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Banana power: Ten perks of nature’s panacea


by Sandeep Godiyal 

(NaturalNews) There’s no denying that banana trees are among the most useful plants in the world. Well, it’s also undeniable that their fruits are much more valuable than their other parts. Those who are wondering what makes bananas (the fruit) a very precious produce should keep this in mind – such natural snacks come with many health perks. People who’d like to discover the most remarkable benefits of eating bananas should read on.

Ten Banana Advantages

  • Heart-Health Boosters

Eating the simple-looking fruit is among the best ways of maintaining a healthy circulatory system. That’s because bananas are among the richest sources of potassium and they barely contain sodium.

  • Energy-Rich Treat

Even though bananas are not among the largest fruits, they still have enough calories to energize those who’ve worked out for hours. In fact, many fitness enthusiasts think of bananas as nature’s energy bar.

  • Yellow Cramp Fighter

As mentioned, bananas are rich in potassium. Well, they also contain high levels of magnesium. Since the absence of those two minerals trigger cramps, then it’s safe to say that bananas are superb cramp fighters.

  • A Healthy Tummy

Nowadays, having a healthy tummy is almost synonymous with keeping beneficial gut microbes healthy. Bananas contain a substance called fructooligosaccharide that make stomach-friendly bacteria live much longer lives.

  • Thinking of the Acids

Truth be told, bananas don’t really have the capability to eliminate excess acids in the gut. However, they’re more than capable of protecting the stomach’s lining from the damaging effect of having too much gastric juices.

  • A Diarrhea Solver

It’s obvious that people who suffer from diarrhea are at risk of losing considerable amounts of electrolytes. Fortunately for them, eating a banana is still among the fastest ways of gaining such crucial substances.

  • Combat Constipation

Bananas are rich in fiber. With that in mind, it becomes clear that they’re an excellent pick for those who are trying to beat the constipation dilemma. After all, getting enough fiber and water is a formula for healthy bowel movement.

  • Better Sex, Naturally

This isn’t about the fruit’s phallic shape. Instead, this pertains to the libido-boosting nutrients that exist in abundance inside bananas. So, men who are facing concerns with their sexual enthusiasm should add the fruit to their diet.

  • Much Better Nights

Bananas contain high amounts of tryptophan. That simply means that they’re more than capable of raising serotonin levels and could thus help people who find it very difficult to go to sleep.

  • The Skin Enhancer

Instead of merely relying on all sorts of cosmetic products, those who’d like to keep their skin smooth should tap into the skin-enhancing power of bananas. It’s also a proven fact that the fruit effectively solves skin dryness.

The Obvious Answer

With all those perks in mind, one thing should finally become obvious – the banana is nature’s magic potion and no one should ever miss the opportunity to take advantage of the many benefits that it brings.

Sources for this article include:


http://www.medindia.net

http://www.whfoods.com

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

Bananas aren’t just for monkeys – Discover 25 powerful reasons to eat (organic) bananas

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by JB Bardot 

(NaturalNews) You’ll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas are high in fiber and three natural sugars — glucose, sucrose and fructose — giving them almost magical powers to provide a huge energy boost. Bananas combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness. They can cure the itch of a mosquito bite and put a great shine on your shoes. If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again.

~ Bananas help overcome depression due high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter
~ Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar
~ Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps by eating a banana
~ Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana
~ Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation
~ Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6
~ Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas
~ High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure, and protect against heart attack and stroke

Eating bananas aids digestion

~ Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body
~ Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
~ Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
~ Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.
~ Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD
~ Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids

Natural cures from a simple banana

~ Eating bananas helps prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption
~ Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
~ Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease
~ Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness
~ Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation
~ Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana
~ Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day
~ The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
~ Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal
~ Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place
~ Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine

Oh, and remember — bananas make great snacks and delicious smoothies. Now you know why monkeys are so happy. Eat a banana!

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http://www.medindia.net
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About the author:
JB Bardot is trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle. She writes about wellness, green living, alternative medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, herbs and naturopathic medicine.

Healing Properties of Bananas

 

Bananas are filled with mood-boosting serotonin that improves your mood and helps you stave off depression.

They’re also great for weight loss because they are high in fiber, filled with nutrients, and they are low calorie.

Bananas provide lasting energy and are a wonderful source of carbs (sugar). And will keep you going in a workout for many hours!

Bananas are RICH in potassium. What does potassium do? It helps the body’s circulatory system efficiently deliver oxygen to the brain (important!!) – this helps to boost brain power, and help you function much better

Bananas promote BOWEL health – They help with reducing constipation and diarrhea

Bananas contain TRYPTOPHAN – a mood regulating substance that contains a level of protein that helps relax the mind so you feel happier (people suffering from depression feel better after eating bananas)

Bananas help ease menstrual pain! (for the ladies)

Bananas contain B6 which helps to regulate blood glucose levels!

Bananas can help people stop smoking!! B vitamins and other minerals they contain reduce the physical and psychological effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Bananas help to combat morning sickness – calms the nerves.

Banana peels (on the inside) help to relieve bug bites – like mosquito bites (just rub it on your bite).

Bananas help soothe ulcers – they reduce the acidity in the stomach that some foods can leave in the stomach. Since they help to neutralize acidity, they are also a great way to get rid of heartburn. They act as a natural antacid and they quickly soothe the burn.

Bananas help reduce the irritation of the digestive system by leaving a protective coating around the inner walls, making it a natural way to promote intestinal health too!

Bananas are RICH in IRON – If you are anemic, eat lots of bananas! They also help promote hemoglobin production so your blood can clot faster in case of a cut or serious injury.

Bananas can also benefit your garden. Instead of throwing the peels away, banana peels are ideal fertilizer for gardens and soils.

If you have a wart on your foot, wrapping a banana peel around your foot so that the exterior of the peel rubs against the wart will help it go away in a matter of time.

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