Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose, combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. No wonder banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. Banana does not only keeps us fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to our daily diet.
Among 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 make you relax, improve your mood and make you feel happier.
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so help in case of anemia.
High in potassium yet low in salt, banana is perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
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 sistem.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous sistem.
The banana is used as the dietary food against instestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It also can neutralizes over acidity and reduce irritation by coating the linings of the stomach.
So, banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. Comparing to 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.
A banana a day keeps the doctor away!