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Old 02-09-2007, 09:39 AM
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After Reading this, you will 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, maki ng 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 better.

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 way 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 England) 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 banan as 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:
B efore 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 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:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and 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 from strokes by as much as 40%!

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 carbohydrates, 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!"
Footnote:
If your roses are covered with Aphids, drape banana skins over the branches, I'ts amazing, but in a day or less, they are GONE! I've tried it, and I couldn't believe it, no more aphids, as long as I save my banana skins for the rose bushes!
Impressed? Well then, Unzip a BANANA today!


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Old 02-09-2007, 09:32 PM
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That's something else - why aren't we taking bananas to work every day, then? There were some there the other day, but I figgered I'd get in trubble if I hooked one, so I left them alone. :-\
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Old 02-10-2007, 03:59 AM
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Another thing most people don't know about bananas: If you haven't exercised for a while, and you know you are going to be sore, then eat a banana before and after you exercise, and the soreness won't be there when you get done. The banana has potassium, which is what the muscles are depleted of when you exercise, and that is what makes them sore, not using them. I have often thought that this would apply to the heart as well, since that is the first thing that ER's do when someone is having a heart attack, is give them potassium.

Also, little known "cure" for a hangover: Drink water with your alcohol, lots of it. This will keep you from even getting a hangover. My grandfather was a heavy drinker, and never got a hangover, and this was why. Then, years later, in my Biology class at Drury, I asked my Prof about this, and he said that the reason we get hangovers is because our body is depleted of water while drinking straight alcohol, and the brain and stomache and various other body organs get dehydrated, so they throw a fit. I told a friend, who I wish wouldn't drink, about this, and since then she has been drinking water while drinking, and she has not had another hangover, and this gal would be out of commission until almost 7 p.m. from drinking the night before. But, I sure wish she would just stop drinking, but that is another subject.
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:31 AM
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I find this very interesting for many reasons, but one is that my dads dr. told him to stay away from bananas because they are high in sugar and spike your blood sugar fast and like candy you come down really low afterwords.

However, it looks like the benefits from bananas far outweighs that fact.
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I know when I start getting alot of charlie horses in my legs I usually eat a banana and it will go away for awhile....so I try to eat a couple a week cause I just do not like charlie horses.....
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I get charlie horses, but do not like bananas!! Know of anything else that works??
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:25 PM
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I know when I start getting alot of charlie horses in my legs I usually eat a banana and it will go away for awhile....so I try to eat a couple a week cause I just do not like charlie horses.....
If it responds to ingesting bananas, you may be deficient in potassium. Both potassium & calcium deficiencies can cause muscle spasms/cramps, i.e. charlie horses.
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I get charlie horses, but do not like bananas!! Know of anything else that works??
Anything that's high in potassium . . . even potatoes! Click here: Potassium-rich foods
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:27 PM
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I get charlie horses, but do not like bananas!! Know of anything else that works??
Bananas do work.
my wife now eats them all the time after her dr. told her they would help stop her leg cramps.
You might have to suffer thru the taste to stop the pain.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:54 PM
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Maybe man has learned something from Monkeys.
Banana's are good for you!hahahahaha!
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Thanks, WG and Shanny. I will have to eat more of the things on Shanny's list that I like....can not get down one bite of a banana and they do not like me either! lol
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