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¬† better.
Forget¬† the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it¬† contains regulates blood glucose levels, which¬†¬† can affect your¬† mood.
High¬† in iron, bananas can stimulate the¬† production of hemoglobin in the blood and¬† so helps in cases of¬† anemia..
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.
200 students at a¬† Twickenham (Middlesex¬† England ) 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¬† laxatives.
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¬† relief.
Snacking¬† on bananas between meals helps to keep blood¬† sugar levels up and avoid morning¬† sickness
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.
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 and 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¬† from 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 it‚Äôs¬† time to change that well-known¬†¬† phrase so that we say, 'A banana a¬† day keeps the doctor away!'¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†