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Yes, we hear that bananas have potassium, but did you know that potassium can also save your life?

Updated on May 15, 2011

Growing up, I was not much of a banana fan and did not like the way they tasted. I usually avoided them. Maybe it was because bananas are not a very sweet fruit. Little did I know, bananas are one of the most nutritious fruits out there. The banana's most famous claim is that it is high in potassium. When I ask my friends what potassium actually does, most of them admit that they do not know the answer, so here it is.

Potassium’s biggest health benefit is its maintenance of blood pressure.

If you, or someone you know, has high blood pressure, have them start eating bananas (or any of the other fruits and vegetables that I mention below) immediately. I understand that no fruit or vegetable is a true substitute for medicine, but some people say that eating fruits and vegetables high in this mineral do have normal blood pressure.

I now eat a banana or pear every day, so people who are on high blood pressure medicine should also eat bananas in conjunction with their medicine.

Potassium has electrolytes, so for those people who sweat a lot during exercise, potassium is good for you right after a workout.

Potassium helps sooth the pain and aches that come a day later for a strenuous workout. Potassium also helps release some stress. I eat a pear at the end of the day when I come home from work and because of the rush hour commute. I am a very impatient person in rush hour traffic and it really does stress me out. What is funny is that when I eat a fruit with high amounts of potassium in it, I seem to sleep better. If you are stressed out, this could be a good solution. Don't forget to exercise as well as exercise is also good for stress.

What other disease risks can Potassium also help with besides high blood pressure?

  • heart disease
  • hypoglycemia
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • kidney disease

In case you do not like the taste of bananas, here are other fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium.

  • pears,
  • broccoli
  • melons
  • spinach
  • avocados
  • some apples
  • beets
  • some citrus fruits
  • potatos
  • raisins
  • kiwi

There are other foods high in potassium, but this is a good list. I actually eat a cooked potato every day as well.

Here is another great hub that I found on the benefits of bananas: What are the benefits of Eating Bananas?

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      Bruce Chamoff 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Brinafr3sh, and you are welcome. I will read your hub about healthy foods as well. I appreciate people who share their health knowledge.

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      Brinafr3sh 

      7 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Thanks Hotwebideas, great article. I recently began eating bananas after I made a hub about bananas, as well. The name of that hub is "Healthy Foods for You." Voted up and very useful.

    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks, Barbara, I did not know that potassium is good for stomach flus. You learn something new every day.

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      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Bananas are usually the first solid food you feed a baby along with rice, because they are easy to digest. Potassium is also important when you've got the stomach flu, because your lose it.

      Great hub.

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