quarta-feira, 10 de outubro de 2012

Banana´s profits

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. 
Research has proven that just 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. 
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 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 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
generally make you feel happier. 
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, 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.
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 the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar
levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your
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 blood sugar levels up and avoid morning
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite
cream, 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.
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
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
It is the only 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.
InThailand , 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 and 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
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps
normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and
regulates your body's water balance. When we are
stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing
our 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 place 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
So maybe it's time to change that well-known phrase so
that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!

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