A banana a day keeps depression away ?


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      I just read on the internet that some people believe bananas can cure depression. Researchers point out that the myth is exaggerated, but some nutrients in bananas are known to be able to "help fight against depressive symptoms."
      According to this article, bananas provide tryptophan, an amino acid that helps bodies make serotonin; serotonin is known for regulating our mood, and people with depression tend to lack serotonin. Also, a common symptom of depression is insomnia, and tryptophan can help people fall asleep more easily. Other than tryptophan, bananas provide vitamin B6, which also helps makes serotonin; vitamin B6 doesn't necessarily cure or prevent depression, but a healthy intake of it can decrease the risk of depression, especially as you grow older. Another article says that bananas also contain dopamine, which regulates our mood, ability to concentrate, and emotional stability.
      Although bananas contain these "nutrients," researchers say they are only in very small amounts, and that almost all protein-based foods provide trypophan. Therefore, bananas do not provide a "unique or particularly significant source," they just contain nutrients that can somehow be connected to our mood, etc.
      I personally don't like bananas anyway, so I'm sticking with the "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" saying :p


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This was very interesting. I personally can not even stand the smell of a banana, but I have heard that bananas serve a lot of functions. This article supports the claim that they can help depression, but it also shows that it helps PMS in girls, helping our moods be a little bit brighter during that grim week. I know that bananas help cramps as well. This website shows that bananas can help you in a lot of different areas, including hangovers, mosquito bites, and stress. Definitely check out the website! Great blog post!

i agree with you, i much prefer apples over bananas but its interesting that there are nutrients in bananas that can actually help with the depression. Very cool blog

Cool topic! It is quite amazing that certain foods can have that kind of impact on our mood. In fact, bananas aren't the only type of food that can do this. Even foods such as broccoli, blueberries, and apricots can help depression. There are even more good foods to eat to help depression and you can check more out on this website.

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/diet-recovery

Bananas are an extremely healthy fruit. Bananas provide an excellent source of potassium, help protect your stomach from stomach acid, help prevent cancer, encourage a healthy digestive track, and help lower blood pressure. So while you may prefer an apple (which is also good) don't overlook the banana.

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