Subject: Bananas

 


This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in
the same way again.

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.

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.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely  high in potassium yet low in salt,
making it the perfect to beat _blood  pressure_
(http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=22&k=blood%20pressure) .  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
Ickenham (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.

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.

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 crisps. 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  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.

Smoking:
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 rebalanced 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%!

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. A  Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

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 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 its time to change that well-known phrase so that we 
say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"