Banana Bonanza!

My niece Jane sent this & there is so much good info here that I am just passing it along.
I may have to edit it once I see it on my actual site, so don’t panic if you see changes as
you are reading it.  Also, some of the sentences did not line up correctly and my Word
Press program can’t fix it because I cut & pasted it from my email.
Photos are from the Internet. es
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.
Read on:

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.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
It can also help us 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 better after eating a banana. This
is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein the body converts
into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood, and generally
make you happier.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-
minute workout. No wonder the banana is the #1 fruit with the world’s athletes.

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 that the US Food &
Drug Admin. 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 (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 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 sugar levels up
and avoid  morning sickness.

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Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the
inside of a banana skin. Many people have found this amazingly successful at reducing 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 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 only the 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 & regulates the body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises,
thereby reducing 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 lace 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!”


PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here;
want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly
on the shoe…polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit

2 thoughts on “Banana Bonanza!

  1. ellen sue:

    Thanks for sharing. I make smoothies every morning and always use a banana, along with strawberries, peanut butter and whatever else is on hand.

    Thanks again,

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