Why are bananas recommended for cramping?

Question

Hi Rick, Many physical trainers will suggest that those athletes suffering from cramps eat more bananas. Why are bananas recommended for cramping?

Answer

Bananas are considered to be a good source (while not necessarily the highest) of the mineral potassium. Potassium participates in electrolyte balance, cellular integrity, and muscle contractions. It is also believed to decrease cramping and this is the reason trainers will recommend it. You will find potassium from a number of fresh fruits and vegetables - where it is found abundantly. Drinking plenty of fluids, proper stretching and training, eating a variety of foods full of other minerals (like calcium and magnesium) would certainly be wise.