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Banana for Health

Bananas are ideal for people looking to lose or maintain weight through sound nutrition, while also giving the body sustenance for daily strength and fitness.

Bananas offer the body carbohydrates, its main source of energy and provide a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and fiber.

 

Generally, fruit is a poor source of vitamin B6, but bananas are the exception; a single serving has more than 30 percent of the recommended daily amount.

 

The effectiveness of potassium rich foods such as bananas in lowering blood pressure has been demonstrated by a number of studies.

 

For example, researchers tracked over 40,000 American male health professionals over four years to determine the effects of diet on blood pressure.

 

Men, who ate diets higher in potassium rich foods, as well as foods high in magnesium, had a substantially reduced risk of stroke.

 

Bananas are one of the best fruits in terms of fibre content, containing good levels of both insoluble and soluble fibre. 

 

Insoluble fibre has been indicated as important for maintaining good gut health, whilst soluble is thought to have benefits for the heart and cardiovascular systems.

 

Apart from potassium, bananas are high in a wide variety of beneficial nutrients such as vitamin A, a range of B vitamins, vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium and calcium. A banana provides about 10% of the daily requirement for an adult in terms of vitamin C intake. 

 

This vitamin is an important antioxidant in the body, but is also required for building collagen, which is an important connective structure in the body.

 

Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.

 

Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.

 

Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.

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