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Going Bonkers For Bananas

You may never think about a Banana in the same way again after reading this. Bananas have three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose. These sugars combined with fiber, provide an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

In fact, research has proven that only two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90- minute workout. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

Energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help us to 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 bananas contain 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.
  • High Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat high blood pressure. So much so, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of high 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many illnesses, minor ailments and diseases. When you compare it to an apple, it has 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. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

So maybe its true -- maybe we can start saying "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"


If you would like some nutrition suggestions by someone who has been there and done that, please feel free to contact me:

Thanks for stopping by. If I can be of any assistance, please email me at:
alan@mrvitaherbs.com

Live well,

Alan Mowery, Mr. VitaHerbs
300 E-Business Way, Suite 200, PMB 2145
Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
Phone: 877-883-8313