So forget an apple a day... If your energy levels really need toping up, nothing is better than a banana. Consisting of three natural sugars - fructose, glucose and sucrose - along with fibre, will give you a long lasting energy boost. Recent tests show that just two bananas can supply you with the required energy for an intense 90 minute workout. It won't surprise you then that the world's best athletes view the banana as being the number one fruit.
But a banana doesn't just produce us energy; helping us to keep fit, it also helps us to recover from or even to avert a number of different illnesses and states of health, so it's a MUST in our daily diet.
Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique fruit from the tropics has an extremely high content of potassium although very low in salt, resulting in the ideal nutrition to assist in combating high blood pressure. It's so good, that the US Food and Drug Administration has given permission to the banana industry to officially make the claim that it really does reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Constipation: Due to it's high content in fibre, bananas will help to balance normal bowel motions, avoiding the use of laxatives to overcome this problem.
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 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.
Hangovers: One of the most effective ways of getting over a hangover is to take a banana shake with honey. The banana has a calming effect on the stomach and along with the honey rebuilds our depleted blood sugar levels. The banana also has a natural antacid effect in the body so if you are prone to heart-burn, try eating a banana for great relief.
Nerves: The banana is extremely rich in Vitamin B which helps to calm down the nervous system.
PMS: Forget the pills eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Ulcers: Even intestinal disorders can get relief from rating bananas due to their soft texture and smoothness. It is also unique in being the only raw fruit that you can eat without distress in over-chronic ulcer cases. It also coats the lining of the stomach which helps to neutralize excess acidity.
Smoking: Bananas contain very high levels of Vitamin C, A1, B6, and B12 and if you combine this with the also present potassium and magnesium, our body is given relief from effects of nicotine withdrawal. A great help indeed for helping people to kick the nasty habit.
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, there by reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack. According to 'The New England Journal of Medicine' research in eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40 %!
So let's look back and recap on the differences between a banana and an apple. The banana is a tonic in its own field and compared to an apple, it has 4 times as much protein, 5 times the iron and vitamin A, 3 times the phosphorus and twice as much in other vitamins and minerals as well as potassium. Its great value food product and we shouldn't forget it in our daily diet. So remember... "A Banana a day keeps the doctor at bay!"
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