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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The Benefits Of Strawberries

Basket full of strawberries

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I recently rediscovered the sweet taste of strawberries! After washing them with water, their sweet taste made my taste buds high on life! Apparently, strawberries originated in Europe in the 18th century! They are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, folate, potassium, antioxidants and fiber.

Vitamin C Benefits

  • May reduce the risk of chronic diseases
  • May help battle high blood pressure
  • Potentially lowers heart disease risk
  • Could reduce blood uric acid levels and help prevent gout

Manganese Benefits

  • May improve bone health
  • Has strong antioxidant properties
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Plays a role in blood sugar regulation

Folate (Vitamin B9) Benefits

  • Makes red and white blood cells in the bone marrow
  • Converts carbs into energy
  • Produces DNA and RNA

Potassium Benefits

  • Decreases the risk of stroke
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Protects against loss of muscle mass
  • Preserves bone mineral density
  • Reduces the formation of kidney stones

Antioxidant Benefits

  • Help stop the damage caused by free radicals (free radicals contribute to aging and play a role in cancer, diabetes and heart disease)

Fiber Benefits

  • Improves digestive health
  • Useful for weight loss

Anthocyanins Benefits

  • Good for heart health

Ellagitannins and Ellagic Acid Benefits

  • Fight bacteria
  • Reduce the risk of cancer (by fighting oxidative stress and inflammation)

Overall, eating strawberries may improve heart health and help prevent cancer! They may also reduce inflammation, improve vascular function, and reduce LDL (bad cholesterol).

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