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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 diet.


Although a banana cannot effectively treat depression, some of its nutrients can help your body fight against
depressive symptom.  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. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.  
Stay away from banana chips, though; they are packed with calories and contain added fat and sugar


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 stroke.


200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) 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 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 system.  Or, if you’re still able to stand after you get home from drinking, having a
banana before you pass out will help start the recovery process even sooner.


Bananas are among the healthiest foods for your body and are recommended by most health care
professionals as a safe, natural remedy for heartburn. In rare cases, however, bananas can have the opposite
effect and cause heartburn shortly after consumption. For more information  


Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness because
they contain Vit 6 and Potassium.  For more information  


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
chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-
pressure jobs. Bananas are a rich source of B-6, offering 41 percent of your daily requirement in a 1 cup
serving. Vitamin B-6, or pyridoxine, supports the functioning of several neurotransmitters; ensuring signals are
carried from one cell to another, supporting your brain development and normal functioning. Too little vitamin B-
6 in your diet may lead to nerve damage. reports vitamin B-6 might assist in alleviating
inflammation, such as in rheumatoid arthritis, which might prevent neuropathy symptoms from developing.


Bananas are high in potassium, magnesium and manganese. They also contain fiber, vitamins B6 and C, and
folate. One medium banana has about 100 calories. Bananas may also contain an enzyme that helps inhibit the
growth of the bacteria that causes ulcers, though many more human trials are needed to confirm this.
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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. So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. It is also rich in potassium and is one
of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA
a day keeps the doctor away!’


According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," and "researchers from the World Health
Organization"  eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 24%
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Sleep Inducer

Bananas are known to help induce sleep. A few slices of a banana are a great pre-bedtime snack. Eating a
banana before sleep may help ensure deep rest. The brain functions at its best when deep slumber occurs and
a person awakes feeling refreshed and energized.

Given below is the nutrition content of banana.

Nutritional Value of Banana   Serving size 100 grams; 1 big banana, ripe

Caloric Content

       Values per 100 gms. of edible portion        Content as compared to other fruits
Calories                                 116                                               Caloric dense
Protein (g)                              1.2                                                   Average
Fat (g)                                    0.3                                                     Low
Dietary fibre (g)*                     2.6                                                     Rich
Carbohydrates (g)                  27.2                                                   Rich

Mineral Content

Nutrient        Values per 100 gms. of edible portion        Content as compared to other fruits
Calcium (mg)                        17                                                        Average
Phosphorous (mg)                36                                                          Rich
Iron (mg)                              0.36                                                        Low
Magnesium (mg)                    41                                                         Rich
Sodium (mg)                        36.6                                                        Average
Potassium (mg)                     88                                                         Rich
Zinc (mg)        0.15        Average

Vitamin Content

Nutrient               Values per 100 gms. of edible portion        Content as compared to other fruits
Carotene (mcg)                        78                                                        Average
Vitamin C (mg)                           7                                                         Low
Vitamin B6(mg)*                        0.8                                                       Rich
Banana's Amazing Health Benefits