Did you know that there was an official Banana Day this week? Well, in honor of that, I want to share with you some tips and info about bananas you may not be aware of. As I sat in a doctor’s office one day, I noticed they had take-home sheets about all the great benefits of bananas. And now I finally have the opportunity to share!
Bananas contain three natural sugars-sucrose, fructose, & glucose. Combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. 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! Energy isn’t the only way bananas can help keep us fit. Read on for more tips and benefits from the great banana. You may never look at bananas the same again!
Depression: 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 vitamins 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 help in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: The banana is extremely high in potassium, yet low in salt, making it the perfect food to beat blood pressure.
Brain Power: Research has shown that the potassium-packed banana can assist learning by making students more alert!
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in your 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 rehydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect on the body. If you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals can help keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito Bites: Before reaching for creams or sprays, 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.
Ulcers: The banana is sometimes used as a dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It neutralizes over acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Smoking: Bananas may help people who are trying to give up smoking. Vitamins B6 and B12, as well as potassium and magnesium found in bananas, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain, and regulates your body’s water balance. When stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be regulated with the help of the high potassium banana.
Snacks: Eating bananas as a part of a regular diet may cut the risk of death strokes by as much as 40%!
Bananas are a natural remedy for many ills! Compared to an Apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorous, and five times the vitamin A and iron. And of course, it is rich in potassium. No wonder there is now an official banana day! Wow!
(*Of course, I am not a doctor. Therefore, I have not researched or tested all of these claims! But I do eat bananas, and I don’t suffer from heartburn, high blood pressure, constipation, morning sickness, ulcers, etc…!)