The Benefits Of Bananas

By Anggita Friday, December 7, 2012

Banana is a fruit that easily met in a tropical climate region. In addition, the price is also relatively cheap compared to other fruits. However, you may not suspect that the banana was as simple fruit has a myriad of benefits, ranging from cardiovascular protection, maintaining eye health, bone repair, and prevent kidney cancer.

Cardiovascular Protection
Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium, an important mineral that maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. On average, bananas consisting of 467 mg of potassium and 1 mg sodium, can help prevent high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that high-fiber foods, such as bananas, helps liver disease. Throughout the 19 years of research shows that people who eat a lot of fiber, about 21 grams per day, had 12% less coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and 11% less than that which takes a little fiber (5 grams per day).

Maintain Healthy Eyes
When small, of course, tell your parents to eat carrots so many eyes remained good. However, as an adult, it looks like fruit is more important in maintaining eye health. The study consisted of 100,000 participants who were asked to consume fruits, vegetables, antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, and carotenoids to evaluate the formation of ARMD eye diseases, suggesting that consumption of vegetables, antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids are not associated with the disease. Meanwhile, consumption of fruits show protection against acute eye disease.

Improving Bone
Eating bananas regularly will help your body absorb calcium better. Bananas contain many fruktooligosakarida, which is a prebiotic or bacteria that are good for your colon. These bacteria produce enzymes and vitamins that improve absorption of nutrients and protect against malicious microorganisms. The body's ability to absorb calcium is also getting better, so good for the bones. In addition, it also reduced the risk of colon cancer.

Healthy Kidney
Research of the International Journal of Cancer suggests that the consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, regularly and being able to protect the body. Study of 13.4 years with a population consisting of 61.000 women aged 40-76 showed that women who ate more than 75 fruits and vegetables per month (or 2.5 per day) cut the risk of kidney cancer by 40%. Among other fruits, pisanglah the most protective.

A few tips:
● Eat a banana as the fruit is really ripe, because the ripe fruit, the higher the level of antioxidants as well. (Research University Innbruck Austria)
● If you want to speed up the ripening process, then put a banana in a paper bag or wrap in newspaper
● In addition to be eaten plain or a salad, sandwich or banana crepes with peanut butter and honey is also a delicious meal. In addition, you can also serves it in a way cut up and put into your oatmeal breakfast.

Source: World Healthiest Foods
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