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You Will Never Look at This Fruit the Same Way Again
Oh those lovely yellow, perfectly packed little bundles of sweetness. What would we do without bananas? They have so much to offer us than an easy to take along treat. Take a look at the top 10 things that you never knew about bananas.
1. Prevent ulcers
Bananas are a great way to fight digestive problems due to their soft texture and several compounds they can be very soothing to the stomach. They create a thick protective barrier in the stomach that helps to protect it from stomach acid. Bananas also neutralize acid in the stomach. These might be the only fruit that can be eaten without causing those with ulcers more pain.
2. Prevent morning sickness
Eating bananas between meals can help to keep blood sugar levels stable and help to prevent morning sickness.
3. Beat depression
A recent survey taken by MIND showed that people who described themselves as suffering from depression stated that they felt considerably better after eating a banana. Bananas contain tryptophan, a substance that your body changes into serotonin, which helps you to relax and feel sleepy, the same stuff that’s in turkey, which makes us feel so content and happy after Thanksgiving dinner.
4. Helps with PMS symptoms
Forget about those pills or being moody all day; just eat a couple bananas during the day. Bananas are a rich source of vitamin B6, which regulates blood sugar levels which are often the root cause of PMS. Read about more remedies to kick PMS naturally.
5. Fights anemia
Because they are also high in iron, bananas encourage your body to produce more hemoglobin in your blood, which can fight anemia.
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6. Stabilizes blood pressure
These bright yellow fruits are high in potassium while being low in salt, which is exactly what you need to help fight high blood pressure. In fact, bananas work so well that the US Food and Drug Administration now allows banana companies to officially state that eating bananas will lower your risk of high blood pressure and prevent possible strokes.
7. Boosts brain power
England’s Twickenham School conducted studies on 200 students by asking them to eat a banana 3 times per day. All students did performed better on their exams than those who did not eat bananas. Research shows that the potassium in bananas can help you learn easier by making you more alert and able to concentrate better.
8. Helps with hangover symptoms
One of the best ways to cut a hangover short is to make a banana smoothie with a bit of raw honey. The banana will soothe your stomach and, with a little help from the honey, it will restore your depleted blood sugar levels and help you to start feeling better much quicker.
9. Relieves indigestion and heartburn
Bananas have a great anti-acid affect, so when you are having a bout of heartburn or indigestion, don’t reach for those over the counter chemicals, eat a banana or two for soothing quick relief.
10. Skin and hair remedy
The skin of a banana can be used to help those with skin issues such as acne or psoriasis. Blend the skin of the banana with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, and apply this mask to your skin, it can help relieve the dryness and itch almost immediately. This same mixture works great as a hair conditioner also. Apply it to your hair after washing, let it soak in for a few minutes, and then rinse for beautiful, lustrous locks.