Benefits of eating a banana

Banana  - Benefits of eating it
@minfas (878)
Sri Lanka
March 20, 2009 1:25am CST
From a mail i got A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression 'going bananas' is from the effects of bananas on the brain. 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. [b] Depression:[/b] 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 ma k e 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 ( England ) 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 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. 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!' I know it is too long ...even i didn't read all when i received it
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
Hi minfas dear! haha..Well, I read it all! Thank you for sharing this information. I am glad that even though I really am not aware of the complete health benefits I get from bananas, I regularly eat bananas especially my husband. We do have fruits everyday and bananas are regularly present in my fruit basket because they are very affordable here. Take care and blessings to you. lovelots..faith
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@minfas (878)
• Sri Lanka
20 Mar 09
I even got a mail highlighting the benefits of eating an apple. I will post that when i get time to type.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
That will be great dear minfas! I do love reading informative things especially about health benefits that we can derive from fruits, etc.. lovelots..faith
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@winterose (39899)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
bananas are absolutely wonderful and l love them, they are also very cheap compared to other fruits and that is very important to me.
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@minfas (878)
• Sri Lanka
20 Mar 09
That is right. It is cheap that anyone can afford yet it is high in benefits.
@ajithlal (14613)
• India
21 Mar 09
Thanks for the information. I agree with you eating bananas are really good for health. I eat banana occasionally. I think I should eat banana more after reading the benefits of the banana.
@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
21 Mar 09
yes,,that true i always eat banana..for good health
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@my125125 (821)
• Malaysia
21 Mar 09
Thank you for share this great information with us, this is very good to know that bananas got so many benefits that I do, and I am glad that bananas is one of my favorites fruit.
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@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
21 Mar 09
This is excellent. I knew bananas were good for you, but didn't know to what extent. We definitely will be buying more bananas from now on. Also eating bananas adds potassium to your system. To low of potassium can cause a stroke. If you get the diarrhea, your potassium levels drop fast. So eating bananas help to bring your potassium levels back up naturally.
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
thanks for sharing these tidbits about bananas. i love eating bananas and i love it more now and will try to buy bananas a lot and stock them at home. i fervently hope my boyfriend will stop smoking so i will make him eat lots of bananas haha. and i will try it on warts. thanks! =)
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@MZKUMA (705)
• United States
21 Mar 09
What an interesting post. I did not know a banana was packaged with so many benefits. I will share one that helps with me. When I have cramps/charlie horses in my legs I eat a banana and that helps me a lot. Thanks for sharing this. I will have to read this again.
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@ada547612 (203)
• China
21 Mar 09
Thank you let me know so much about the benefits of bananas, but I also know that to do with the banana facial mask, body membrane, the skin is also very good, but the effect is obvious. Therefore, bananas but a good thing!
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• United States
21 Mar 09
I read an article on Yahoo about bananas. Every since I turned 30 I have been reading articles and doing research on keeping my body healthy. Yes, bananas have great powers. I know that sound dorky or stupid, but I have read the same thing about bananas. Here is the truth...When I eat crappy stuff like burgers, fries, candy, chips, etc...I feel down, sluggish, depressed, fatigued, and my brain doesnt work as well. I have anemia, which a lot of women do, so sometimes I blame my poor feeling on that. But when I eat fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries, and blueberries (some of my fav fruits) I actually feel better. My mood is better, i am not as irritable, my energy level is better and my depression is gone. Vegetables also have the same effect. People dont really realize the benefits of eating healthy. We hear it all the time "eat fruits and veggies to be healthy", but it doesnt really sink in. People are still stuffing their faces with garbage food. Me included. Sometimes I go on a junk food binge and believe me, I really can tell the difference. Then I go back to eating right and I feel good. The problem is, is that junk food taste sooooo darn good and I love to eat it...Oh well, at least half the time I do good.
@gxyywhyzy (450)
• China
21 Mar 09
i like eating banana,my baby likes too.my little baby eats one banana every day between breakfast and lunch.i offten eat one before going to bed,sometimes my husband eats one also.besides,we offten apples and tomatoes and oranges,at late summer and early autumn,i usually eat cucumbers and it is my favorite fruit.
@gracypure (530)
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
Like you, i also did a research about benifits of eating bananas and of course i found out that banana is really an exceptional fruit. Your post is too long to read but i would say this worth it for reading cause it contains useful information's, in fact i wouldn't be contented by just reading this post, i need to copy and paste this for me to read it again if have spare time. Thanks for sharing.
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Wow! Who would have thought that a banana could be so good for your body??? That was a very informative post. Too bad I can't eat a whole banana because I am diabetic, so half is all I am allowed as it tends to make my blood sugar rise. My grandson loves them and would eat them all day if his mom and dad would let him. He does eat about 3 a day. Now we know where he gets all that energy...I also heard a banana and a glass of milk would help you sleep better.
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@Archie0 (4667)
20 Mar 09
Lol it is indeed too long but i did read it not fully but everything little. By the way i know one more that banana contains high amounts of potassium and helps in increasing the calcium content in people who need calcium.it helps in increaing weight, thats why i was a bit shocked when i read that it is eaten by obese people to loose weight something..i think may be i am mistaken because i know banana helps to gain weight
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• United States
20 Mar 09
Yup, bananas are good for us. I like them in cereal and in banana pudding. My mom buys them every time she goes shopping. She likes them because they have potassium in them.
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• United States
20 Mar 09
I love banana's, ever tried a banana sandwich made with peanut butter or cut up a banana & put it on bread that has mayonnaise on each slice. I love the banana & peanut butter sandwich the best....so yummy!!!!
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@drdivu (1011)
• India
20 Mar 09
cool.. i wil forward it as mail for myself..i myself m banana hogger never realising its benefit..!! I eat more than 6 bananas at one ago..!! thanks for such informative posts..rating for u too..!! happy mylotting..
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@jpso138 (7865)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
Wow, this is definitely a great information. I do eat banana from time to time. It is readily available in our place and the good thing is, it is not so expensive like other fruits. Well, this information will certainly make me want it more.
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
20 Mar 09
All this is great news because I love bananas. However, here in Port of Spain, Trinidad, there's a guy who sells banana punches in town that are so delicious I can hardly resist them. Good to know all this stuff about bananas, though, here in the Caribbean these fruits are everywhere and now I'll be munching them even more.
@youless (98212)
• Guangzhou, China
20 Mar 09
banana - banana is a very healthy fruit
Wow! You really provided us the great details of the benefits of eating bananas. Thanks for your sharing:) I love China
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