Bananas are a delicious and contains many minerals that our body needs, including potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 etc.
It is one of the most fragrant and tasty fruits and contains few calories (a banana contains between 100 and 115 calories) making it a full snack mid morning or mid afternoon.
Another advantage is that they are excellent as food for athletes for their high potassium content. This mineral is used (among other things) to avoid cramps, very common ailment after practicing cardiovascular exercise every day.
The banana is a fruit that contains large amounts of protein and dietary fiber. The fiber creates a feeling of satiety. Moreover, no fat.
Despite being considered a very sweet fruit with a glycemic index (or glycemic) under because their sugars are complex and are slowly released into the body.
Bananas contain three natural sugars: sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives immediate and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 minutes. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s best athletes.
But energy is not 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 relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. Vitamin B6 regulates glucose levels in the blood, 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, that the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S. allowed the banana industry to officially inform the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain: about 200 students (Middlesex) school Twickenham (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 fruit is rich in potassium which 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 honey raises levels of blood sugar, while the milk soothes and rehydrates 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 the levels of sugar levels in the blood and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before using the cream for mosquito bites, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana peel, the result in 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 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 work in high pressure. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food is necessary to control sugar levels in the blood, carbohydrate-rich snacks every two hours.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smooth. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in chronic 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 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 The SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking and the consumption of snuff: Bananas can also help people trying to quit smoking. Vitamins B6 and B12 as well as potassium and magnesium, 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, which can be regulated with the help of bananas, rich in potassium.
Strokes: According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by 40%!
Warts: Those interested in natural alternatives swear that if you want to eliminate 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 is a natural remedy for many diseases. 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 most valuable foods. Maybe it’s time to change the famous phrase that says, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away”
PS: To polish your shoes, grab a banana peel and rub the inside directly on the shoe … then polish with a dry cloth. This fruit is truly incredible!