Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Health Benefits of Bananas

ENERGY: Bananas contain 3 natural sugars combined with fiber, giving you an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. This may be why bananas are the number one fruit among athletes.
DEPRESSION: Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein your body converts into serotonin, known to make you feel relaxed and happier. If you are feeling down, try eating a banana.
PMS: Bananas contain vitamin B6, which helps regulate blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
ANEMIA: Bananas are high in iron, and can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood.
BLOOD PRESSURE: Bananas are extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect for reducing high blood pressure and risk of strokes.
BRAIN POWER: Research has shown that students who eat a banana before a test performed better and remained more alert.
HEARTBURN: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, making it a great cure for heartburn.
MORNING SICKNESS: Bananas keep blood sugar levels up in between meals, helping avoid queasiness.
MOSQUITO BITES: Rub the inside of a banana peel on insect bites to soothe irritation and reduce swelling.
STRESS: Potassium in bananas can help normalize heartbeat, send oxygen to the brain and regulate the body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
ULCERS: Because of it's soft texture and smoothness, the banana is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without irritating chronic ulcers. It also neutralizes acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
WARTS: Some people say that if you place a piece of banana skin on a wart and hold it in place with surgical tape the wart will go away!
Bananas have 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 than an apple.
I think I'm going to start eating more bananas!!

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