Monday, September 18, 2006

Banana For Medical Uses

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana inthe same way again.Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantialboost of energy.Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy forstrenuous 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 andconditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst peoplesuffering 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 andgenerally make you feel happier.PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulatesblood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin inthe blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassiumyet 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 makeofficial claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressureand stroke.Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, andlunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that thepotassium packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restorenormal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting tolaxatives.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 thehelp of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milksoothes 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 bloodsugar 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 itamazingly successful at 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 Austriafound pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate andcrisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, toavoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levelsby snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disordersbecause of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit thatcan 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" fruitthat can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensuretheir baby is born with a cool temperature.Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers becausethey contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan. Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give upsmoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesiumfound 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 weare stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium bananasnack.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 offa wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with theyellow 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 itto an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, threetimes 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 bestvalue foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase sothat we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDSPS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will addone here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the bananaskin, and rub directly on the shoe.polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit


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