Discover The Health Benefits Of Bananas

Introduction

I recently was sent to the ER only to discover that my potassium was low, it's amazing what low potassium can do to you. Anyway I know that Bananas are a great source of potassium so I decided to start eating them on a daily basis. Now this has started a great curiosity in me as to what other health benefits do Bananas have to offer us besides their good source of potassium. Now I have the answer.

Health Benefits

I was amazed at what I discovered Bananas can do for you. The list is huge, well by far larger than what I had expected anyway. This tasty fruit that can prove to be a delicious snack as well as healthy, can reduce the risk of strokes if someone takes it a part of a regular diet.

During times of stress, which I believe plenty of us go through these days, our potassium can get real low. Bananas offer us that potassium, which gives us a healthy way to balance those levels, making us feel great with out doing drugs. Bananas also contain tryptophan which is an aminoacid that can be converted into serotonin and can lead us to being in a better moon, aiding in depression.

The vitamin B content in this fruit may help with our nerve functions. This fruit is also a fruit that can help reduce acid in our stomachs as well as irritation. The fruit can also help rid of bacteria that may lead to ulcers in the stomach.

These fruits may be high in potassium but very low in sodium which is great for our blood pressure. Bananas are very healthy for our kidneys. It's proven that people who eat bananas as a regular part of their diet can lower the risk of kidney disease and cancer.

Bananas also help increase our body's ability to take in calcium so therefore they have healthy benefits for our bones as well. Bananas as well as any kind of fruit can help protect against vision loss.

They have a great a mount of fiber in them so they are healthy on our digestive system, including our colon. Preventing diarrhea and constipation, which seems to be another thing that is increasing among people today.

This yellow fruit is also high in iron content which in turn can aid in anemia, helping our hemoglobin function.

Last but not least, this one is an interesting little fact. A lot of people find that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on their mosquito bite will help relieve the itching. It can also reduce the swelling down.


Conclusion

Upon first researching Bananas I wasn't expecting to see that much. Yes, the Potassium levels of coarse and the Iron makes sense even. The mosquito bite was fascinating to learn about and so was all the other information on our digestive system and our kidney health. We need all the help we can get with our health now. I believe that we should try to be as healthy as possible, and why not start off with eating a banana?

Health facts
numbers
daily percent
Calories in one medium banana
110
 
Total Fat
0
0%
Potassium
450 mg
13%
Fiber
3 g
12%
Cholesterol
0
0%

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musclequest 4 years ago from Johannesburg,South Africa

I enjoy them a lot especially after a workout,its great to know the number of benefits.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great hub! Also, eat potatoes and red peppers - lots of potassium in those veggies also. Best of health to you!


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

musclequest, they are a great energy boost as well so I can imagine why you'd enjoy eating them after a work out.

suzettenaples, thank you for your advise, I sure will do that. Thank you for reading.


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shazwellyn 4 years ago from Great Britain

Bananas are the most nutritional and complete food on the planet. Thumbs up to bananas!


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Banana is a mood elevator and a very good remedy for constipation. This I know from my regular use and thanks for getting the other benefits of banana.

rated up and useful!


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada

The day after one of my surgeries I couldn't lift my arms, my head or my legs up; my body felt heavy and I felt as if I didn't have the strength to move at all; the reason? my potassium levels had dropped drastically. They gave me high doses of potassium for 24 hours and I could move again. I had no idea how potassium affects our body. Now that I know, I too eat bananas daily, and if I start experiencing a low blood sugar feeling I eat a banana right away and it fixes me up.

I didn't know the other benefits and really appreciate the info here.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

@shaz, agreed thumbs up to bananas, thank you for reading.

@dinkan, thank you for reading as well as for voting up.

@ eye say, I had no idea low potassium could cause the body to feel so terrible until it placed me in the hospital. Thank you for reading.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub full of good information. I should really eat one every day.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you writer 20, you should give it a shot! :)

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