We are all familiar with the famous rhyme “an apple a day keeps the doctor away“. And well, it’s true! Apples are a great source for essential nutrients, such as B & C vitamins.
But did you know that Bananas are just as important? This soft yellow fruit is simply a treasure box of brain nutrients…
Our brain is the most sophisticated machine ever created. It’s comprised of trillions of cells, among them you could find no less than 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons. These neurons communicate with each other by secreting special chemicals known as neurotransmitters.
Dopamine and Serotonin are two neurotransmitters that are proven to have great impact on our mood, our ability to concentrate, and our emotional stability. In fact, drugs like Prozac and Ritalin work by adjusting the levels of Serotonin and Dopamine (respectively) in our brains.
Now what would you say if you knew that a simple banana is packed with both serotonin and dopamine?! It can be considered a natural medicine for depression, not too mention a very tasty medicine.
Of course bananas can’t replace conventional therapy, but they’re a good addition for anyone taking drugs to combat depression and other mental ailments. For example, children who take Ritalin often experience a period of nervousness when the medication wears off in the evening. This withdrawal effect results from the depletion of dopamine reservoirs in the brain, since the Ritalin has increased dopamine usage throughout the day. So eating a pair of bananas in the early evening might help somewhat with avoiding the withdrawal effect, as it helps the body to renew its dopamine reservoirs.
While medications are central to any form of conventional behavioral disorder treatment, there are some natural remedies that could augment the healing process.
So I think I finally know why monkeys are so “high” all the time… they’re banana addicts!