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Bananas: natural medicine for digestive problems, depression and more

1/3/2015 - The banana plant is an herbaceous, flowering plant indigenous to the tropical regions of India, northern Australia and Southeast Asia. Its fruits, which are recognized by their crescent shape, yellow skins and sweet tastes, are one of the oldest crops cultivated by mankind and remain the most popular...

Bill Gates' human experimentation with GM bananas in Africa condemned by scientists

12/12/2014 5:41:21 PM - At least 124 food and outreach organizations, as well as 26 individual scientists, have signed onto a letter sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation protesting ongoing human trials of genetically modified (GM), beta-carotene-enriched bananas intended for Africa. The GM bananas, which never underwent...

Untested GMO bananas to move directly to human experimentation

8/7/2014 2:37:31 PM - Human trials with a new genetically modified (GM) banana with artificial levels of the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene are set to begin this fall without prior animal testing. Researchers plan to feed the "frankenfruit" to college students attending Iowa State University (ISU), though details outlining...

GMO bananas are coming to a supermarket near you, thanks to Bill Gates

6/17/2014 11:54:39 AM - What does the development of genetically modified bananas have to do with the world's richest man, founder of Microsoft Corp. Bill Gates? Everything. As noted by CNet News, James Dale, the director for the Center for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology in Australia,...

Research shows bananas effective way to naturally improve eye health

5/3/2014 - Most people think of carrots when it comes to foods that help improve vision, but studies show that bananas are also very effective when it comes to eye health. Research shows that fruits like bananas help vision An 18-year study of more than 100,000 men and women found that increased fruit intake...

How bananas are better than pills for treating depression, constipation and more

5/2/2014 12:36:17 PM - They're often the fruit of choice for athletes looking to boost their electrolyte levels and get a quick energy boost, but bananas are a whole lot more than just a sweet treat or a pleasant addition to a morning smoothie. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds, bananas can also serve...

Going bananas for mono-fruiting: does eating one fruit for long periods of time really help our health?

3/5/2014 - Mono-fruiting, or eating one type of fruit without introducing any other fruits or foods in the mix for long periods of time, is a common dietary lifestyle for many people. Just go online and it's clear that a lot of people are living life in mono-fruit land, preparing mono meals, taking trips to "Banana...

Banana power: Ten perks of nature's panacea

8/24/2013 - There's no denying that banana trees are among the most useful plants in the world. Well, it's also undeniable that their fruits are much more valuable than their other parts. Those who are wondering what makes bananas (the fruit) a very precious produce should keep this in mind - such natural snacks...

Bananas aren't just for monkeys - Discover 25 powerful reasons to eat (organic) bananas

8/11/2012 - You'll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas are high in fiber and three natural sugars -- glucose, sucrose and fructose -- giving them almost magical powers to provide a huge energy boost. Bananas combat depression,...

Industrial monoculture leading to the extinction of bananas

11/25/2011 - When too much of the same crop is grown in the same fields year after year, soils become depleted of vital nutrients and healthy bacteria, which allows for diseases to easily thrive and spread. And the global supply of bananas -- at least the kind sold in most major grocery stores -- could become a...

Banana nutrition facts - nine things you probably never knew about this nutritious tropical food

11/15/2011 - Whether as a quick snack, cut up and tossed in the blender for a fruit smoothie, or used to make quick bread or pancakes, most people enjoy bananas. Bananas are such a staple on produce shelves that most of us don't stop to think about their tropical origins or their many nutritional benefits. Next...

The true history of Dole, banana plantations, chemical pesticides and human suffering

6/23/2011 - One Hundred Years of Solitude, a novel by Gabrielle Garcia Marquez, is a historical account of the fictional town Macondo. A town loosely set around his Mr. Marquez's hometown in Aracataca, Columbia. A tale that is a social commentary of sorts on the effect of the American banana industry and the environmental,...

Eat more bananas to improve gut health and digestion

3/25/2011 - Digestive disorders affect tens of millions of Americans, but diet is rarely examined as a cause or solution in conventional medicine. Certain foods have the power to soothe and heal the digestive system. Bananas, in particular, offer benefits for those suffering from digestive ailments and poor gut...

Discover the health benefits of bananas

2/12/2011 - So often, the humble banana is often overlooked when it comes to providing nutritional and medicinal value. Bananas in fact have a lot to offer us, both nutritionally, as well as in relieving the symptoms of a myriad of physical complaints. Bananas are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. They also...

Natural compound in bananas prevents HIV transmission

7/25/2010 - A kind of protein naturally occurring in bananas may hamper the spread of HIV, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The protein, known as BanLec, is in the family known as lectins. Lectins are able to identify...

Bananas and Raisins: Home Remedies Help Lower Heart Rate

5/8/2010 - The heart rate, also known as pulse rate, is the number of times the heart beats every minute. The normal heart rate for an adult is between 60 and 100 beats a minute, according to the University of Virginia Health System, although athletes can have a rate as low as 40 beats per minute. The heart rate...

Bananas May Provide Key to Preventing Spread of HIV

4/28/2010 - Could bananas provide a key to preventing the spread of HIV? A new study published last month in the Journal of Biological Chemistry has found that a lectin compound known as BanLec found in bananas is as effective in preventing the spread of HIV as two commonly prescribed drugs. The study was conducted...

Natural compound in bananas could hold key to stopping HIV

3/21/2010 - University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School scientists have found a potent substance that could block the sexual transmission of HIV, the virus believed to cause AIDS. This HIV preventative isn't a potent new drug or chemical-laden vaccine. Instead, it's a natural substance derived from a popular, inexpensive...

Benefit from the Natural Health of Bananas

2/19/2010 - The banana that we eat with our morning cereal has been used as a medicine around the world for centuries. Known in Latin as Musa sapienta, the banana is not actually a fruit but an herbaceous perennial. Alone and combined with healing botanicals, the banana can be used to heal ulcers and asthma, or...

Paul Nison Part III: Factors of Raw Food Living from Bananas to Blood Work

10/24/2009 - This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni's Renegade Health Inner Circle, which can be found at http://www.RenegadeHealth.com. In this excerpt, Paul Nison shares on factors of raw food living from bananas to blood work. Renegade Health Inner Circle with Paul Nison. Paul Nison is a raw food chef...

Bananas Are Dying, Killed by Corporate Monoculture

6/2/2008 - Prepare to say goodbye to bananas. Do you remember back in the sixties when there was a change in bananas? It wasn't announced, but those of us who love the fruit did. They became less sweet and creamy -- just not as good. There was no information about it. The change seemed to slip under the radar...

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