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Blog: The Power of a Banana!

Why eating a banana a day will help you in more ways than you might think. Eat up!

Bananas should be renamed the magic fruit. They are truly magic in the power they have to help your body. They are the "miracle pill" you are looking for!

Bananas are packed full of nutrients to help satisfy your body in many different ways. Bananas contain Vitamins A, B and C along with folates, riboflavin and niacin. They are also very high in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. Bananas are popular among athletes because of their power pack of nutrients along with the amount of energy they give you.

Bananas are high in natural sugars. People tend to steer clear of bananas because of this, but these sugars are natural and healthy and are needed to help with energy levels. These sugars consist of sucrose, fructose and glucose and with the fiber a banana consists of they give you the quick energy you need while keeping you feeling satisfied for a long period of time. Bananas actually have a low glycemic index of on average of 52 so they don't spike your insulin levels as most people might think. Two bananas can power you through a 90 minute workout!

Bananas have amazing healing powers and can help you with many different ailments you may have. Some of the wonderful health benefits of our little yellow friends are:

1. They help to fight cancer through the Lectins they have. Lectins have been linked to reducing cancer in humans.
2. Constipation can be solved with bananas instead of using laxatives. The high fiber will help restore normal bowel function.
3. The Vitamin B6 in a banana will help with PMS symptoms by regulating your blood sugar levels.
4. The iron in bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood helping to prevent anemia.
5. Depression can also be regulated by bananas because they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin which helps your mood.
6. Bananas help with regulating your blood pressure because of its high content of potassium and it is low in sodium.

Other ailments bananas can help you with are tummy problems, skin irritations, lack of concentration, strokes, warts, cold sores, intestinal problems, nausea, ulcers, craving for sweets, headaches, inflammation, heartburn and hot flashes.

Bananas act as a natural medicine and everyone should consume at least one a day! With all these wonderful benefits how can you not. If you are not a fan of bananas try them in smoothies to help mask the taste a bit and see if you can somehow get them into your diet.

With all the wonderful benefits this fruit has it is also easy to consume. They don't make a mess, you can find them in any grocery store, and they are easy on the go. Bananas are truly the magic fruit, so pick some up today at your local grocer and buy organic whenever you can!

Jessica Unbewust
co-owner
ferrum fitness

resources:
The Thinking Blog
The Experts Column

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