Bananas are one of the most available fruits all year round worldwide. They can serve as a snack or as fruit desserts. Some also use them in salads and smoothies. Some species of bananas (plantain) can be cooked or fried before consumption, but the regular small sized bananas are more ready to be consumed immediately after harvest. In this article we delve into amazing benefits that can be derived from the intake of bananas and also the use of its peel for skin maintenance and treatment.
Potassium is essential for life. It allows your nerves to respond to stimulation and muscles to contract (tighten), including those in your heart. It also offsets the effect of sodium (present in salt ) in raising your blood pressure and it moves nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells. (source)
Bananas however are very rich in potassium and hence can lower the risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Potassium is also essential for proper maintenance of bones in the body and can also keep osteoporosis under check.
2. Energy source
Taking banana or banana flavoured foods often serves as an energy replenished. Bananas contain natural sugars which are healthy for the body, they are often taken by sport athletes in between games and is also a good source of body sugar for people who are on weight control diets.
Bananas make a great work snack to combat that mid-afternoon slump. They’re a good choice for weight loss too – a small banana contains about 100 calories and will satisfy your sweet cravings.
If you can replace candy bars and other junk foods with bananas, it’s a helpful step towards losing weight. Not only will your body thank you for the vitamin and mineral boost but the energy release will be much more consistent. (source )
3. It serves as ‘a happy fruit’.
It is usually advisable to start off your day with a banana, this is because bananas have the ability to clear hangovers, reduce stress and boost you overall mood. Owing to these characteristics bananas are often referred to as ‘a happy fruit’.
Bananas are a good source of the amino acid tryptophan which your body converts to serotonin. Amongst many other things, proper serotonin levels help improve your mood, reduce stress and enhance your general outlook and happiness levels. It also helps regulate your sleep patterns. Bananas are a great choice for mornings when you’ve overdone it a bit the night before. A couple of bananas blended with ice, berries and coconut milk or cow’s milk makes a really good hangover recovery drink. (source )
4. Cures constipation and aids digestion.
Taking a banana after a meal helps prevent the likelihood of having a constipation and also aids quick and easy digestion of your meal. This is because of the fibre content present in bananas.
I remember when I was younger, whenever I came up with a constipation, my dad would simply hand me 2 bananas and before long, the constipation would be gone.
5. Cures skin defects.
Banana peels can be used for skin maintenance and also for treatment of certain skin defects such as acne, eczema, warts and psoriasis.
Rub the freshly peeled inside of the banana skin gently over the affected area and leave the residue to be absorbed. The fatty acid content of the banana skin helps relieve a variety of skin conditions, as well as having a strong moisturising effect. source
Banana peel treatments are a traditional remedy to heal warts. Rub a small piece of banana peel over the wart and then tightly tape it in place. Leave it overnight and repeat this process for at least a week or until the wart disappears. source
Results of using bananas for skin may vary due to the fact that there are different skin types and some skin types may react to the application of the banana peel. It is advised to take a patch test first before embarking on full treatment procedures.
6. Cures ulcers and heartburns.
Patients with ulcers are often placed on a daily diet including bananas. It can be taken with milk for effective results. This is because bananas are able to lower PH-level and also strengthen the mucus layer in the stomach. It also reduces the occurrence of heartburns and acid reflux.
7. Source of essential vitamins.
Bananas is also a good source of B-Vitamins hence it aids the reversal of the effects of withdrawing from smoking. It also helps prevents chronic diseases including asthma and cancers of the kidney.
Check out this simple recipe for banana smoothies, especially for people dealing with depression and also hoping to boost brain performance.
I do hope you add bananas to your daily snacks as its benefits are amazing. Do not forget to eat right and stay healthy.