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Health Benefits of Bananas
Food & Drink
Today I’m going to talk about the health benefits of bananas–yes, bananas! There are those who demonize this lowly fruit; stating it is loaded with too many carbs. Yes, there are carbs in the banana, but the benefits outweigh any negatives. So, here are just a few reasons to persuade you to start eating this healthy fruit!
Bananas are a wholesome, delicious, healthy addition to your diet. Here are some common issues bananas can help with:
Depression:A recent survey 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, which is found in bananas, 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.
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 have 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: Students who were helped through their exams by eating bananas at breakfast, break and lunch felt a boost in their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. (of course classical music also boosts your brain!)
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 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.
Stressed at work?Studies have shown that if you are stressed at work, the stress often leads to gorging on comfort foods like chocolate and potato chips. Researchers have found that obese people were usually in high – pressure jobs. The researchers found 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. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over chronicler cases. The banana 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. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 vitamins found in bananas, along with 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 rebalanced with the help of a high – potassium banana snack.
Strokes: Researchers have found that having bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes as much as 40%!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ailments. In comparison 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 it’s time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
Suggestion: Go eat a banana!
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