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Health Benefits of Banana You May Not Know

by Dr. Gbenga Ogunfowokan

Aside being sweet soft and easy to eat, have you ever wondered what other goodness exists in bananas?

You also know it is rich in vitamins as many other fruits, right?

What vitamins are made available to you when you take a soft bite off a banana?

And what do these vitamins do to your body after you fill your stomach with bananas?

Let’s quickly look through a list of benefits you get every time you take a banana!

If you experience constipation, heartburn or ulcers, bananas can help you beat these gastrointestinal issues.

Bananas, especially newly-ripened ones, contain starch that does not digest (resistant starch) in your small intestine and is able to pass into the large intestine. Such bananas help you manage your weight better as you stay full for longer period of time.

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Medium-sized banana can provide your body with a vital component that helps produce new red blood cells, transform your carbohydrates and fat into energy for your days’ work, and remove unwanted toxic chemicals from your kidney and liver. This component in your banana is known as vitamin B6. When next you eat bananas, behind the sweetness and pleasure, see vitamin B6!

Vitamin B6 helps you maintain a healthy nervous system. This makes bananas very good for pregnant women as it helps meet their body development needs.

Medium-sized banana will provide about 10% of what you need daily to protect your body against cell and tissue damage, making your body absorb iron better. It helps your body produce collagen – the protein which holds your skin, bones and body together. This substance in every bite of your banana is called vitamin C.

Vitamin C helps support your brain health by producing serotonin, a hormone that affects our sleep cycle, moods, and experiences of stress and pain.

In your banana, is a substance that helps your body make collagen and protects your skin and other cells against free radical damage; this substance is Manganese and one medium-sized banana provides approximately 13% of your daily manganese needs. Very easy right?

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of energy. As such, bananas are ideal, office workers, business men, adults, children and athletes, for breakfast, as a midday snack or before and after physical exercises.

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BOTTOM LINE

Taking bananas daily is not just a sweet experience, meaning, It supplies far more than the pleasure you enjoy when eating- it is very healthy. Bananas are available within your reach and affordable too.

The next time you step out to buy fruits, make bananas top of your list…don’t miss out on the goodness that exists in bananas anymore!!!

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Dr. Gbenga Ogunfowokan

Dr. Gbenga is a Chief Family Medicine Consultant at National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria. He is enthusiastic about contemporary health technology and passionate about creative innovations especially the ones that promote healthcare in Africa.

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