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01 July 2010 :: 14:07:22 pm 28037

Bananas & Their Amazing Health Benefits

Bananas are an amazing source of health benefits that are by far higher than any other fruit, including the apple. Bananas contain three natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose and along with fibre which gives an instant boost of energy. Two bananas give enough energy for a vigorous 90 minute workout.
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Bananas can help to prevent and improve numerous conditions and illnesses. Tryptophan, is a type of protein that the body converts to serotonin, known to relax and improve moods swings, making you a happier person. This is found in the banana that can help ease Seasonal Affective Disorder or depression. Bananas are very high in iron and so can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood helping in cases of anaemia. According to results from research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating a banana as part of a regular diet can lower the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40 per cent.

Potassium is a vital mineral which helps normalise the heartbeat, sending oxygen to the brain and regulating the body’s water balance. Seasonal Affective Disorder or depression is eased by consuming bananas as they contain the natural mood enhancer Tryptophan which is a type of protein that the body converts to serotonin, known to relax and improve your moods, making you happier. Just like the monkeys.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and help cases of anaemia. According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating a banana as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes as much as 40%. Potassium is a vital mineral which helps in regulating the heartbeat, sending oxygen to the brain and Bananas are also used in many cultures as a cooling fruit that helps by lowering both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers.

Bananas can also help those desperately trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain as well as the potassium and magnesium assists the body in recovering from the effects of nicotine withdrawals. Research has shown that the potassium packed fruit can assist pupils making them more alert. Bananas are the only fruit that when eaten raw, can help ease the discomfort of ulcers. It neutralisers the acidity and reduces irritation in the stomach by coating the lining.

Insect bites can be eased by rubbing the affected area with the inside of the banana skin. Many people find it excellent for reducing the swelling and irritation. High fibre including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. Bananas are exceptionally good for hangovers. Make a milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana helps in calming the stomach and with the help of honey, builds up depletion of blood sugar levels, while the milk, soothes and rehydrates the system.

Myfanawy Evans

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