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Bananas... This is very interesting.
After read= ing this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again!
A bananas contains three natural sugars - sucrose, fruct= ose and glucose combined with fiber, and gives an instant, sustained and s= ubstantial boost of energy.
Research h= as proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90- minu= te 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 add to our daily diet.
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. =
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.<= /p>
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potass= ium yet low in salt, making it the 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 Twickenha= m (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bana= nas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learnin= g by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to mak= e a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, w= ith 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 m= eals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.<= /span>
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people fin= d it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.=
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervo= us system.
Over-weight and at work? Studies at the
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestin= al 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 other cultures see banan=
a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional
temperature of expectant mothers. In
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):<= span style=3D'font-size:14.0pt;color:black'> Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptop= han.
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magne= sium 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 balanc= e. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana.
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%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you wa= nt to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, w= ith the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster = or surgical tape.
So, a bana= na really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times t= he 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 its = time to change that well-known phrase to say, "A banana a day, keeps= the doctor away!"
PS: Bananas must be the
reason monkeys are so happy all