The Banana’s Role in Beating Hepatitis C
Based on their vitamin and mineral content, bananas can be beneficial for the following conditions:
- Hypertension – Bananas’ high potassium content aids in vasodilation, which reduces blood pressure.
- Muscle Cramps – Bananas’ magnesium content helps muscle cells relax, which can prevent muscle cramps.
- Diarrhea Support – Electrolytes like potassium are lost in large quantities during bouts of diarrhea. The fiber in bananas helps astringe diarrhea and replenish potassium levels.
These health benefits make bananas a nutritious food, but do not make them an antiviral substance. Although killing viruses has never been a characteristic of bananas, drug researchers have nearly met this goal.
Not a fan of eating bananas on their own? Try mixing a banana into a delicious smoothie recipe with Natural Wellness’ UltraNourish. From an Apple, Banana, Nutter Smoothie to a Chocolate Peppermint Green Smoothie, there are tons of healthy recipes to choose from that include bananas in the ingredient list!
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