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The Many Health Benefits of Banana: Protect Your Health in More Ways than One

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Are you aware that bananas are considered to be one of the world’s best ‘superfoods’? Well, if you haven’t learned about all the health benefits of bananas yet, you should definitely read this article from beginning to end. For all you know, it may be all you need to enjoy a longer and healthier life!

As mentioned in our previous post ‘3 Banana Health Benefits You Definitely Should Know About‘, eating a banana or two every day may help improve your cardiovascular health, keep your kidneys healthy and give you stronger bones. However, the health benefits of banana don’t just end there. Adding bananas to your daily Mediterranean diet can help promote better health in more ways than you can ever begin to imagine.

The Health Benefits of Banana

Bananas are among the world’s top superfoods for a lot of good reasons. Here are some of them:

Adding bananas into your diet can help promote better digestive health. Bananas are recognized for their ability to promote better digestive health so it should definitely be added into the diet of those who are suffering from stomach ulcers and other digestive disturbances. Bananas contain substances that help promote the thickening of the intestinal lining thereby making it more resistant to the damaging action of stomach acids. It can also control and eliminate the population of ulcer-causing bacteria in the stomach. Additionally, bananas can help soothe the symptoms associated with heartburn and digestive disturbances such as constipation and diarrhea.

Adding bananas into your daily Mediterranean diet can help prevent certain cancers. By making bananas a part of your daily diet, you can significantly reduce your risk of colorectal and breast cancer. It can also reduce your risk of developing renal cell carcinoma.

Bananas can be good for your brain. Research indicates that the potassium and vitamin B6 content of this fruit can help students stay more alert and get better scores in their exams. Additionally, a research published in the July 2006 issue of the journal Neurology gave strong indications that vitamin B6 may help reduce the incidence of Parkinson’s disease and dementia among smokers. Well, as you probably know by now, bananas are a rich source of this nutrient so it really pays to add a banana or two to your daily diet.

It can help protect your eyesight. According to a report published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, eating three (3) servings of fruit per day can help reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration by as much as 36%. Isn’t this quite a delicious way to preserve your vision?

It can help prevent anemia. Bananas are rich in iron, the nutrient needed in the production of red blood cells.

Bananas can give you a significant energy boost. Bananas contain significant amounts of glucose, sucrose and fructose. These natural sugars can provide you with tremendous amounts of energy so it is considered to be an excellent snack option for athletes. Research showed that you can have enough energy to get you through a strenuous 90 minute exercise routine by eating two medium-sized bananas before your workout.

It can help prevent leg and muscle cramps. Muscle and leg cramps can be triggered by hypokalemia, a condition wherein the potassium level in the body drops quite significantly. People who are most prone to this condition include those who are suffering from kidney diseases, eating disorders and magnesium deficiency. People who are taking antibiotics and diuretics are also at a higher risk of suffering from this condition. Now, since bananas contain significant amounts of potassium, people suffering from such conditions shouldn’t fail to add it to their daily diets.

With the many health benefits of banana, there really is no reason why you should not start adding it to your daily Mediterranean diet, don’t you think so?

Start eating bananas for better health,
Ray Baker