View Full Version : A Banana a day keeps the Doctor away.

10-07-2004, 05:44 PM
Bananas. Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose
combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial
boost ofenergy. 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 the 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 lear ning 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

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.
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

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 emotion al 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: 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

Snacks: 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 its time to change that well-known phrase so
that we say,

"A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

Phil in Paris
10-07-2004, 05:50 PM
I was about to post something regarding the title of this thread, but after a second thought, I think I'd better not !! :D :D

Phil silently stepping out.....

10-07-2004, 05:52 PM

10-07-2004, 05:54 PM
**opens mouth... shuts it and leaves the room**


10-07-2004, 05:55 PM
Getting out of Dodge before I say something I shouldn't. :D :D

10-07-2004, 05:58 PM
I saw this title, softie....and I thought, oh, GREAT, the circus has moved to one of MY Forums! Accccck!


Susan, who eats a banana almost every day!

Phil in Paris
10-07-2004, 06:01 PM
Susan, who eats a banana almost every day!

Lucky girl !!!! I haven't had a banana since.....ok forget it !!! :D :D

Phil :p

10-07-2004, 08:43 PM
Actually there's something else banannas help with... For the last couple of years my feet and hands cramp up like I have arthritis or something from time to time... Some had told me it was from not enough water etc... Someone else told me it was the lack of potassium and lo and behold if I eat a bananna every few days this doesn't happen... It has been a life saver to me as it was starting to happen when I was driving or walking or anything and I couldn't straighten my foot or hand out and shooting pains would occur...


10-07-2004, 09:11 PM
LMAO Ok you girls and Phil get your mind out of the gutter and so poor Susan doesn't have a heart attack i changed the title.............:D I didnt think up the titled it was the title of the article.. :haha:

Deb you are right I have heard the same thing about cramps in the legs and hands.


10-07-2004, 09:14 PM
Deb you are right I have heard the same thing about cramps in the legs and hands.

For years my middle daughter has been getting cramps in her legs and to keep the cramping down I feed her bananas

Phil in Paris
10-08-2004, 04:26 AM
Bananas are certainly good for cramps, cause the sportswomen/sportsmen use to eat bananas before or after a competition.

I like the new title of this thread. :) I like those old sayings, based on experience and always full of wisdom. :)

One of my favorite is:

Everyday a cucumber
Will make you feel younger.

Phil :D :D :p