Is Banana a fruit or a Herbal Medicines??
December 22, 2006 1:05am CST
Bananas: Conataining three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has just proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenous 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 banana can help us keep fit. It can also help us overcome or prevent a substantial number of illness and conditions, making it a must to add to our diet. Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amonst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas conatain tryptophan, a type of protein that xbody converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve our mood and generally make you feel happier. PMS: Forget the pills- eata banana. the vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect yuor 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 blodd pressure. So much so, The US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make officials claims for the fruits ability to reduce the risk of the 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 more 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. Hangover: One of the quickest way 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 has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. Morning Sickness: Snacking a bananas between mealas help 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 hig in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. Overwheight 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. reserachers found the most obese were more likely to be in more hig-pressure jobs. That 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 againts intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit 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 bananasto 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, send oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we our stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can eb re-balanced 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 adn 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 alsp 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".