The Importance of Bananas

Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 12:13 PM

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Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. Potassium can be found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and even meats, however, a single banana provides you with 23% of the potassium that you need on a daily basis.
Potassium benefits the muscles as it helps maintain their proper working and prevents muscle spasms. In addition, recent studies are showing that potassium can help to decrease blood pressure in individuals who are potassium deficient. Potassium also reduces the risk of stroke.healthy diet fruits bananas
Bananas are also an excellent source of vitamins, including:
·   A - aids in healthy teeth, bones, soft tissue, and more
·   B6 - aids the body's immune system, promotes brain health, heart health, and more
·   C - aids in healing, growth of tissue, ligaments, and more
·   D - helps the body to absorb calcium
As you can see by the vitamins present, bananas aid in keeping the body healthy in a number of ways, but there is a major benefit to the bones and muscles in the human body.
Because bananas contain 41% of what you need each day in vitamin B6, you will find that eating bananas helps to increase your focus and mental acuity. In addition, bananas aid in vitality, which means that you will have more energy both mentally and physically. In fact, some studies show that bananas can help improve your mood whether you have the blues or are suffering from PMS.
Bananas are also an excellent food for people who want to lose weight. Although they are rather high in calories (200 per banana) and carbs (51 grams), they are a great source of energy. A banana eaten before a workout can provide you with the necessary energy to complete a longer workout.
Bananas provide you with many health benefits, but in addition to all of that, most people enjoy eating bananas as well. The can be eaten alone or combined with a fruit salad, added to jello, or made into a smoothie or a milkshake. They are one of the most affordable fruits in the marketplace and can be found year round nearly everywhere in the world!

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