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bananas-1.gifA 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.

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 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 system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try e ating 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.

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 wor k leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. 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 le vels 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 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.

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 En gland 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 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!'

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!

I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !

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This are great tips Mary and you're right there are so many things i didnt knew about bananas. Also is nice to see more and more people give a second look to alternative medicine ..

It also helps me with the just started diet haha

Thanks again great infos :thumbsup: :unworthy: :unworthy:

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Yes, I agree, 100% !!!

Better eating habits are drastically needed for most everyone...

Keep 'em coming Mary and members...

SUPER :thumbup:

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I'm amazed the banana has so many uses. How abotu making article for every fruit? :yes

I could do that bryan :ice:

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i have been eating a lot of banana lately especially during lunch and dinner. so i'm glad to read this article about its health benefits! thanks. i think depressed people should eat it. B)

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I ate so much bananas in my life already but i never knew theses things about them. Thanks for the article, i doubt i would know about that by not reading this.

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I ate so much bananas in my life already but i never knew theses things about them. Thanks for the article, i doubt i would know about that by not reading this.

what kind of banana do you usually eat? have you eaten all kinds of it, what about the red banana that our local tarzan eats to make him strong. have you tried that? i have seen some when we went to the province, but i already forgot how it tasted. it's been a long time. B)

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i have tasted red banana too.. margarita taste strange for me.. and i like lakatan and tundan. What are their english equivalent? do you know?

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i have tasted red banana too.. margarita taste strange for me.. and i like lakatan and tundan. What are their english equivalent? do you know?

good! what is margarita? are you referring to senorita banana? i think the english term for lakatan is cavendish. i dont know what's for the tundan. :huh:

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good! what is margarita? are you referring to senorita banana? i think the english term for lakatan is cavendish. i dont know what's for the tundan. :huh:

oh my... yes that is what i mean.... señorita... i was talking about margarita pizza, an Italian style of pizza... anyway.. im so hungry now that all that is left in the table are banana... well that is fine... :)

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hahaha, that was funny pj, that's what i'm talking about senorita became margarita now lol. im not familiar with that margarita pizza what we have here is greenwich pizza. do you know about the banana making it into like a hammer? they froze it. when it's hard enough then it can push nails. :biggrin:

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really? i have not heard about bananas being made into hammer... i cant believe it is possible... margarita pizza is not a store like greenwich pizza.. margarita is an italian style of making pizza or "margarita" flavor pizza.. i think it can be google.. it can be bought in La Cucina Tegola Italiana.. it is an Italian restaurant.

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really? i have not heard about bananas being made into hammer... i cant believe it is possible... margarita pizza is not a store like greenwich pizza.. margarita is an italian style of making pizza or "margarita" flavor pizza.. i think it can be google.. it can be bought in La Cucina Tegola Italiana.. it is an Italian restaurant.

yeah it can. the videos are on youtube. see how it became useful even by not eating it lol. i guess they can do it on other fruit too. but it's not really fun playing around with food you know. :rolleyes:

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yeah, hahaha. just type the word and you'll see that banana hammer. :biggrin: i saw it on the news and then checked it afterwards on youtube and found it there. :biggrin:

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ok thanks.. i will check it later. i have no audio speakers in my computer now so i will just watch it at home.

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i have tasted red banana too.. margarita taste strange for me.. and i like lakatan and tundan. What are their english equivalent? do you know?

Let's not have conversations in the threads...

This Topic is the benefits of eating bananas... period !

yeah, hahaha. just type the word and you'll see that banana hammer. :biggrin: i saw it on the news and then checked it afterwards on youtube and found it there. :biggrin:

Let's not have conversations in the threads...

This Topic is the benefits of eating bananas... period !

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Hi, SuperMod SkyLady,

señorita, lakatan, and tundan are varieties of bananas. Each of them have different nutritional components so their effect in the body is different. They also have different taste. So we are talking about other varieties of bananas, we're sorry for departing from the topic.

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yeah we actually have a lot of bananas here in the country. and poor people can easily afford it. so they get the nutritional benefits in a cheaper price. :biggrin: in fact we have our own fruit stand near our home. :smile:

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I've read an article in a men's health site once, bananas can improve your romantic performance in bed since it contains potassium and its good for the heart. Once you have a good functioning heart it follows good blood circulation for better body performance.

So ladies and gentlemen, a banana a day and makes your relationship stay

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really, whats the site name? :smile: i guess males here will check on that one. anyway what i heard was that eating banana is what an athlete's do to give them a high level of energy, they usually eat it in the morning. :smile:

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really, whats the site name? :smile: i guess males here will check on that one. anyway what i heard was that eating banana is what an athlete's do to make their body strong, they usually eat it in the morning. :smile:

http://www.menshealth.com/ yeap a good time to be conscious of our health and here's te women's health website for you Alice http://www.womenshealthmag.com/

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thanks for the links, i will check on it. you know i dont really eat banana in the morning but after every meal like in lunch and dinner. so i find it weird to eat already at breakfast. :smile:

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