Health Benefits of Bananas

Many people enjoy bananas, but they also help to promote the healthy functioning of the human body…

 Health Benefits of Bananas

  • High Potassium content helps promote Cardiovascular Health
  • Natural antacid effects help soothe ulcers
  • Promote effective digestive function
  • Protect against vision loss as you age
  • Promote bone health through easier absorption of Calcium
  • May reduce risk of kidney cancer

High Potassium content helps promote Cardiovascular Health

Bananas are one of the best available sources of potassium, which has been cited as essential to maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.  A medium sized banana has about 475 mg of potassium and only about 1 mg of sodium, which makes the fruit nearly ideal for getting about 135% of the RDA (350 mg) without a lot of trouble.

Natural antacid effects help soothe ulcers

Bananas have long been recognized for their soothing effects on stomach acid production.  Bananas accomplish this through two mechanisms:

  • Bananas help activate the cells that make up the lining of the stomach encouraging them to produce a thicker coat of the protective mucous that lines the stomach to provide a barrier against the destructive effects of the stomach’s acid.
  • Bananas contain compounds known as protease inhibitors that help reduce populations of stomach bacteria linked with ulcers

Promote effective digestive functions

The pectin contained in bananas has been shown to normalize and regulate the movement of food through the digestive tract

Protect against vision loss as you age

Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E have been shown to reduce the onset of vision decline as humans age.  Since bananas are an excellent source of these vitamins, they may help delay vision decline as you age.  Ophthalmology studies have shown that 3 servings of fruit a day may delay the natural onset of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

Promote bone health through easier absorption of Calcium

Potassium has been shown to help counteract the urinary loss of calcium exacerbated by the high salt diets of many Americans, thus helping to avoid bone loss related to poor diet.  Green(er) bananas contain short chain fatty acids (SCFA) that are indigestible to humans but help promote the cellular health of the digestive tract itself.  Pectin in bananas helps increase nutrient absorption by the intestine.

May reduce risk of kidney cancer

Bananas contain high concentrations of antioxidant phenolic compounds which have been shown to reduce the risk of kidney cancer.

 

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