There are many articles about how eating fruits and vegetables can improve your health, mainly because they contain large amounts of dietary fiber (which is often lacking in modern diets). Don't worry, this is not one of those articles.
We'd like to focus your attention on two specific fruits: the humble banana and the slightly more exotic avocado. They are both tasty and interesting to eat, and they can do more than just keep your digestive system clean.
What makes them so important to your health? It's the potassium and magnesium they contain. Here's what you really need to know.
Bananas Are A Rich Source Of Potassium
Potassium is really important for your overall health. You'll find that potassium salts help all of our muscles work properly and they can be key to preventing both dehydration and muscle cramps. Potassium may also have another, bigger, benefit as we will soon see.
Avocados Are Great For Magnesium
Magnesium has more than 300 different uses in the body! One of the best possible dietary sources of magnesium is the avocado. This is brilliant news, because avocados are so flexible in cooking and so tasty! Magnesium also helps regulate calcium in the body.
Calcium Can Be Bad For You
We often hear how calcium is good for nails and bones, but we don't often hear about the consequences of calcification. That is the build-up of calcium where it doesn't belong (in the blood vessels, tissues, and organs).
Arteriosclerosis Is Calcification In Action
Arteriosclerosis probably sounds familiar. That's because it's associated with heart disease. It is the hardening of the artery which prevents the free flow of blood through the body which then causes what doctors call "cardiovascular morbidity," but which us ordinary folks call "fatal heart attacks." This is calcification at work in the arteries.
Magnesium And Potassium Work Together To Regulate Calcium
A new study from the National Academy of Sciences shows that potassium and magnesium appear to work together to prevent calcification. Previous studies had already proven a link between low levels of potassium and heart and kidney disease, but the new study shows that additional magnesium may have even more beneficial effects than increasing your potassium levels by themselves.
Bananas And Sugar Warnings
You may have been avoiding fruit because you've heard it's a natural source of sugars, and you are not wrong. However, while you don't need to eat more than one banana a day, the sugar in bananas does not raise your glycemic index and the digestive-resistant starch in a banana can help with insulin sensitivity, too.
Bananas And Your Kidneys And Blood Pressure
Bananas are also linked to a much lower risk of developing kidney stones, and there is also a growing body of evidence that suggests they may also help with lowering your blood pressure. Many of these benefits are linked to the potassium in bananas.
Avocado Has A Wonderful Vitamin Profile
Avocados are great for vitamins. A single avocado contains half of our recommended daily fiber intake as well as more than a quarter of our Vitamin C, B6, K, and recommended folate intake. That's a lot of punch in a single serving.
Magnesium AND Potassium
While avocados do not contain quite as much potassium as bananas do weight for weight, one avocado still provides more than 25% of our daily potassium requirement. They also supply 14% of our daily magnesium needs, making them the perfect source of both minerals.
How To Eat Them For Maximum Benefits
We like to mix our bananas into smoothies, but you can also slather them in an organic raw nut butter and just snack on them.
Avocados, on the other hand, we prefer in sandwiches and salads. Slice them up and mix them with other healthy options including poached eggs for maximum taste.
Bananas and avocados taste even better when you know what they may be doing for your heart.