses a large amount of it. Hence, why bananas are the perfect potassium-packed snack during sets!

Feeling like you’re at break-point? Have a Chiquita banana! Not only are bananas delicious, they are also a source of quick and effective energy. They have a substantial carbohydrate and sugar content, all, of which is 100% natural. Chiquita banana is here to keep your mind and body sharp while you hit those smashes. They will give you an instant energy boost to keep your mind responsive and reflexes fast and precise. As well as that, bananas contain tyrosine, which is an amino-acid, like dopamine. This enhances alertness, level of motivation and ability to focus.

Bananas are a good source of vitamin C and the benefits of vitamin C go well beyond the immune system. Did you know that it is essential for strengthening muscles, tendons, and ligaments? Vitamin C also promotes repair of soft tissue damage. Keep that tennis-elbow away by stocking up on a bunch or two. Furthermore, vitamin C plays a role in the synthesis of Adrenalin throughout physical activity making you ready to take on any opponent.

All athletes need good nights sleep, right? Well, after all the game day excitement, it may be tricky to wind down. Our secret–at a banana! Magnesium and potassium, found in bananas, aid in relaxing muscles. This can help slow down your heart rate and prepare you for a long night of repair and recovery. Further, bananas contain tryptophan, which converts to serotonin and melatonin in the body. These are the brain’s calming hormones.

These are just a few of the endless health benefits that Chiquita bananas have to offer. Not to mention they are portable, convenient, quick, efficient, and easy to get a hold of!

Go bananas this tennis season with Chiquita banana. Don’t keep all these scrumptious health tips to yourself, tell your friends to go bananas too by sharing this article. #Chiquitabanana

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