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Crazy Nutritional Benefits of Bananas

(Adapted from Mama Earth Organics)

Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone. Adding a banana to your daily diet provides a multitude of benefits to your body. From curing hangovers to weight management, the banana really is a super fruit that needs to be incorporated into everyones daily diet.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose, and glucose as well as fiber. A banana gives an 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 top athletes.

Instant and sustained energy isn’t the only way a banana can help keep us healthy. Bananas can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Weight Management
If there was a food that was low in calories and low in fat while high in fiber and vitamins and could help you lose weight, chances are you would eat it. Good news! Bananas fit the bill. Bananas are one of the most nutritious and natural foods that help promote weight loss.

Blood Pressure
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect treat to beat high blood pressure. The US Food and Drug Administration has allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power
Research has shown that this potassium-packed fruit can assist in learning by making us more alert. Eating bananas at breakfast and lunch will boost brain power and keep you focused.

Anemia
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and can help regulate anemia.

Hangovers
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana coconut milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the coconut milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Depression
According to recent studies 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. Bananas contain vitamin B6 which helps regulates blood glucose levels, which in turn can positively affect your mood.

Constipation
High in fiber, bananas in your diet can help regulate bowel function.

Heartburn
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body. 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.

Nerves
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

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. 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.

When you compare a banana to an apple, it has 4X the protein, twice the carbohydrate, 3X the phosphorus, 5X the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.

A banana a day might just keep the doctor away.

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