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Bananas – A Nutrient Powerhouse!

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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Before you peel that banana; take a moment to appreciate all its wonderful healthy qualities.

Each banana is full of Potassium, Folate and Vitamin B6 for your heart and bones. It also contains Vitamins A and C for protection. The banana is also packed with Fiber for regularity and Melatonin for adjusting your internal clock.

In fact, bananas are one of the foods selected to display the American Heart Association’s stamp of approval which is peachy-neato! This means that they meet the AHA’s standard for saturated animal fat and cholesterol because they have none!

Bananas are an inexpensive, wholesome fruit that even comes in its own germ-proof package. Even though it doesn’t matter a tinkers damn, bananas also contain only around 100 calories each.  Seriously though, bananas are essentially one of those ‘real’ foods that you can eat without guilt!

Banana Benefits:

  • Blocks Diarrhea
  • Controls Blood Pressure
  • Protects your Heart
  • Quiets a Cough
  • Strengthens Bones

Heart Diseases don’t like Bananas – By simply making them part of whole food rich diet, you can give heart disease the heave-ho.

Bottoms Out Blood Pressure
– If you have heart disease, you can send those blood pressure numbers into a nose-dive by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Along with no meats, it is the calcium in green leafy vegetables and the potassium in fruits likes bananas really make the difference.

Builds Better Bones
– You might not think a soft, curved fruit could keep your bones strong and straight, but bananas can do just that! This is in thanks to their high potassium content, which is a mineral your body needs in order to absorb calcium.

Here is how it works: Calcium needs Potassium. If you don’t have enough potassium, Calcium gets lonely and leaves your body. Even if you are drinking plenty of raw milk and eating a lot of dairy products and citrus, without enough potassium, you might not be getting all the calcium you need.

Researchers have found that elderly men and women who get lots of potassium have higher bone mineral density, which is a measure of bone strength. This means they are less likely to develop osteoporosis, which is a disease that makes healthy bones look like Swiss cheese. If you can eat potassium-rich foods every day, you will be well on your way to stronger bones. So, eat potatoes, raw milk, orange juice and bananas.

Bananas are good for babies too! They are often the first solid food given to infants. Bananas are easy to digest because they have no fat and very few babies are allergic to bananas. They are also one of children’s favorite snacks because of their taste and they meet the energy needs of the growing children.

Bananas are one of the best fruits to eat when attempting to lose weight. They are full of nutrients for increased energy and vitality. Bananas are also low in calories and fat, plus they have a high water content and potassium levels. A diet high in potassium foods and lower in processed foods can help reduce water weight.

So you see, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. In fact, bananas have an exciting nutritional story. One banana has the fiber, vitamin C and potassium we need every day for good all round health!  So eat along with an apple a day, why not throw in some daily banana power too?!

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