Here is a story that even a monkey would go ape
about. A 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. When compared 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. No wonder
monkeys are so happy all the time!
Energy Boost: 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
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
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
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!
Forget the pills — eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains
regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin
in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
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
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
and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in
Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food
like chocolate and crisps (potato 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.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore
normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without
resorting to laxatives.
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
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you
suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing
Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep
blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
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
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help
calm the nervous system.
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 chronic
cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by
coating the lining of the stomach.
Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers
because they contain the natural mood enhancer,
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.
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%."
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
a face mask: Who needs Botox when you have bananas? That's
right: You can use a banana as an all-natural face mask that
moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer.
Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then
gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10-20
minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Another popular mask
recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1
aphids: Are aphids attacking your rosebushes or other plants?
Bury dried or cut-up banana peels an inch or two deep around the
base of the aphid-prone plants, and soon the little suckers will
pack up and leave. Don't use whole peels or the bananas
themselves, though; they tend to be viewed as tasty treats by
raccoons, squirrels, gophers, rabbits, and other animals, who
will just dig them up.
for scrapes and bruises: A simple banana peel can help heal
cuts and scrapes, greatly reduce the build up of scar tissue,
help soothe an itchy healing wound and reduce bruising and
discoloraton. To heal bruises faster, apply the inside of a ripe
banana peel to the bruise. The best thing would be to bandage the
banana peel to the bruise overnight.
Polish: Bananas contain potassium, which is also a key
ingredient in shoe polish. To polish your shoes, all you need to
do is eat the banana, rub the banana peeling on your shoes, buff
with a soft cloth, and then sit back and admire your shoe
polishing job. Take the inside of the banana skin, and rub
directly on the shoe. Finish with dry cloth. Amazing
you see, 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
So maybe it's time to change that well-known phrase
"A banana a day keeps the doctor