Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Banana Special - Amazing fruit to get energized

I’m going to talk about an amazing fruit which everyone loves to eat. Yes, it’s Banana, the energizer.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre. 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 preferred fruit among world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only area a banana can help us to keep fit. It can also help us to overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must have in our daily diet and health.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken 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.

Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. The US Food and Drug Administration have 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 school were helped through their exams 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 fibre, 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 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.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

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 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 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 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 around.

So maybe it’s 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, isn't it?

62 comments:

JoJo said...

I love bananas although it seems i buy them and end up putting at least 2-3 overripe ones in the freezer. But they are a good fruit for sure. Yet I am now seeing it listed among the 5 foods you should never eat!

Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you for visiting us and following Red Rose Alley. This is a great post and I love bananas. I didn't realize how many good benefits they bring us though. I often put them in my oatmeal.

I smiled big when I saw the flamingos on your Header, as my daughter LOVES FLAMINGOS!

Have a sweet day, and I am now following you too.

~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Beth said...

Great post! Great fruit!

Julia said...

Wow, the banana is a wonderful fruit. I eat a banana every day. Thanks for this useful information.
Hugs,
JB

Olga Hebert said...

I know bananas are healthy...if only they tasted different I might eat them.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following - I am now following you.
I never knew all the benefits that banana's have - I will start eating more - the only bad thing is they get rip so soon and tend to like them just when they get rip.
Have a great weekend.
Mary

Jacquelineand.... said...

A very useful fruit! Did you know that if you want beautifully blooming rose bush, laying banana peels on the ground around the roots will help?

Ginny said...

Yes, it IS amazing! And we really SHOULD eat a banana every day! We could feel so much better.

Shelly said...

You are spot on with this. We've been reading about the health benefits of them, also, and have been eating them often.

Deserae said...

Wow, I never knew bananas had so many benefits!!! I will definitely be picking some up next time I go to the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by my blog to visit too :o)
~Des

Mariodacatsmom said...

There is no reason not to eat Bananas. I didn't realize it was so good for so many things. Good post.

Brian Miller said...

nice...lots of benefits to bananas...there used to be a banana tree in our back yard when we lived in florida....def a different taste than you get in the store

Launna said...

I love bananas... I had no idea how many great things is can do for us...

I usually eat 3 or 4 a week... maybe I should eat more.. :)

Endah Murniyati said...

It's really informative post! So interesting! We eat banana almost everyday, just we only know a few benefit of banana. Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

Bananas are good.

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE bananas with all my heart. I read recently that the more ripe they are the more nutrients they have.

whiteangel said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog (several times).
You have a lovely bog.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love banana's and I should eat them a lot more often. They are always in the house..and yet I skip them most of the time. NOT any more! :) Thanks for all the information. AND thank you for your sweet visit.
Mona

sandy said...

I didn't realize bananas had that many benefits but that's great for ME because I love them...especially with peanut butter!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

sandy said...

I didn't realize bananas had that many benefits but that's great for ME because I love them...especially with peanut butter!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Haddock said...

Very true.
I never miss out on my "a banana a day"

DeniseinVA said...

I have always enjoyed eating bananas and now I know more reasons why I should . Thanks, this is a great post.

Roan said...

I like to eat bananas becauses they are good. Didn't realize they were this good for me.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sadly, bananas are one of the few foods I won't eat. I wish I liked them!

Elsie Amata said...

I enjoy bananas. My son will be home from college this weekend and he devours them. They are also great for muscle cramps!

Elsie

mail4rosey said...

That's a lot of banana benefits. And they're tasty too. One of our family faves.

Lois said...

I try to eat at least one banana a day. I didn't know about the mosquito bite trick though. I will have to try it!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Love bananas. I should probably have my own tree :)

shivani said...

So much on Bananas i am extremely grateful to know thanks to ur blog. Some i knew but many i didn't. That picture of the fruit also looks very cool. Thanks a lot for stopping by at my blog and saying kind words that make me as happy as this page on Bananas has done. Can i say i'm going Bananas...
: :):)

TexWisGirl said...

i do eat a banana almost every day.

Betsy Adams said...

Great post.... We love bananas and eat one every single day!!!! Have you noticed all of the great reasons we also all need to eat some cucumbers????

Hugs,
Betsy

Debbie said...

WoW, great information!! i love banannas they are so easy to grab and go when you need something quick to eat!!

i will be doing it more often!!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

WOW I didn't know they helped with so much. Thanks or the info.

Simply Linda said...

Thank you for visting my blog..and joining..Hey, the dr. also told us Bananas are good for leg cramps. I guess that goes with the potassium. Blessings

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, John Paul,

Bananas, the preferred fruit of monkeys and tennis players.

On a serious note, indeed, it can't be emphasised enough that a healthy, balanced diet can make a pawsitive impact on your physical and mental health well being.

Penny :)

Christine Rains said...

It is an amazing fruit! It's my favorite one too. :)

Linda said...

Wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing. I do love bananas.

Gail Dixon said...

My husband eats a banana every morning. I love them but shy away due to calories. But I may be rethinking that plan...

My Garden Diaries said...

That's it!!! i am heading out to buy some tomorrow! How awesome is this!!! A wonderful weekend to you! Nicole xo

lina@a happy family said...

Lots of benefits!
I love banana more. It's cheaper than apple too :)

Kathy Combs said...

A lot of great information here and quite a bit I didn't know. Thank you!! ♥

Daisy said...

I love bananas. I eat one nearly every day. Great article! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. Happy weekend to you! :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Thanks for stopping in at Cranberry Morning for my 'fence post.' :-)

Missy George said...

The miracle fruit..I eat one almost every day..

Theresa Mahoney said...

This is a real wonderful fruit! Who knew it could do so much!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Banana's are always in our home. Wonderful fruit. :) Very informative post..thank you.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Wow! What an amazing fruit for sure. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Kati said...

Funny - I'm eating a banana while typing this!

-Kati

Nina said...

Such a great post! I'll be even more happy when eating a banana next time ... My fav evening snack is a banan with a glass of cold milk :)
Thank you for popping by my blog and leaving a note - so happy having found your place here!

Jim said...

I eat bananas every day and this post will keep me doing that! Thanks.

Emmylou said...

Didn't all these wonderful benefits of bananas:) TY for posting.

Slamdunk said...

Most definitely. I did not know that about banana peels and mosquito bites. Thanks for educating me.

ellie said...

I love them in my smoothies..the ones that get ripe I keep in the freezer just for that!

two birds said...

Wow, I knew they were great, but I didn't know all of that!

Kay said...

I do eat a banana every morning here in Hawaii with my cereal or oatmeal. I feel it helps leg cramps.

Jo said...

I eat a banana a day. I didn't know about all those health benefits, but I started eating one so regularly because of cramp.

Barbara said...

Great post! Who knew? My boys love bananas as a snack - so glad they are getting so much out of it.

Dee D said...

Wow! I had no idea that bananas were that awesome. I need to eat more of them. Thanks so much for this information.

martinealison said...

Bonjour,
Les propriétés de la banane sont vraiment excellente... J'ai beaucoup aimé votre reportage.
Je reviendrai vous visiter...
Gros bisous

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Thanks for your visit. This is one of the best fruits ever, love them. Diane

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow, I had no idea that bananas were so good for you. I have slightly high blood pressure so I think I should eat more!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Even though I always knew they were a good fruit to eat, I never knew the whole story. Thanks!

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