Bananas for medical uses

@ellie26 (4128)
Malaysia
October 23, 2007 2:51am CST
I got this in my email and thought that I pass it on to mylotters for information. If you have the time, read it: "Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!! This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas contain 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 perfect 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. Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (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 wor k 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 &Tobacco Use: 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. 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!"
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18 responses
• Philippines
23 Oct 07
I've read this before, and it's a good thing that banana is one of my favorite fruit!
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23 Oct 07
Clever things the lovely long yellow fruit!
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• India
23 Oct 07
I have already a craze for banana..and i eat a lot of bananas.. But still i have a high blood pressure, which must not be the case as told in the discussion. A lot of informative messages this topic contains.
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@packgirl4 (402)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I completely agree with this. I love bananas. I actually will get cravings for bananas if I have not eaten them for a while and after I have 1 I feel ten times better. My son eats anywhere from 1-3 bananas a day and ever since he started eating them like that he has only been sick once in the last 2 years while my friends kids are sick it seems all the time!!!
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@ailema4ever (2675)
• Finland
23 Oct 07
WOW!!! I didn't know this before. I know bananas are beneficial for us, but I didn't know that there are SO MANY benefits of this type of fruit. I'll make sure I buy bananas more often then he he he he...THX for sharing!
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• United States
23 Oct 07
Yes they are. i work out I eat a banana and when i get back I eat another one. it gives me all the enrgy i need..and this article confirms that im not crazy. It also helps me loose weight because i feel satisfied after eating it.
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• Finland
23 Oct 07
PERFECT fruit. It gives a good supply of energy and it helps you lose weight, too! ;-D
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 07
And it is a cheap way to maintain your health too!
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
25 Oct 07
These are very interesting facts. Maybe I should of eaten several bananas for my mood yesterday! thanks for sharing Ellie.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
25 Oct 07
You welcome, madddysmommy.
• United States
24 Oct 07
I think you are right. but why can't you put your banana in the "fridge"? i know my wife does not but my mother used to and my father always sang a song "don't put your bananas in the refrigerator!" and they would get into an arguement and my mother always kept them in the fridge...but my wife is from the Philippines and does not put the bananas in the fridge..but the banana peels are saved and she puts the peels around her rose bushes..as she was told this is a good to grow roses..her roses do look great...but she eats a lot of bananas and I don't but I think i will start eating them as I was not aware of all the health benefits..thank you for sharing...much health to you and yours
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
24 Oct 07
I dont know why we shouldn't put banana in the fridge, it must have a reason. Anyway, I didnt know that banana peels can be used as fertilizer for roses. I will try that one because I like growing roses too. Thanks for the added information.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 07
I have learnt a lot from your lengthy and valuable information about the benefits of eating bananas. Now I come to understand there are a lot of advantages of taking the wonderful fruits, though they are considered as the one of commonest fruit in our market. I never know, other than providing the normal nutrition of fruits in general, but they still could be so useful in many other respects, like regulating blood glucose levels which can affect our mood, relaxing and improving our mood, normalizing the heartbeat and many other wonders. I haven’t taken banana for quite some time. I think it is time for me to continue taking it regularly. Thanks a lot, my friend, for sharing such an informative article. Have a nice day and with best wishes.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
24 Oct 07
I am glad that it is of a benefit to you.
@skostov (39)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Way to go, from now on its only bananas! The only point that I doubt is the constipation one. I actually have heard that bananas contribute to constipation rather than alleviate it.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
24 Oct 07
I dont know about the constipation part but if you take banana plus some other fruits, probably constipation wont be a problem.
@infoguy (210)
• India
23 Oct 07
Thanks a lot for your useful tips...This was very informative
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
24 Oct 07
Ok.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
23 Oct 07
WOW!!! I never knew all that was in one banana! It truly is the super fruit. I will have to overcome my aversion to banana's. I dont know why, but ever since I was pregnant with my daughter I have not been able to eat a banana. They used to make me sick from the smell of them. So, I am going to try to eat more of them.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 07
Yes, a banana a day keep the sickness away!
@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 07
Thanks ellie26 for providing that fruit fruitful tips and I have bookmark this discussion page. Because I like to eat banana as I had just recovered from my gastric problem. And I enjoy it as my daily food intake. But those who experience gastric complication, please not to take it unless after the recovery. And again, thank you very much ELLIE26.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 07
You welcome. I also know that eating semi ripe bananas have the same effect on gastric problem. Try it.
@abi1005 (194)
• Philippines
23 Oct 07
i've read that at some newspaper somewhere. anyways, i think i will start eating bananas since i am experiencing mild depression lately. thanks for reminding me.. :)
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 07
Thats a positive move.
• India
24 Oct 07
wow tats a lot of new info i hav never heard of b4...thx a tis information..u r rite after reading tis v ll never look at banana the way v used to...
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
24 Oct 07
Banana Tree - Bananas can be helpful for a whole variety if conditions.
Thank you for this very interesting info. I bought some bananas this morning. I particularly encourage my 14 year old daughter to eat bananas, for the vitamins and because she is an elite athlete. For me, the mood enhancer aspect of bananas is good. For my husband, it is one of the few fruits he is not allergic to.
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@jazgottt (1181)
• Poland
24 Oct 07
hi ellie. I like bananas very much. I don't eat many fruits, but bananas are so delicious that I eat them often. But I didn't know that they are so healthy. I have heard that they contain a lot of natural sugars and potasium. And that's all. Now I have more reason to eat them;). take care. jazgottt
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@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
23 Oct 07
wow... thx for the infos... really informative and useful. Thanks God because I love banana LOL
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 07
Thanks for sharing this facts about banana. It is one of the easiest fruit to get over here and I believe most people take it for granted. It is a local fruit here as compared to apple and therefore, why spend extra on apples when you can get all the good stuffs from bananas.
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