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Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
November 8, 2013
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We think the monkeys are on to something...

Not only are bananas portable, delectable, and affordable, they are also quite applaudable–this fruit is really good for you! Smart monkeys!


Bananas are good for your heart and nerves: Bananas contain a high dose of potassium – an essential ingredient to keep your heart and nervous system in good shape. Some studies have also linked low potassium intake to high blood pressure and increased risk of stroke. In fact, most Americans don’t get enough potassium in their diet.

Bananas are good for your kidneys and bones: Benefits to the kidneys and the bones are again due to the high potassium content of bananas. A normal intake of potassium suppresses calcium excretion in the urine and minimizes the risk of kidney stones. Also, for the same reason (suppression of calcium excretion) it minimizes the loss of calcium from the body, thereby reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Bananas can act as mood enhancers or mild sedatives: Bananas contain tryptophan. Tryptophan helps the body to produce serotonin, which has a calming effect on the brain (creates a stable mood) and acts as a mild sedative. The only way our bodies get tryptophan is through our diet – it does not produce tryptophan naturally.

Bananas are good for your blood: Bananas are one of the highest sources of naturally available vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 plays an important role in converting tryptophan to serotonin, and also helps the body to make hemoglobin – a crucial ingredient of the blood. Vitamin B6 is also essential for antibody production and maintaining a healthy immune response. Even more, B6 helps to convert carbohydrates to glucose (and helps maintain proper levels of blood sugar).

Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber: A single serving (one medium sized banana) delivers 16% of the daily recommended dietary fiber intake for a normal adult – that’s quite substantial for a single serving of any food. Fiber improves laxation (easy bowel movements, nice!) and fiber-rich diets have been linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Indulge in a ‘nanner or two daily…