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Bananas are a convenient snack for humans, easy grab on the way out the door. They are known to be healthy and beneficial for humans, the good news are, they are just as beneficial for dogs, though they need to be given in moderation.
Domesticated dogs have become omnivorous, meaning they have evolved to be able to digest vegetables and fruit as well as meat.
Banana-based treats are a great addition to a balanced diet, as they are low in cholesterol, sodium and fat. They are also excellent sources of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium.
Fibre is a vital nutritional component, as without fibre the guts would not effectively work. Fibre regulates the water balance between the guts and the blood. If there is too much water in the guts, it will stimulate the body to absorb some into the blood, and vice versa, if there is too little water in the guts, it will stimulate the body to transfer water back into the guts. Due to this, the stools should stay consistent and the dog comfortable.
Vitamin C is a vitamin which improves the immune system. It does this by readying the white blood cells to fight infections, as well as having antioxidant properties which protect cells from destructive free radicals. Vitamin C also can also help keep blood pressure low to aid in prevention of heart disease.
Vitamin B6 helps to produce haemoglobin which is a component of red blood cells that carries oxygen all around the body. It is also a co-enzyme, which works with over 100 different enzyme reactions to metabolise fats, sugar and proteins in the blood.
Manganese is a mineral which is important to the body. It is involved in many different processes including calcium absorption, blood sugar regulation, carbohydrate metabolism, bone formation and production of blood clotting-factors. In addition to all these benefits, it supposedly aids intense dogs to calm down.
Finally, potassium is an extremely important electrolyte found in bananas. Potassium is used during muscle contractions, especially for the most important muscle in the body; the heart. By ensuring the body has enough potassium, it will help keep the heart beating in a regular rhythm. Potassium is also involved in the conduction of signals along nerves to and from the brain.
Due to all these beneficial properties, bananas can be very healthy for dogs, as long as they are given in moderation as they are high in sugar, and they are popular to be given as an occasional treat.