High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the
blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
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
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 learning by making pupils more alert.
High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel
action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
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 trypotophan, a type of protein that the body
converts into serotonin known to make you relax, improve your mood and
generally make you feel happier.
One of the quickest ways of curing lethargy and fatigue 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
heart-burn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and
avoid morning sickness.
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.
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
crisps. 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.