The Benefits Of Bananas

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How can anyone go wrong with eating a banana? They are quick and easy to finish, taste great and provide a ton of health benefits! They are fat-free and a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber and manganese. Bananas provide energy in the form of sucrose, fructose and glucose; they are ideal for giving you a boost of energy throughout the day.

Vitamin B6 Benefits

  • Helps produce red blood cells (RBCs deliver oxygen to our tissues)
  • Helps metabolize amino acids, carbs and fats (say hello to improved weight loss)
  • Remove unwanted chemicals from our liver and kidneys (helps detoxify the body)
  • Helps maintain a healthy nervous system
  • Helps the body make serotonin which regulates our mood (low serotonin is linked to depression)
  • Helps the body make norepinephrine which helps our body cope with stress
  • Helps the body make melatonin which regulates our “internal clock” and sleep (proper sleep is crucial for a healthy mind and body)

Vitamin C Benefits

  • Helps the body better absorb iron (iron helps treat anemia, boosts hemoglobin, reduces fatigue, boosts immunity, improves concentration and restores sleep)
  • Helps the body produce collagen (collagen may ease joint point, reverse skin aging, help build muscle and may reduce cellulite!)
  • Helps the body produce serotonin (serotonin helps regulate social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire)

Manganese Benefits

  • Helps the body make collagen
  • Protects our cells against free radical damage (free radicals are a toxic byproduct of oxygen metabolism resulting in cell and tissue damage)

Potassium Benefits

  • Helps maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure
  • Decreases the risk of stroke
  • Protects against loss of muscle mass

Fiber Benefits

  • Helps prevent constipation, stomach ulcers and heartburn (fiber can lower the amount of acid in our stomach, helping prevent the formation of ulcers)

So what are you waiting for? Head to your local grocery store or fruit vendor and pick up a hand of bananas!

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