You'll go bananas for bananas after you read this!

Sample Image  A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych  class told his class about bananas.  He  said the expression 'going bananas' is from the  effects of bananas on the brain.  Read  on: 

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.

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.

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 the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar  levels, while the milk soothes 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 blood  sugar 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 it amazingly successful  at reducing swelling and irritation.

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 jobs. 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.

The  banana is used as the dietary food against  intestinal disorders because of its soft texture  and smoothness. 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. In Thailand ,  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  &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  withdrawal.

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.

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%!

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 around So maybe  its time to change that well-known phrase so  that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor  away!'

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