Fruit Of The Week: Bananas

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Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to elders. Sports enthusiasts appreciate the potassium-power delivered by this high energy fruit.
Bananas are a great food for all round health benefits. The combination of carbohydrates and B vitamins present in a banana helps provide an energy boost which makes them great to eat 30 minutes before a workout, or even at breakfast to help boost energy at the start of every day. Bananas are a great source of B vitamins which the body NEEDS daily. They also contain vitamin C, A and high levels of potassium. The natural fiber in bananas also contributes to the many health benefits listed below.

Health Benefits of eating Banana

  • Healthy Bowels
  • Lowers Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Protection from strokes
  • Protection from ulcers
  • Boost energy
  • Helps reduce water retention

The effectiveness of potassium-rich foods such as bananas in lowering blood pressure has been demonstrated by a number of studies. In addition to these cardiovascular benefits, the potassium found in bananas may also help to promote bone health. Potassium may counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most Nigerians, thus helping to prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate. (high salts included in food, such as bouillon cubes)

Soothing Protection from Ulcers
Bananas work their protective magic in two ways: First, substances in bananas help activate the cells that compose the stomach lining, so they produce a thicker protective mucus barrier against stomach acids. Second, other compounds in bananas called protease inhibitors help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of stomach ulcers.

Improving Elimination
Bananas are a smart move if you suffer from elimination problems. A bout of diarrhea can quickly deplete your body of important electrolytes. Bananas can replenish your stores of potassium, one of the most important electrolytes, which helps regulate heart function as well. So it’s important to take a banana a day. Gives you energy and an excellent start of the day fruit.

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