Monday, April 06, 2009

Bananas and Sleep Apnea

First thing I want to do is welcome all the good folks from Australia who are checking me out as a result of Google searches. I recently wrote a post on sleep apnea, discussing my history with it and my new CPAP machine.

Because of this and the name of my blog, this is the top site google lists when somebody types "bananas sleep apnea" into the search line on Google. All of the sites I have seen, that were not the usual sites that come here, ended in "dot au" which I know as Australia. Normally the only hit from down under is by my good friend David McMahon.

The reason for the search is that a research team in Australia has found. as a result of a study, that drinking a banana smoothie may assist in easing conditions that cause sleep apnea. Phospholipids, or fatty acids, in bananas stay active in the mouth for six hours and may keep the throat open, therefore reducing the risk of choking.

Further studies will expand to those, like myself, who need a breathing machine(a CPAP in my case) and see if the air pressure could be reduced as a result of these phospholipids.

Click here to read the article.

21 comments:

Syd said...

Interesting article. So what about just having a banana at dinner? Or does it have to be a smoothie?

74WIXYgrad said...

I don't know. I would imagine that a banana at bedtime would be the same. The study states that the fatty acids stay active in the mouth for six hours, so that would tell me that it would be most beneficial right before you go to bed.

Karen said...

Bananas have a lot of medicinal purposes don't they! We always have Kenz eat one before her tennis matches to help reduce cramping. I try to eat one every day just for the potassium. Who'd have ever thought you going bananas could be so beneficial. lol

74WIXYgrad said...

Well...Beats eating peeps!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I always knew bananas were good for us. Look what they do for the monkeys.

clean and crazy said...

I love bananas, I wish I could grow them in my garden too!!

Margaret said...

Interesting! I wonder if they will develop a banana spray to coat the mouth and throat? Think I'll go read the article...

Margaret said...

By the way WIXY...NOTHING beats eating peeps!!

Shellmo said...

I am going to give my mother-in-law a DOZEN bananas the next time she stays over at our cabin!
:-)

Pat Jenkins said...

gives you an excuse to eat a banana sundae before bed don't it?

Jessica said...

I recently did a post on the hummingbird migration map website. I'm getting 50 hits a day from people searching for the map. I was almost tempted to delete that post because I felt sorry for everyone looking in the wrong place. But at least I had a link to the real map and most people are finding it that way.

Michelle said...

Wow. That is very interesting, Cliff. My brother-in-law has to sleep with a machine. I'll copy this and pass it on to him.

Thanks for letting me know!

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Bananas are fabulous for lots of reason. They actually have more PROTEIN than any other fruit. And all kinds of other good stuff ("good stuff" not being scientific, I know). I always keep a bunch of bananas on the counter... my kids eat them like they are little monkeys, and I encourage it! WAY better than chips!
One of nature's perfect foods if you ask me... comes with it's own little "carrying case" and everything. :)

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that something as simple as a banana could help me with my sleep apnea. I am definitely going to give it a try. My CPAP machine has already started helping, but it is still worth a shot!

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John said...

Great Blog I am sure will be helpful for many and solving problem of snoring for others. Keep up a good work for Sleep Apnea Cures.

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