Bananas - the miracle food

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 energ y for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the num ber one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy is n't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overc ome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According t o 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 bod y converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your moo d 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, bana nas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so hel ps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropic al fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it th e perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make offici al claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressur e and stroke

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlese x) 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 lear ning 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 th e 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 th e 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 sickne ss.

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 c alm 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 5,00 0 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more like ly to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar le vels 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. I t is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduce s 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 becauset hey contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking: 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, hel p 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 o ur 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 wa nt to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on th e wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place w ith 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 phospho rus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins an d minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best valu e foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrases that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"