Amazing Bananas

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Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose
and glucose – combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and
substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide
enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the
number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only
way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial
number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Amazing Bananas

Depression: According to a recent survey
undertaken by Mind, amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much
better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a
type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax,
improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin
B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate
the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so help in cases of anaemia.

Blood pressure: This unique tropical fruit is
extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood
pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s
ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain power: 200 students at a Twickenham
(Middlesex) school in England were helped through their exams by eating bananas
at breakfast, break and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has
shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more
alert.

Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas
in the diet can help restore normal bowel movement, helping to overcome the problem
without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing
a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana
calms the stomach and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar
levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid
effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for
soothing relief.

Morning sickness: Snacking on bananas between
meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect
bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin.
Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that
help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of
Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food
like chocolates and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found
the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report
concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our
blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep
levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food
against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is
the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases.
It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of
the stomach.

Temperature control: Many cultures see bananas
as a cooling fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature
of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to
ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Bananas can
help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smokers and tobacco use: Bananas can also help
people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12, they contain, as well as the
potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects
of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which
helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your
body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby
reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high
potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in the New
England Journal of Medicine,
eating bananas as part of a regular diet can
cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40 per cent!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives
swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and
place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin to the
place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you
compare it with an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate,
three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the
other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the
best value foods around. So, maybe, it’s time to change that well-known phrase
so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

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