Health benefits of bananas


Old 11-05-05, 09:11 AM
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Exclamation Health benefits of bananas

Wasn't entirely sure where to post this . I did put it in dieting and weight loss too.

After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a
banana in the same way

Bananas Containing three natural sugars -
sucrose, fructose and glucose
combined with fiber, 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.

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.

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

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the
production of hemoglobin in the
blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high
in potassium yet low in
salt, making it the perfect way 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
were helped through
their exams this year 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.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet
can help restore normal
bowel action, helping to overcome the problem
without resorting to

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.

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

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.

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
chocolate 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.

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 other 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.

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.

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 rebalanced with the help
of a high-potassium
banana snack.

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%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for
many ills. When you compare
it to an apple, it has four times the protein,
twice the carbohydrates,
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
its time to change that
well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a
day keeps the doctor
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Old 11-07-05, 03:31 PM
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I hate bananas but it may cure my depression!PMS!Need for brain power, Constipation , Mosquito bites and smoking...

Hmmm...what if I drink a lot of lava flows?

Thanks for the info!!!
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Bananas are best sliced up in pudding - only I think it tends to make my belly swell
Old 11-16-05, 04:11 PM
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Every morning, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 banana, 1% milk in blender. Sometimes some strawberries.
Try it, you'll love it!!!
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Delicious recipe you got there. I tried it today to replace my banana slices topped with Choco syrup
Old 11-18-05, 08:15 AM
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how much milk? a cup?
Old 11-18-05, 10:05 PM
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Annette, one cup is perfect. It really expands so you will get a big glass full. Blend on low speed to not get so much air.
Thanks for the reminder, I'm going to have one now.
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JW I agree with your signatue (5 cups coffee a day)
If I don't have 3 cups, I don't tremor properly although 4 cups make me toss and turn at my desk.
Old 11-21-05, 12:00 PM
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They are also really good wrapped in bacon and fried but I suppose that kinda defeats the health bennfits somewhat. However they are also great on cereal.

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