Bananas have been consumed excessively in the entire world in different dishes along with its different parts like stem and flower. Their popularity is because of their health benefits as well as taste. The role of bananas in weight loss, digestion is well known but their role in increasing heart health and prevention of strokes and heart attacks has been a recent interest of studies among researchers.

 Research carried out on mice with heart ailments by feeding them with bananas regularly have shown that bananas do show benefits in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes. The major reason behind the mechanism of prevention is that banana contains a high level of potassium which helps in protecting the arteries and veins from narrowing. However, some other high sources of potassium include parsnip, fishes, poultry which should also be consumed regularly.

Experiments with mice having a risk of heart attacks were incorporated regularly with potassium high low and deficient diets and their effects on their heart health were noticed giving a view that potassium does increase the heart health. Potassium intake led to prevention in stiffening of artery and veins in the samples.

But there lies a drawback in overeating of potassium-rich food which may lead to stomach ache, diarrhea, and nausea. NHS has given a directive on eating 3500 mg of potassium per day which the required daily allowance limit in the human body and it is equivalent to the consumption of 2 bananas per day. This should be complemented with other minerals rich food like potatoes, broccoli, sprouts, seeds, fish, and poultry.

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